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We want to know how congestion affects you. Let us know what you think we should do about it, and how we should pay to invest in transit expansion. Please take the time to review the presentation and ...

We want to know how congestion affects you. Let us know what you think we should do about it, and how we should pay to invest in transit expansion. Please take the time to review the presentation and fill in the survey. We will include all responses received before November 26, 2013, in our report to the government.

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Tisap online consultation Tisap online consultation Presentation Transcript

  • Welcome to the Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel Online consultation
  • The Panel Mandate • The Panel will advise the Province on how to respond to the Metrolinx Investment Strategy • Engage the public about: – The plan – The need for investment – The right course of action. • Recommend specific revenue and funding tools in December 2013
  • Our Approach • To challenge misconceptions and establish criteria and options, the panel prepared three discussion papers to guide public consultations: 1. Hard Truths About Transit – Presents six hard truths to form the basis of the Panel’s consultations. 2. The Transit We Need – Establishes criteria for project selection and prioritization, and improved accountability. 3. Paying for Transit: Considering the Options – Discusses specific ways to pay for transit expansion.
  • Six Hard Truths About Transit 1. Subways are not the only good form of transit: – Must match right transit mode and technology to route. 2. Transit does not automatically drive development: – Transit lines must connect with current and anticipated jobs. 3. The cost of building transit is not the main expense: – Operating and maintenance costs are a major portion of total lifecycle cost.
  • Six Hard Truths About Transit 4. Transit riders are not the only beneficiaries of new transit infrastructure: – Everyone benefits – drivers, businesses, others. 5. Transit expansion in the GTHA is not at a standstill: – The largest transit investment in Ontario history is under way now . 6. Funds cannot be found by simply cutting waste in government: – New sources of revenue are needed to deliver world class transit in the GTHA. $16 billion worth of transit projects are being designed and built today.
  • The Transit We Need • The criteria for project selection and prioritization is that projects must be: – Aligned with current and anticipated jobs – Coordinated with location of community and public institutions – Geared to create an integrated network supporting all modes – Planned to use appropriate mode and technology – Implemented on practical timelines
  • The Transit We Need (2) • Better governance and accountability is vital: – New revenue must be dedicated to transit projects – Decisions must be based on lifecycle costs of projects – Greater partnership must be forged between all levels of governments – There should be municipal representation on the Metrolinx Board
  • Paying for Transit: Considering the Options • Criteria: – Sufficient – Fair – Easy – Transit-friendly – Minimizes economic distortion
  • Paying for Transit: Considering the Options • Projects and revenue tools can be phased in together. • All levels of government should invest • Federal participation: – Canada is the only G7 country without a dedicated federal funding program for transit – One-off commitments should be replaced by dedicated funding – Federal contributions needed for capital and long-term operating and maintenance • Success depends on support from all sectors.
  • Next Steps and Closing Remarks • Please leave your completed workbooks and comment cards on the table. • Feel free to complete the online questionnaire on www.transitpanel.ca/have-your-say • Email your ideas to transit@transitpanel.ca