As readers know, Transport Action Ontario is part of the “Move the GTHA” collaborative of non-government organizations that is working towards improving public and political acceptance of new revenue tools for transportation. The collaborative also includes Pembina Institute.
Pembina has just released an analysis of GTHA transit investment and expansion platforms from Ontario’s major political parties: Green Party, Liberal Party, New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservative Party. This updates their interim analysis released in March and also posted on our website. Five guiding principles were used as the criteria for the analysis:
- Rapid transit for the whole region
- A dedicated fund that puts transit first
- New dollars to build new transit
- Encouraging mode shift
- Fast-tracking transit improvements
Evaluations of the parties’ platforms on each of these five topics were presented, and a score was assigned: “On track for transit”, “Gathering speed”, “Some forward movement”, and “Stuck in traffic”.
The Pembina Report can be found here: http://www.pembina.org/pub/whos-ready-to-fight-traffic-with-transit