THORNHILL, ON, Feb. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Nearly half of Ontarians spend over
an hour commuting to and from work, by vehicle or transit, each and
every day. As the region continues to grow, this already long commute
is expected to increase over the next five years.
And that's why CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) believes any solution
to funding infrastructure in Ontario should be a shared responsibility.
A recent Members Matter survey, of approximately 5,000 CAA members in
southern Ontario, shows 72 per cent agree that the source of funds for
new and expanded transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton
Area (GTHA) should be shared among taxpayers, residents, road users and
Similarly, 88 per cent of those surveyed also say any new money
generated and collected for transportation, should be dedicated to
infrastructure projects (e.g. bridges, highways, roads and transit).
Currently, gas tax revenue collected from motorists at the pumps is not
earmarked exclusively to road and highway improvements.
"In Ontario, health care and education are considered two core pillars.
It's time that transportation is recognized as a third core pillar for
the province. Transportation is vital to our economy, society and
environment and directly impacts all of our daily lives regardless of
our mode of travel," said Elliott Silverstein, Government Relations
Manager, CAA SCO.
"Ontario needs sustained investment in existing roads and infrastructure
projects to address the dire need for expanded transit in the GTHA, and
ensure Ontario's road infrastructure network continues to be the safest
in North America. We look forward to having conversations with Premier
Kathleen Wynne and Transportation Minister Glen Murray on these issues
in the near future," added Silverstein.
CAA SCO is an active champion of CivicAction and continues to work with
other key transportation stakeholders, as well as, our members to find
regional transportation solutions.
The Members Matter survey was conducted February 1 - 10, 2013.
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 5.6 million members in Canada. We're
more than Roadside Assistance. We're Life-side Assistance.
SOURCE: CAA South Central Ontario
For further information:
Media contact: Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Specialist, CAA SCO, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Communications Specialist, email@example.com, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641.