Premier Announces Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel
Ontario Government Improving Public Transit
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today that the government has appointed a new advisory panel to review Metrolinx's Investment Strategy.
The strategy recommends ways to fund public transit across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
The panel will meet with stakeholders and residents in the GTHA to get input on Metrolinx's recommendations. It will also consider other options to fund public transit. The panel will report its findings to the government.
Making strategic investments in infrastructure, including transit, is one of the three pillars of the Ontario government's economic plan. Through the other two pillars, the government is also investing in people and fostering a dynamic, innovative business climate to help create jobs and strengthen the economy.
- The Advisory Panel is composed of 13 members and will be chaired by Dr. Anne Golden. Dr. Golden has chaired two influential task forces in the past and is known for her work on public policy issues.
- Congestion costs GTHA residents and the economy about $6 billion a year.
- On average, people in the GTHA spend 82 minutes a day commuting. If nothing is done by 2031, people will spend 109 minutes a day commuting.
- Since October 2003, the Ontario government has committed almost $5.7 billion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to support municipal public transit, and has invested more than $7.7 billion in GO Transit improvements.
- Metrolinx’s The Big Move transportation plan is expected to create thousands of jobs, and save billions of dollars in time, energy and other efficiencies.
“Improving transit and investing in smart, sustainable infrastructure is critical to growing Ontario’s economy and creating jobs. Our new panel will help us identify the best way forward, so that we can help people in their everyday lives and build a strong foundation for future growth.”
“We look forward to the work and expertise of the panel and welcome their advice on making sure we have the right solution in place to ensure residents and commuters across the GTHA have access to better public transit. By making the right decisions today, we will help keep Ontario’s economy moving for generations to come.”
“There is a cost to inaction. Because there is a cost to congestion. And it affects all of us economically, socially and environmentally. This is not a partisan issue. We have a shared challenge and a shared responsibility to develop an investment plan for the regional transit network that is so urgently needed.”
Dr. Anne Golden