Mississauga Residents’ Associations Network discusses the Big Move

Mississauga Residents’ Associations Network discusses the Big Move


Posted on May 23rd, by Move the GTHA in Discussion. 2 comments

The Mississauga Residents’ Associations Network (MIRANET) Transportation Subcommittee has published their discussion paper addressing the Metrolinx’s shortlist of funding tools for the Big Move.

Outlining the results of its Transportation Forum on May 1, the report offers recommendations for Metrolinx in moving forward with its funding proposal next week. MIRANET proposes that “continuity” and “reliability” be added to the list of guiding principles to ensure the implementation of the Big Move is not interrupted by the uncertainty of governments’ annual budget processes.

MIRANET proposes that certain revenue tools remain under municipal control including transit fares and Parking Space Levy. The Network further proposes a transit fare reduction to encourage ridership and assist low-income groups. Other tools recommended by the Network include Fuel Tax and Land Value Capture. They highlight options that provide a disincentive to drivers to create behavioural change and increase use of both active and public transportation. Property Tax was ruled out as an option by the group.

MIRANET states that Public Private Partnerships and public bonds should be explored as a source of revenue to reduce the reliance on taxes.

Read more about MIRANET’s proposals in the full report.





2 thoughts on “Mississauga Residents’ Associations Network discusses the Big Move

  1. Thanks for reporting on our Discussion Paper regarding the Metrolinx funding proposals for the Big Move. Your summary states: “MIRANET proposes that certain revenue tools be municipally controlled including Fuel Tax, Highway Tolls, Land Value Capture and Parking Space Levy. The options provide a disincentive to drivers to create behavioural change and increase use of both active and public transportation.”

    PLEASE NOTE: We did not recommend that a Fuel Tax, Tolls for funding new highways or a Land Value Capture tax be municipally controlled. We indicated that parking fees and transit fares should remain under municipal control should they be employed as contributors to the funding pot.

    We also stated: “The following measures (user fees) are logical in terms of achieving policy implementation and fair distribution. But … reducing the provincial budget deficit (i.e. interest payments), issuing public bonds and establishing Public Private Partnerships should be pursued to minimize reliance on any additional taxes.”

  2. Thanks for being so responsive and posting a revised summary of the MIRANET Discussion Paper. Such follow-up and concern for accuracy makes ‘Move the GTHA’ a go-to site for our volunteer group. Keep up the good work, and we’d better all stay tuned as Metrolinx starts to move on its recommendations!

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