Toronto Talks Transportation: Feeling Congested Consultation Results
Toronto’s Executive Committee received a staff report outlining recommendations for funding tools to implement the “Big Move”. The report lists seven revenue tools for City Council to recommend to Metrolinx as a way to fund transit expansion in the region.
Ninety-two per cent of respondents who participated in the Feeling Congested public consultations support the use of dedicated government revenues to fund public transit infrastructure. The report also cites an Ipsos Reid poll stating 85 per cent of Toronto residents believe new revenues are needed for transportation expansion in the GTHA.
Sentiment from the public consultations landed heavily on the need for equitable and dedicated tools and that the cost be shared across various user groups. While there was talk that the tools should create a disincentive to drivers, it was emphasized that there should be public transit options in place for those drivers as an alternative method of transportation.
With Metrolinx preparing to present its recommendations to the board of directors on May 27, key stakeholders are advancing the discussion around how the “Big Move” will be funded. There is a clear desire to improve transportation in the GTHA and the region is moving closer to deciding on the tools to achieve it.