Public seeks specifics around proposed provincial infrastructure spend
THORNHILL, ON, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO)
members want to see improvements to their commutes and be given a
clearer picture by the province of how their dollars will be spent to
This is according to the results of a recent survey which asked over
4,400 CAA members their opinions around improved transportation
infrastructure, and the proposed costs to fund Metrolinx's The Big Move plan.
"Our recent survey highlights that many motorists feel they already pay
their fair share for transportation infrastructure. The message we're
hearing is clear — Ontarians want to see improvements and a direct
benefit, ensuring that the money they pay helps improve their commute,"
said Elliott Silverstein, Manager of Government Relations, CAA South
"With Metrolinx's investment strategy recommending that each household
with one vehicle in the GTHA pay nearly $500 to help fund The Big Move, it is imperative that the public is well informed of the plan, and its
impact on household budgets", Silverstein added.
Respondents agree that they would be less likely to pay for improvements
to transportation infrastructure without seeing tangible benefits like
reduced commute times and less gridlock. They noted that if they were
to pay more, they would expect that the revenues collected remain in
the transportation budget specifically for future road and
CAA members also shared the following in the survey:
Over 40 per cent of respondents supported the introduction of high
occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on existing highways
82 per cent said they would be less willing to pay for new
transportation projects if their commute did not improve
44 per cent of respondents who take GO Transit said they would use the
service less frequently should they be charged for parking
70 per cent of respondents were unaware of the proposed costs to
them/their household budget to help pay for Metrolinx's investment
75 per cent of respondents believe that they are already paying their
fair share towards improved transportation in the region.
For several years, CAA SCO has advocated for a portion of the HST
collected on gas and diesel fuel be allocated directly to
transportation improvements, and serve as one way to save motorists
from further costs.
CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering
roadside services, automotive care, travel and insurance. There are
more than 1.9 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and over 5.9
million members in Canada. We're more than Roadside Assistance. We're
SOURCE: CAA South Central Ontario
For further information:
Media contact: Jeff LeMoine, Communication Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641, or Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Consultant, CAA SCO, email@example.com, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930.