Support Toronto Tolls to unlock gridlock
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Allowing Toronto to toll the Gardiner and Don Valley Parkway will give our city a viable way to pay for the transit we desperately need - like the relief subway line.
Tolls have proven to have a positive impact on cities by lowering congestion and will help Toronto reduce the growing gridlock on our streets.
Trying to replace tolls with $170M funding from gas tax won't address Toronto's $30B shortage of revenue needed for transit, social housing and to rebuild the Gardiner Expressway. The Province of Ontario should support Toronto's desire to address all the transit, and social housing costs that the province downloaded to the city. Not to mention the cost of rebuilding and maintaining both the DVP and Gardiner. No other city in Ontario has to pay for the cost of highways using property taxes as Toronto does. Tolling the highways dowloaded to Toronto would not only help our city pay to maintain and upkeep them, but also allow us to recapture all the funding we have paid to rebuild and maintain it for the past 40 years. Funding that should have gone into transit expansion.
It wasn't easy getting councillors to stand up for tolls; it wasn't easy getting a progressive Mayor with the courage to call for them, and it wasn't easy spending years educating the public about them. Nothing about this was easy, but so many city advocates worked together because we believe this is an extremely important first step towards enabling Toronto to actually solve our cities revenue shortfall.
The provincial government needs to support Mayor Tory, Toronto city council, and residents of the city in our desire for tolls to reduce congestion and pay for transit expansion. And if the province can afford to give the city an additional $170M of gas tax annually, it should go to other projects that the city so desperately needs to fund.
Political opportunism at the provincial level must stop getting in the way of Toronto's transit expansion.
- Premier of Ontario
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