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November 1, 2012
Building Trades to work with CivicAction
At its recent annual convention, the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario passed a resolution to work with the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance in its campaign to build support for more investment in a regional transportation system for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
CivicAction recently launched its “What would you do with 32?” campaign, which says on average commuters in the GTHA would save 32 minutes a day if The Big Move regional, multi-modal transportation plan is funded and built in the next 25 years.
Patrick Dillon, business manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, is one of CivicAction’s Regional Transportation Champions.
“This campaign is unique in its active push to bring everyone — road and transit users, taxpayers, businesses, members and students — into the discussion,” said Dillon in a news release.
“We want people to talk about how the transportation system could be so much better, and how their day-to-day lives would be better with greater investment in the system.”
According to Metrolinx, a provincial agency that owns much of the transportation infrastructure in Toronto and Hamilton, building the projects in The Big Move strategy could create a projected 430,000 new jobs and be a catalyst to generate $21 billion in employment incomes.
The Resolution commits the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario to work with CivicAction to promote The Big Move and ensure that new and sustainable funding sources are secured for the expansion of the region’s transportation infrastructure.
“We need investment in a better transportation system that is efficient, accessible, affordable, and fully connected across the entire GTHA,” said Mitzie Hunter, CivicAction chief executive officer, in the release.
“This resolution is a vote of confidence from the people who face congestion getting to work sites every day, and who will be instrumental in constructing the new infrastructure that comes with greater investment.”
Though this campaign, CivicAction is calling on leaders from all sectors across the GTHA to take a conversation to their communities about what matters to people, and what actions they want governments to take to invest in a better regional transportation system.
Metrolinx is slated to submit an investment strategy to the province and the region’s municipal governments by June 2013 with its recommendations on how to pay for an improved network to serve the GTHA.
Metrolinx says if no comprehensive system is built over the same 25-year period as The Big Move, the average commute time in the GTHA will be 109 minutes, compared with 77 minutes if it is built.
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