John Tory's Questionable Transit Cut



    Conservative costing means $100 million cut to transportation

    TORONTO, Sept. 14 /CNW/ - Despite his rhetoric, the John Tory costing of
his transportation promises means a $100 million cut. And there is no
accounting for the $17.5 Billion Move Ontario 2020 program to invest in new
rapid transit lines in the GTA and Hamilton.
    Tory is pledging to only spend $3.1 Billion for transit and
transportation by 2011/2012. But McGuinty Liberals are already investing
$3.2 Billion in transit and transportation this year.
    "John Tory is more than five years and $100 million behind Dalton
McGuinty," said Liberal MPP Brad Duguid. "Transit needs more support, not
less."
    Under the McGuinty Liberals transit ridership has increased by 65 million
riders. And by dedicating 2 cents of the existing gas tax to transit,
investing in new trains and buses, and expanding GO Transit service, McGuinty
Liberals are rebuilding public transit after eight years of Conservative cuts.
    "Conservatives cut all funding for public transit, and now John Tory's
numbers - despite his rhetoric - mean another cut. He just hasn't thought this
through," Duguid said.
    Duguid noted both Conservatives and NDP voted against the Toronto subway
expansion and against $400 million to help fix municipal roads and bridges.
And John Tory has refused to commit to the Move Ontario 2020 transit
expansion.

    
    Backgrounder

         McGuinty Liberal investments in transit and transportation

    Highlights of McGuinty Liberal investments in public transit and
    transportation:

        -  $1.8 billion for GO Transit
        -  $1.8 billion to City of Toronto since 2003 to expand and improve
           transit service
        -  $838 million for expansion of the TTC Toronto-York subway line,
           and Brampton and Mississauga transit systems
        -  $701 million in dedicated gas tax funding since 2003 - another
           $1.4 billion over the next 5 years
        -  $50 million annually for the bus replacement program
        -  $400 million for municipal roads and bridges
        -  $17.5 billion Move Ontario 2020 to expand light rapid transit
           throughout GTA and Toronto

    What people are saying about McGuinty Liberal Move Ontario 2020 transit
    plan:

    "Kudos to Premier McGuinty for a great step forward. It gives the GTTA the
fuel and the map to start the vital work of improving our region's transit
network and reducing the impacts of gridlock on our economy and quality of
life."
        -  Carol Wilding, President and CEO, Toronto Board of Trade

    "This is the boldest, most visionary development in the history of the
Greater Toronto Area and will transform the region into a community where
public transit makes a real difference.
        -  Michael W. Roschlau, President and CEO, Canadian Urban Transit
           Association

    "This government's unprecedented investment in public transit in the GTA
will have a huge impact on improving traffic and in contributing to economic
growth."
        -  Beatrice Schmied, CEO, Ontario Public Transit Association

    "This is wonderful news. Serious transit infrastructure expansion has
lagged for over 20 years in the GTA, but this historic funding announcement
should put public transit back on track for the next 20."
        -  Paul Bedford, Urban Mentor and Chief Planner Emeritus, City of
           Toronto

    "This is a great announcement with serious money behind it... If we can
pull this off, the Toronto region will be the envy of the modern urban world
in creating a place to live and work where there really is an alternative to
being stuck in traffic."
        -  Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies

    "This is an historic commitment. What the Ontario government has done is
declare war on congestion and on environmental degradation."
        -  Lee Sims, Director, IBI Group
    





For further information:

For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 961-3800 ext. 412,
ben_chin@ontarioliberal.ca

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