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Move The GTHA Report: significant progress, but large funding gaps remain

Posted on: August 17th, 2016

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This week Move The GTHA, a regional transit advocacy coalition co-founded by CodeRedTO, released a new progress report on The Big Move, the provincial transportation plan. “Are We There Yet?” is a discussion of the state of transit investment in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area, and the accompanying backgrounder covers all sources and details.

Recent coverage:

Originally announced in 2008, with a 25-year project timeline, it is appropriate to review progress and assess where the province and all partners need to improve.

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It is important to recognize that significant progress has been made: nearly half the planned rapid transit and regional transit improvement kilometres have been funded or completed. But key projects remain unfunded, and the regional transit network will not function efficiently and effectively with only the current projects in construction – more is needed to catch us up after decades of stagnation and political cancellations.

 

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In addition to the above-noted capital (construction) funding gap which remains, the report also notes the highly-problematic lack of operations funding: there are currently zero new dollars allocated or even identified for operations and maintenance of the extensive regional rapid transit network, within any of the GTHA transit agencies or the provincial government. As public transit is a service, not a profit centre, municipalities may be on the hook for increased spending without any increased support.

By comparison, even the new York University extension to the TTC Line 1 subway, opening in late 2017, will require an additional $30 million in annual funding for operations – more than a 1% property tax increase on its own. Each new line will have subsidy requirements to be run effectively and not be simply dusty tracks seldom used.

Our report lists several specific requirements for the government:

  • Capital funding strategy and revenue sources to complete the plan
  • Operations funding strategy and revenue sources
  • A transit summit among all levels of government, regional transit agencies, and stakeholders, to ensure alignment in development, funding, and support

The report also lists requirements for the public:

  • Communicate with your elected representatives at all levels to share your support for properly-planned, properly-funded rapid transit across the region
  • Participate in the Metrolinx Big Move Review to share your feedback on projects
  • Share your ideas and information with neighbours in your community and encourage everyone to speak up about the importance of investment

Read the full report and detailed backgrounder

 

Misinformation On Council Is Putting Scarborough Rapid Transit At Risk

Posted on: July 17th, 2013

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Motion 37.17 cancels the 7-stop, 9.9km Scarborough RT replacement & extension to Malvern, and begins the process of finding cash, starting an EA, and designing a 3-stop, 7.6km subway extension to serve about half as many Scarborough residents. It may also put at risk the 26-stop, 12km Sheppard East LRT by removing over $330M from its funding, as stated by both Mayor Ford and Finance Minister Flaherty on July 16.*
It doesn’t confirm sufficient funds for subway extension, but does cancel at least 1 line that is already funded.

Councillors putting
Scarborough Rapid Transit At Risk:

Augimeri, Bailão, Berardinetti, Colle, Crawford, De Baeremaeker, Del Grande, Fletcher, Kelly, Lee, McConnell, McMahon, Mihevc, Parker, Pasternak, Perruzza, Robinson, Stintz, Thompson

Call and email your councillor today
to protect Scarborough rapid transit.

 

* Update: The Chair of the TTC, the Toronto City Manager, Metrolinx, and the provincial Minister of Transportation all indicated on July 17 that the funds slated for the Sheppard East LRT are intended for that project only and would not be redirected. However, no written guarantee has been produced on this at this time.

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CALL your City Councillor, and tell them that you want rational, affordable, and rapid transit in Toronto to benefit everyone, not just one small section of the city. Rapid transit to Malvern, Morningside, Jane & Finch are achievable if we learn from successful transit networks around the world.

TELL your friends and family that subways are amazing - they really are! - but with limited funding we have to make rational decisions about whether to support more residents or leave people waiting for crowded buses for decades longer.

Did you know: The bus routes on Finch have over 85% of the ridership of the (much shorter) Sheppard Subway, and the bus routes on Eglinton already have over 140%! The lengths differ but the need is common in many areas of the city. We are decades behind and need better transit options for our residents now.

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