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Resources on Revenue Tools and Funding for Transit

Posted on: February 8th, 2013

We’ve gathered some resources for those interested in revenue tools potentially under consideration for the GTHA and future transit funding – send your additions to info@coderedTO.com!

 

Join the Big Conversation

Posted on: February 8th, 2013

Metrolinx is holding consultations to discuss the Big Move and how to fund it – have you had your say? Here is the events list – emphasizing the remaining events. Be sure to check one out if you can!

•    January 15 – Oakville: Halton Regional Headquarters, Bronte Room, 6-8pm
•    January 19 – Newmarket: Newmarket Community Centre, Room 1, 1-3pm 
•    January 22 – Mississauga: Erin Meadows Community Centre, 6-8pm
•    January 26 – Georgetown: Gellert Community Centre, Kinsmen Hall, 2-4pm 
•    January 29 – Ajax: Ajax Community Centre, HMS Room, 6-8pm
•    February 2 – Brampton: Flower City Seniors Centre Lawn Bowling Club, 1-3pm 
•    February 5 – North York: North York Central Library, Auditorium, 6-8pm
•    February 7 – Oshawa: Jubilee Pavilion Banquet & Conference Centre, 6-8pm
•    February 9 – Toronto: Metro Hall, Room 308, 1-3pm
•    February 12 – Hamilton: Hamilton Art Gallery, 6-8pm
•    February 16 – Dundas: Dundas Town Hall, 1-3pm
•    February 19 – Richmond Hill: Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts, Plaza Suite, 6-8pm

Learn more

Future Transit Question of the Month: TTC Day Passes and Presto

Posted on: January 16th, 2013

#CodeRedTO takes your questions and finds answers! This month: Will TTC Day passes (or Presto Day Passes) still be available after Presto is fully implemented on TTC routes?

We spoke to both the TTC and Metrolinx, and here’s their response:

The availability of a TTC Day Pass is one of the TTC Business Requirements that has been submitted, and accepted, by PRESTO. However, at this time it is under review how the PRESTO system will be able to implement the “group function” of the current TTC day pass. For example, each individual in the “group” may be required to have an individual PRESTO day pass to travel and transfer on the TTC. These sorts of details will be worked out as we move forward with PRESTO through detailed design.

Got a question you can’t find the answer to? Email info@CodeRedTO.com or find us on Twitter at @CodeRedTO!

Presentation on Activism and Transit Issues at the Urban Geography class at U of T Scarborough

Posted on: July 10th, 2012

On June 25, a CodeRedTO representative presented the following slides in an Urban Geography class at the U of T Scarborough. The topics included not just transit issues and facts, but also activism in general and obstacles to Getting Stuff Done. Download a PDF of the slide deck below!

Presentation to the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on General Government

Posted on: June 9th, 2012

On June 6th, a representative of CodeRedTO spoke to the Standing Committee on General Government at the Ontario Legislative Building (commonly referred to as Queen’s Park). The committee is studying congestion and gridlock, and also heard presentations from Metrolinx, the TTC, several cities and regions including Toronto and Ottawa, TTCriders, and others. (Click to view the June 4 and June 6 agendas; the full transcript or recording will eventually appear on the committee website here)

We were given 10 minutes to speak, and 5 minutes for questions. On such a deep and often technical topic, this was a very slim timeframe to work with. The decision was made to focus on some simple history and facts, one big idea, and several appendices to include other information that the MPPs may be interested in reading later. (Click to download the full presentation, 2 MB PDF)

The “one big idea” chosen was the idea of a transportation-specific tax, possibly connected to a referendum, using Los Angeles County’s “Measure R” as a template. A 1% increase in the Ontario HST province-wide, dedicated to transit, road, and bike infrastructure, would net about $1.5B per year and should be designed to bring funding back into every community in a consistent and non-partisan way.

Our presentation began with a mention of specific transportation issues in committee members’ ridings, which drew nods from all parties as they clearly understood the funding problems their constituents often face. During the question segment, a representative from each of the PCs, the Liberals, and the NDP expressed their thanks for the engaging and clear presentation. They then asked questions based on either genuine interest or political hobby-horses, depending on one’s preferred party.

Some of the questions that were asked (and which many other presenters were also asked) included:

  • What do you think about LRT vs subway? (PC)
    • Our response: Toronto is one of the only cities on the planet that uses only buses and subways. [Not said: Streetcars in this question function as buses, in that they are slow and low-capacity compared to the modes in question.] Every other advanced transit system uses a mixture of modes for different situations. We advocate for the right technology in the right place at the right time, and we want better rapid transit options for more residents, sooner. Sometimes that means LRT, sometimes it means subways, sometimes it means neither.
  • Did you ask anyone outside Toronto about this tax idea? (Liberal)
    • Our response: no, this is not meant as a formal proposal and though we have heard strong messages of support from outside Toronto and Ottawa, this has not been formally measured.
  • What do you think about TTC vs Metrolinx construction of LRT lines, that is AFP/P3 vs more TTC control? (NDP)
    • That is very far outside our areas of expertise, and while we want more rapid transit sooner, and AFP approaches have worked well in Europe but perhaps less well in North America, we have no opinion on this as we don’t have the expertise.
  • Were any other revenue methods considered? (Liberal)
    • Yes, in that we think there are many methods to gather revenue that should all be explored and used, rather than sticking to just one revenue generator.

CodeRedTO was happy to be able to present, and we mentioned in our presentation and reiterate here that we receive no funding or talking points from any political party, group, or elected individuals. We are happy to bring presentations of varying lengths about light rail, about transit expansion, about the pros and cons of various technologies and designs, to any public meeting should an MPP (or anyone!) like to invite us.

Video from CodeRedTO LRT Information Session

Posted on: June 5th, 2012

A friend of #CodeRedTO, @HiMYSYeD, kindle recorded much of our transit information session on May 3rd at the Agincourt Library near Sheppard and Kennedy. Not everything was captured so be sure to join us at a future event!

 

Part 1: Introductions, rules for fairness (0-6 mins), How Did We Get Here (6-16 mins) (Total: 16:56)

Part 2: Presentation on Light Rail for Sheppard and around the world, from TTC’s David Nagler (Total: 24:02)

Part 3: Vehicle comparison, Roadway comparison, Left Turns, Vehicle Speeds, Overall Travel Time
(no video – slides downloadable in a previous post)

Part 4: Real Travel Time Example, plus Costs Comparison (Total: 5:12)

Part 5: What is being built, when, and common concerns
(no video- slides downloadable in a previous post)

CodeRedTO Presentation from National Transit Strategy Town Hall Meeting May 31st

Posted on: June 5th, 2012

National Transit Strategy Town Hall Presentation

CodeRedTO was invited to attend a recent town hall meeting hosted by Scarborough Member of Parliament Dan Harris regarding the push for a National Public Transit Strategy. Presenters included Harris, fellow MP Olivia Chow, Toronto Councillor Janet Davis, and Joe Drew and Cameron MacLeod of CodeRedTO.

As the event was related to public transit and being held in Toronto, we were invited to provide the facts about Toronto’s current transit expansion (including costs and funding), and to discuss the history of transit expansion in the city. Councillor Davis presented on the history of the TTC and the history of transit funding in Ontario.

Click to see our short presentation from that meeting, and if you are interested in learning more about the National Public Transit Strategy, you can visit them on Facebook or on Twitter.

TTC and CodeRedTO presentations from Agincourt Event May 3rd

Posted on: May 4th, 2012

 

On the evening of May 3rd, CodeRedTO hosted a very successful public information session about light rail expansion in Scarborough, at the Agincourt Library. There were  over 40 attendees and an hour of questions, and despite strong opinions everyone was civil and friendly, and always willing to listen to others’ opinions and concerns. So first and foremost, thank you Scarborough for being such great people!

Presentation by David Nagler of TTC (PDF)

The TTC’s Community Relations Team Lead, David Nagler, gave a great presentation about the facts on LRT and what is planned for Sheppard East, such as stop spacing and roadway design as it currently stands. He also gave us permission to post his presentation here for those who would like to review.

Click the image at right to download the 2MB PDF version of his presentation.

 

The presentation from CodeRedTO included both facts confirmed by the TTC and our own opinions, all the while stressing that residents should learn the facts and make up their own minds. Our presentation featured:

  • CodeRedTO presentation in PDF formatHow did we get here?
  • How do we fix it?
  • A Comparison of the TTC Fleet in 2012, 2016, and 2020
  • A real door-to-door travel time example for a real address in Scarborough
  • Detailed new maps
  • Responses to some of the most commonly-expressed concerns about light rail
  • …and more!

Click the image at right to download the CodeRedTO presentation in PDF format.

CodeRedTO to Host Transit Expansion Information Session for Sheppard Residents

Posted on: April 19th, 2012

Press Release issued this week:

Toronto transit advocacy group CodeRedTO will be hosting a public information session about Toronto’s coming light rail transit (LRT) expansion, on the evening of May 3rd at the Agincourt Library.

Date: May 3, 2012
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Agincourt Library, 155 Bonis Avenue (map: http://g.co/maps/8ck79)

This session will provide constituents with facts (both positive and negative) about light rail and the impact in their neighbourhoods. Fully 50% of the time will be devoted to questions from the public. The TTC and Metrolinx have been invited to participate to help ensure correct information is available, and we will also explain precisely what details Metrolinx will have announced on April 25th.

“I want to try to bring more factual information into the debate,” said CodeRedTO co-founder Cameron MacLeod. “Some have tried to sell Scarborough a bill of goods, rather than honestly sharing the facts.”

Toronto City Council decided on February 8 and March 22 by a large majority to continue the previously approved, designed, funded, and in two cases already under construction LRT lines. However, some continue to use incomplete or misleading information about modern light rail in an attempt to derail the four badly needed rapid transit lines for Finch West, Sheppard East, the Scarborough RT replacement and extension, and Eglinton Avenue.

Some elected representatives have suggested that residents would prefer the already crowded buses, and/or the higher taxes and longer timelines required for subway expansion, rather than the significant improvements in dependability, speed, and capacity closer to their neighbourhoods that light rail makes possible.

However, a poll by Leger Marketing in January[Error in press release: actually February 14th] 2012 showed that given factual information comparing costs and timelines and neighbourhood impact, a majority of Toronto residents agreed with the light rail plan. This suggests, as CodeRedTO believes, that sharing more factual information can only help Toronto residents understand and believe in these expansion projects.

The CodeRedTO presentation will feature content sourced from TTC and Metrolinx staff, environmental assessments, and will be posted to the CodeRedTO website afterward for others to download.

Who has been invited? All MPs and MPPs representing the Scarborough areas close to future LRT lines, any Toronto City Councillors and TDSB Trustees close to future LRT lines in North York and Scarborough, and BIAs and local groups such as Respect Scarborough. Public notices are also being shared online and with nearby libraries, schools, and community centres.

For more information, please contact CodeRedTO: info@coderedTO.com

[Redacted: personal contact information for questions from media.]

Rapid Transit for Toronto

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

Today, Toronto’s city council voted to put LRT back on Sheppard Ave, finishing the resurrection of the Metrolinx 5 in 10 plan after Mayor Ford unilaterally killed it on his first day in office.

#CodeRedTO is very proud to have played a tiny part in extending rapid transit to hundreds of thousands of Torontonians.

Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be continuing our information and education campaign as the construction of Toronto’s largest-ever rapid transit network re-starts and continues.

Many thanks to our supporters and those who have offered constructive criticism. And thanks go most of all to the 25 councillors who supported LRT in Toronto.

How to Help

JOIN our email list to stay informed!

LEARN about Transit and why there's room for subways, light rail, and streetcars in our region, and how light rail is actually a great city-building choice for the lower-density neighbourhoods in Etobicoke, Scarborough, and North York.

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.

Contact us at info@CodeRedTO.com

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