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Quality of life is the main reason citizens says better transportation is worth the investment, according to CivicAction’s latest campaign highlighting the 32 reasons to invest in our region’s transportation priorities.

TORONTO

Quality of life is the main reason citizens says better transportation is worth the investment, according to CivicAction’s latest campaign highlighting the 32 reasons to invest in our region’s transportation priorities.

CivicAction and its Regional Transportation Champions delivered highlights of the month-long campaign to elected officials at Queen’s Park on Dec. 2 along with a clear message: “we expect dedicated and accountable measures in the spring 2014 budget that will fully deliver the transportation priorities and benefits people need and deserve.”

Jobs and economy ranked next after quality of life in the campaign, followed by equity and access to jobs, school and other social activities.

CivicAction chair John Tory said it’s time for all party leaders to clearly spell out how they will fund the approximately $2 billion a year needed for the next wave of transportation projects.

“But funding measures only take us so far,” Tory said.

“While residents and businesses are clear about the benefits of better transportation, we need to be convinced our money will be well taken care of — that it gets raised fairly, that it gets spent rationally, and that it delivers a system we can be proud of to pass on to the next generation. Fear of seeing their money misspent is a major obstacle standing in the way of public consensus on transportation funding.”

Tory outlined other stipulations in his appeal.

“For those who say eliminating waste in government will pay for it all, let us see the list of specific cuts. For those who say it can come from corporations we need them to spell out how this can be done without threatening jobs or investment in Ontario. We also call on elected officials at other levels. You have a role to play too, to show that you’re ready to get behind provincial leaders on this.”

Since CivicAction launched its Pledge to Get a Move On this spring, 133 politicians have joined close to 5,000 residents in pledging their support for new ways to fund transportation, provided those ways are dedicated, efficient, transparent and accountable, regional, fair, and sustainable.

Signatories include 16 mayors, Premier Kathleen Wynne, the ministers of finance and transportation, provincial NDP critics for GTA issues, urban transportation, and finance, and councillors, MPPs, and MPs from across the political spectrum.

Throughout November, Regional Transportation Champions engaged employees, constituents, members, and commuters with a speaker’s corner in Union Station, stunts on subways, lunch and learns, videos, Your32-branded candy and postcards at offices, airports, schools, conferences and other activities across the region.

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