Media Advisory: Toronto Budget Chief calls on federal government to commit to transit funding|
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City of Toronto Budget Chief David Shiner today wrote to Federal Transport
Minister David Collenette (letter below) asking him to keep his government's
promise and match Provincial and City funds for the Toronto Transit Commission.
Tomorrow, the Budget Advisory Committee is being asked to approve $119 million
for the much-needed purchase of 220 buses in 2003 and 2004. The federal
government's commitment to public transit in Toronto is critical, as the TTC is
the backbone of public transit in the GTA.
The Budget Advisory Committee meets October 18 at 12:30 p.m., Committee Room 2,
Second Floor, City Hall.
October 17, 2001
Hon. David Collenette
Tower C Place De Ville
330 Sparks St.
Dear Minister Collenette,
In the past you have indicated that you would be prepared to fund public
transit in Toronto when the Provincial Government came to the table. On
September 27, 2001 the Premier of Ontario announced his Government would commit
$1.1 billion to Toronto's public transit needs over the next 10 years. Mayor
Lastman responded by saying the City is prepared to match the Province's $1.1
Municipal Governments alone cannot sustain funding for public transit. In all
other jurisdictions Federal, State and/or Provincial Governments provide
substantial financial assistance. The Federal Liberal 2000 Campaign Platform
acknowledges this by stating, "A new Liberal Government will work with
Provincial and Municipal partners to help improve Public Transit
Without the Federal Government's commitment to partner with the Province and
the City and at least match their commitments, the TTC, which is the backbone
of all transit systems in the GTA, will not be improved or even maintained in a
state of good repair.
Tomorrow the Budget Advisory Committee is being requested to approve $119
million for the purchase of 220 diesel buses for delivery in 2003 and 2004.
This is part of the Toronto Transit Commission's 10 year, $3 billion capital
This City is not in a position to commit funding to this request until we have
heard from you. I hope the Federal Government will stand true to its promise
and help provide a transit system that allows for the easy movement of people
and goods which is vital to the economic and environmental health of all
Councillor David Shiner
Chair Budget Advisory Committee