Metrolinx Outlines Detailed Plan to fund Big Move Transportation Plan
TORONTO, May 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Metrolinx Board of Directors will
consider its report to the Province of Ontario and municipalities
recommending an Investment Strategy to support over 400 km of new and
enhanced transit, along with improvements to roads and highways.
"Congestion is getting worse every day. It's having an increasingly
negative impact on both our quality of life and our region's economy,"
said Robert Prichard, Chair of the Metrolinx Board. "The $16 billion of
new transit being built today will deliver real results for commuters,
but we cannot stand still. We need to continue to invest in The Big
Move and get the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) moving
The Big Move's Next Wave of projects will transform the region by building
new light rapid transit in Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton; new bus
rapid transit in Halton, Peel, Toronto and Durham; subway expansion
with the Relief Line and the Yonge Subway Extension into York Region;
major enhancements to GO Transit as well as improvements to municipal
transit projects, roads and highways, and active transportation
This Investment Strategy is designed to support a set of transit and
transportation projects that comprise the Next Wave of The Big Move.
The Investment Strategy is made up of four parts, with 24 accompanying
Integrating Transportation, Growth, and Land Use Planning.
Maximizing the Value of Public Infrastructure Investment.
Optimizing System and Network Efficiency.
Dedicating New Revenue Sources for Transit and Transportation.
Based upon the principles of dedication of funding, fairness, equity and
accountability, and informed by broad and deep consultation throughout
the GTHA, Metrolinx is recommending the following investment tools:
One Percentage Point Increase to the Harmonized Sales Tax
Regional Fuel and Gasoline Tax - 5 cents per litre
Business Parking Levy
Development Charges Amendments
High Occupancy Toll Lanes
Pay for Parking at transit stations
Land Value Capture
"Metrolinx is recommending that we have dedicated funds" said Bruce
McCuaig, Metrolinx President and CEO. "We are also recommending that
these funds be placed into a transportation trust fund to create
certainty that The Big Move projects are delivered and to provide the
accountability and transparency GTHA residents demand and deserve."
Metrolinx is required by legislation to report to the Ontario Minister
of Transportation and heads of municipal council by June 1, 2013 on an
Investment Strategy in support of The Big Move.
Metrolinx is working to provide residents and businesses in the GTHA
with a transportation system that is modern, efficient and integrated.
Find out more about The Big Move at www.bigmove.ca.
For further information:
Anne Marie Aikins, Manager, Corporate Communications & Media Relations, (416) 576-0859, firstname.lastname@example.org