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January 31, 2013
Toronto launches Feeling Congested? transportation consultation
  
The City of Toronto today launched a public consultation campaign with the aim of engaging Torontonians on a range of issues related to transportation planning, priorities and funding.

This engagement, called Feeling Congested?, will support and inform the comprehensive review of Toronto's Official Plan transportation policies, as well as the development of a new long-term transportation plan, and a funding and investment strategy.

The City would like to hear from users of all transportation modes (driving, transit, walking, cycling) in all parts of the city. The City Planning Division has planned in-person events (open houses and expert panel sessions), online consultation tools, social media, and do-it-yourself consultation opportunities intended to achieve broad participation.

The following in-person consultation meetings will be held in the coming days:
• February 4 - York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W. (Foyer)
• February 6 - Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. (Rotunda)
• February 11 - North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. (Members Lounge)
• February 13 - City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. (Rotunda)

The meetings will consist of an afternoon session (4 to 6:30 p.m.) and an evening session (6:30 to 9 p.m.), which will both contain the same content. The meeting format will consist of open house display boards, a powerpoint presentation and a table/group discussion/question-and-answer period.

In addition to the in-person consultation, residents will also have the opportunity to provide feedback online at http://www.feelingcongested.ca. The interactive survey will allow users to rank transportation priorities and funding methods. This data will be collected and integrated with the assessments generated at the in-person events.

The results of these consultations will culminate in a recommendation to Council on the City of Toronto’s feedback to Metrolinx on its next wave of priority projects and on Torontonians’ opinion of Metrolinx funding options. The results will also provide greater clarity to public and private sector partners on the direction of the City’s transportation infrastructure investment.

Phases two and three of the consultation will follow this current phase, and will include additional meetings being held between April and November. Phase two will determine the City of Toronto's priority projects and refinements to other Official Plan transportation policies, while phase three will look at connecting revenue tools to priority projects.

The outcomes of this overall process will ultimately inform revisions to the City of Toronto's Official Plan policies.

Be part of the conversation. Visit the website and take the survey, follow us on twitter @congestedTO, email us at feelingcongested@toronto.ca, like us on facebook at facebook.com/feelingcongested, and sign up to receive e-updates from the City http://www.toronto.ca/e-updates/index.htm (check the "Official Plan" box).

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Media Contact
Bruce Hawkins
Senior Communications Coordinator
416-392-3496
bhawkin@toronto.ca

 

 

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