Category Archives for "Urban Transit"

Jan 09

Response to the Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan

By TAO-admin | Highways and Bridges , Intercity Rail and Bus , Latest News , Urban Transit

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is developing a long-range (2051) multimodal transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.  Objectives include reducing congestion, supporting economic growth, promoting healthy lifestyles, responding to the climate change challenge and leveraging new technology.   The province is seeking public input on a draft set of long-term goals which will inform the plan.


Transport Action Ontario, along with 5 other non-government organizations, has formally responded to the Province’s request for comments.  Our letter can be viewed here:  GGH Draft Transportation Plan Comments – December 22, 2017

Dec 18

Second Update on Funding Gaps for Rapid and Conventional Transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

By TAO-admin | Latest News , Major Reports , Urban Transit

Transport Action Ontario has released a second update report and backgrounder on funding gaps for transit in the GTHA.  It reflects an assumed rapid transit network as proposed by Metrolinx in their 2017 draft Regional Transportation Plan, rather than that identified in their 2016 discussion paper.

These two reports update our two previous reports posted in September, 2017.



Nov 16

Comments on Metrolinx draft Regional Transportation Plan

By TAO-admin | Latest News , Press Releases and Open Letters , Publications and Links , Urban Transit

Metrolinx, the regional transportation planning agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, released an updated draft Regional Transportation Plan in September,with comments due by late November.  A collaborative of 12 non-government advocacy organizations spanning the health, environment and transportation sectors, including Transport Action Ontario (TAO), submitted comments to Metrolinx.  Our comments can be viewed in the attachment.  They include points on improved transit planning, aligning transit with land use density and new revenue tools.

Our letter received good coverage in a Toronto Star article  on October 31, including comments by TAO’s Peter Miasek.

Following this article, Peter Miasek of TAO and Gideon Forman from the David Suzuki Foundation penned an Op-ed that amplified on the major points in the letter, particularly on getting politics out of transit planning,  the need for new revenue tools and the need to connect land use and transit planning decisions.   The Op-ed was published in the Toronto Star on November 8 and can be viewed here.

Nov 09

Op-Ed: What it will take to make Metrolinx transit plan a reality

By TAO-admin | Latest News , Urban Transit

The Toronto Star has published an opinion/commentary piece authored by Peter Miasek of Transport Action Ontario and Gideon Foreman of the David Suzuki Foundation.  It outlines the three big challenges in achieving real transportation improvements as outlined in the Metrolinx draft regional transportation plan.  These are: too much politics in transit planning, need for new revenue tools and disconnected land use decisions.  These challenges need to be addressed to achieve the transportation benefits promised in the draft plan.

The op-ed can be viewed at this link:

If the link does not work, a PDF version can be viewed here:  TAO-TheStarOpEd2017-11-08