GTTA board calls on federal government for immediate commitment to transit funding



    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Determined to move ahead with the MoveOntario
2020 transit plan, the Board of the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority
(GTTA) has forwarded a resolution to the federal government calling for an
immediate commitment to its requested share of the plan.
    "We want to start moving on these crucial projects as soon as possible,
but we need the federal government as committed partners," said GTTA Chair Rob
MacIsaac. "All levels of government agree that public transportation is a top
priority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. We need all levels of
government participating in taking action on that priority."
    The provincial government's Move Ontario 2020 proposal plans for
$17.5 billion in funding over 12 years, with the federal government's
requested share of this funding identified as $6 billion.
    In approving the resolution at its monthly meeting on Friday, the GTTA
Board pointed to the recently announced $13.7 billion federal budget surplus
as an impetus for seeking immediate action. It also cited calls for a National
Transit Strategy by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayors
Caucus and others - and the federal Minister of Transportation's stated
support for developing such a Strategy.
    "This is a win-win-win proposition. We all recognize that this region is
vital to Canada's economic and social well-being, and that improving the
transportation system is essential to the region's ongoing success," MacIsaac
said.
    Copies of the GTTA resolution have been sent to Prime Minister Stephen
Harper, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, and federal Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Lawrence Cannon. It has also been
copied to GTTA counterparts in Vancouver (Translink) and Montreal (AMT).

    The GTTA is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario. Its mandate is to
create a seamless and sustainable transportation system for the residents and
businesses of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.


    BACKGROUNDER:
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    GTTA RESOLUTION

    Whereas the Move Ontario 2020 proposal by the Province of Ontario plans
for $17.5B in funding over 12 years

    Whereas the Federal Government share of the $17.5B plan is $6B

    Whereas the Federal Government has announced a $13.8B surplus

    Whereas the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayors Caucus
and others have called for a National Transit Strategy and the Federal
Minister of Transportation has indicated the Federal Government is developing
such a Strategy

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED

    That the Federal Government be requested to immediately commit to its
requested share of the Move Ontario 2020 transit plan

    And that copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the Prime Minister,
Federal Ministers of Finance and Transport and our counterparts in Vancouver
(Translink) and Montreal (AMT)





For further information:

For further information: Fran Agnew, Executive Assistant to the GTTA
Chair, (416) 874-5902; Rita Scagnetti, Director of Public Affairs and
Communications, (416) 874-5910

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