300 community leaders' advice to politicians: "Time to deliver on region's future. Fund transportation expansion on our terms."


TORONTO, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - "Get on with it. Make the most of it. And take better care of our money while you're at it." That's the advice of 300 community leaders that CivicAction delivered today to Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) elected officials and Metrolinx. 

The 300 community leaders have four key recommendations on how to invest in our region's future through an expanded transportation network: 

  1. Accountability and transparency are not optional
  2. Implement revenue tools now with five principles in mind
  3. Maximize social and economic benefits by collaborating with communities and stakeholders
  4. Build support and trust through communication that "makes it real"

The leaders developed these views at the CivicAction Forum: Our Region, Our Move last month. With Metrolinx set to share its strategy on how to fund the rest of The Big Move regional transportation plan by June 1, politicians should get ready to move. 

"The views shared by these leaders demonstrate great public desire for action on our congestion crisis," said CivicAction Chair John Tory. "People are ready to be part of the solution so long as they see that the money is spent well, and with maximum bang for the buck." 

At the CivicAction Forum, CivicAction and its Regional Transportation Champions and Regional Co-Captains launched its "Pledge to Get a Move On," the second phase of the Your32 regional transportation campaign. More than 1,000 residents and close to 50 politicians have already pledged at your32.com to support funding for transportation expansion that meets these terms: Dedicated; Efficient; Transparent & Accountable; Regional; Fair; and Sustainable. 

"The community leaders' recommendations will provide direction to elected officials at all levels as they decide how to invest in a better system," explained Mitzie Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of CivicAction. "We want elected officials to join us and their constituents in 'getting a move on' and build the network that will enable our region's growth and prosperity."

About CivicAction's Your32 campaign
CivicAction and its 50+ team of civic Champions and Regional Co-Captains aim to build support for a better regional transportation system and the need for new sustainable ways to pay for it. For more information, visit www.your32.com.

About CivicAction
For the past 10 years, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (CivicAction) has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some of our region's toughest social, economic, and environmental challenges. CivicAction sets a non-partisan agenda, builds strategic partnerships with organizations, and launches campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region. For more information, visit: www.civicaction.ca, @CivicActionGTA

PDF available here: Our Region, Our Move: Accelerating investment in our regional transportation network - Report from the CivicAction Forum

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Image with caption: "CivicAction Chair John Tory Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig and CivicAction CEO Mitzie Hunter with the Our Region Our Move report (CNW Group/CivicAction)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130516_C7616_PHOTO_EN_26850.jpg

Image with caption: "John Tory and Mitzie Hunter deliver Our Region Our Move report to elected officials (CNW Group/CivicAction)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130516_C7616_PHOTO_EN_26851.jpg

Image with caption: "Mitzie Hunter and John Tory deliver Our Region Our Move report to Queens Park (CNW Group/CivicAction)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130516_C7616_PHOTO_EN_26852.jpg

Image with caption: "Mitzie Hunter shares highlights of the Our Region Our Move report in front of Queens Park (CNW Group/CivicAction)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130516_C7616_PHOTO_EN_26853.jpg

SOURCE: CivicAction

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Media Contact:
Julia Lo, Senior Communications Officer
Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
416-309-4480 x500

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