71% of GTHA Residents Are “Fed Up” With Gridlock
“We’re not going to take it anymore” is the resounding sentiment from residents in a new poll commissioned by the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, which reveals that 71 per cent of residents in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) are “fed up” with gridlock and traffic congestion in the GTHA. Twenty-six per cent of respondents cited “improving quality of life” as the most important reason for improving transportation in the GTHA.
Forty-three per cent of poll respondents believe new funds must be raised to build The Big Move that is designed to tackle gridlock and traffic congestion through transit, roads, bike lanes and sidewalks. This is a higher share of residents than the 39 per cent who believe that existing government funds are sufficient to deliver on this plan.
Thirty-nine per cent of respondents think it is fair to ask GTHA residents to contribute to the cost.
“Our poll reinforces what we have been hearing from residents across the region since we launched our campaign – that we can’t wait any longer and we must take action to address the congestion issues plaguing our region,” said John Tory, Chair of CivicAction. “With a hundred thousand more people choosing to move to the region each year, commute times and public discontent will only get worse if we don’t act.”
The poll was conducted by Forum Research on behalf of CivicAction between March 28 and April 3, 2013 using a randomly selected sample of 1491 GTHA residents. The poll was conducted by Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%, 19 out of 20 times.
Nearly a quarter of respondents (23%) are aware of CivicAction’s Your 32 campaign, demonstrating increased interest in tackling gridlock. CivicAction and its 45-person Champions Council launched the Your32 campaign (www.your32.com) last fall to build support for sustainable ways to invest in better transportation.
“Long commute times are affecting our health, costing us money, and taking away from time that we can spend with friends and family,” said Mitzie Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of CivicAction. “It has become clear we need a number of ways to raise the funds necessary to move forward. With Metrolinx’s Investment Strategy being tabled by June 1, we have a historic window of opportunity to solve our growing gridlock crisis.”
CivicAction will kick off the next stage of its Your32 campaign on April 17th as it hosts 300 business, government, and community leaders at the CivicAction Forum: Our Region, Our Move.
The Forum will start with an address by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Speakers and moderators represent leading voices in business, government, academia and the not-for-profit sector. For the agenda and the list of speakers and moderators, visit www.civicaction.ca/forum.