Unlocking our Gridlock Together: A Citizen’s Report on Transit

Unlocking our Gridlock Together: A Citizen’s Report on Transit

Update #1 – Members of the MOVE Task Force attended the release of their report “Unlocking our Gridlock Together: A Citizen’s Report on Transit” at the University of Toronto at Mississauga.

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Unlocking Our Gridlock Together: A Citizen’s Report (25MB)
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Update #2 – Media Coverage of the Report Release


Original Post Follows

Members of the MOVE Task Force invite you to the release of their report “Unlocking our Gridlock Together: A Citizen’s Report on Transit” at the University of Toronto at Mississauga.

Event:              Western GTA Summit – MOVE Task Force – Release of Citizen’s Transit Report
Report Title:    “Unlocking Our Gridlock Together: A Citizen’s Report on Transit”
Date:               Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Location:         University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus
Council Chambers Davis Building, Room 3130,
3359 Mississauga Road, South Entrance (Building O2 on Map on Inner Circle)

AGENDA:

7:00 – 7:30   Arrival and networking
7:30 – 7:35   Welcome and opening remarks
7:35 – 7:40    Introduction & Remarks – Dr. Deep Saini, Principal of the University of Toronto’s Mississauga Campus.
7:40 – 7:45    Introduction & Remarks - Summit Leaders – Co-Chairs
7:45 – 7:50    Introduction – MOVE Task Force co-chairs & Members
7:50 – 8:15    Release of report, presentation – Who is giving this?
8:15 – 8:30    Questions from Audience & Press
8:30 – 9:00    Media Scrum & Photos
9:00 pm      Closing Remarks & Invitation to continue Transit Discussion at ABBEY ROAD Pub at 3200 Erin Mills Pkwy

 

 

MOVE Task Force comments on Ontario Budget

Ontario Is Serious About Unlocking Gridlock:
Comments on Ontario 2014 Budget

MISSISSAUGA – May, 1 2014 – The Western GTA Move Taskforce welcomed the Ontario Government’s commitment to addressing the serious issues of transit in the GTHA. The budget took new and historic moves to ensure urgent action is taken to get our transit system moving and unlock gridlock in our region. We now call on the Federal government to play its role in supporting the projects that improve our economic competitiveness and social well-being.

 

We were greatly encouraged to see a number of points which we have called for in our coming report on transit “Unlocking Gridlock Together: A Citizens Report on Transit”.

 

Key Points We Welcome:

 

  • Creation of dedicated long-term funds for transit projects is a serious and meaningful step
  • The division of funding between GTHA and the rest of Ontario to keep public support strong and address regional needs with regional money.
  • Prioritizing projects by focusing on delivering the greatest socio-economic benefit should be the top consideration.
  • A mix of revenue tools that don’t overburden any particular segment of society
  • Prioritizing 2 way all day GO trains for the Milton and Kitchener lines which will be a huge contribution to the economics of the Western GTA and greatly improve traffic congestion
  • Funding announced for the Hurontario LRT project linking Brampton and Mississauga
  • Funding announced for Dundas Street and Brampton Queen Street Rapid Transits
  • HOV lane expansions on Highways 410 /427 and creation of HOV lanes on Highway 401

 

We hope that all political parties will set aside their differences and either support the government’s transit strategy or should there be an election adopt similar platforms of strong advocacy for transit and the necessary funding. The economic and social benefits these projects will bring should not be a partisan issue.

 

The Western GTA Move Taskforce is a group of citizens from across the Western GTA a non-partisan group founded by residents who want to see urgent action taken by public officials to address the increasing impact of traffic congestion and a better plan for our future growth.

**Our report “Unlocking Gridlock Together: A Citizens Report on Transit” will be release the week of May 12th
Media Contact:

Co-chair Joe Horneck – joehorneck@hotmail.com or on Twitter @MissSummit
Co-chair Jeanette Chau – jchau@sympatico.ca

Announcement: New Co-Chairs for Western GTA Summit

Western GTA Summit Announces New Co-Chairs to lead the organization into the future

Mississauga, ON – After seven years of chairing the Mississauga and Western GTA Summits, Brian Crombie has stepped down as chair. In his place, co-chairs fromMississauga, Brampton and Oakville will take over to lead the Summit into the future.

The members of both the Western GTA and Mississauga Summits would like to thank Brian for his tremendous and tireless work over the past 7 years to bring people together from across our region to tackle the significant problems we face. Brian has played a major role promoting both summits, recruiting participants and building on the big ideas from past summits. His passion for city building and civic engagement have been instrumental in taking the summit to where they are today. After 8 years of service to the community, Brian Crombie is ready to step down as co-chair and allow others to build on the momentum created by previous Summits. Brian will remain an active participant on the steering committee.

With Brian’s departure, the Western GTA Summit is proud to announce new co-chairs who have been selected from Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.

Mississauga: Grant Clark and Anthony Wensley

Grant Clark is a Mississauga based management consultant with extensive experience in leadership and human resources.  A long term resident of the community he is a past Chair of the Mississauga Board of Trade and is currently on the Board of the RICC Centre, the Mississauga Arts Council and has been involved with the Mississauga Summit since 2011.

Anthony Wensley is the Director of the Institute of Communications, Culture, Information and Technology, and a Professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, co-chaired the Post-Secondary Education Task Force for the Mississauga Summit, and is involved in the Advantage Mississauga initiative.

Brampton:  Peter Van Sickle
Peter is President of the Brampton Downtown Development Corporation and is a Real Estate Professional who is committed to helping solve some of the issues facing the GTA as it prepares for the significant growth ahead.

Oakville: Jeff Zabudsky and Karyn Byrne
Jeff Zabudsky is the President and CEO at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advance Learning and has been involved on the boards of MBOT and the RIC center.

Karyn Byrne is President of a boutique marketing and communications firm in Oakville and is committed to developing thoughtful policy to encourage growth and prosperity of the region.

Caledon: Tayler Parnaby
Tayler is an award-winning reporter and commentator whose news broadcasting career extends 50 years. He is now retired and resides in Caledon. He served as Caledon co-chair for the last Western GTA Summit.

NEXT SUMMIT

The next Western GTA Summit is expected to take place in 2015. Those interested in getting involved with the Western GTA Summit should contact Darryl Wolk at (905) 716-9655, register at info@westernGTAsummit.com follow us on Twitter @WGTASummit or on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Announcement: WGTA Task Forces

ENDURING THEMES

After the 2013 Western GTA Summit we identified three Enduring Themes which will guide our efforts to create a better Western GTA.

LIVE: Do we need to change the way in which we live and design our communities? What should our future neighbourhood and city growth look like? Do we require changes in zoning, density and urban design, and what about the call for an end to sprawl?

MOVE: How can we address the issues of congestion, and build transit and transportation systems that move our residents quickly, affordably and seamlessly across the GTA? What will our integrated transit, road and air transportation networks look like, and more importantly, how will we pay for them?

THRIVE: Poverty rates remain a serious concern in the GTA, but how we will we fight it? How will we tackle homelessness, precarious employment and the increasing use of food banks? What innovations and employment opportunities will we create for youth, seniors, new immigrants and the working poor to ensure everyone has a chance to thrive?

TASK FORCES 

Each Enduring Theme is matched by a dedicated task force of residents who are carrying out research and analysis, synthesizing and evaluating the information and making recommendations and conclusions. Basic Information about each Task Force can be found below. You can also click on the links above for information about what each Task Force is doing.

Enduring Themes: Building a better Western GTA

ENDURING THEMES

We have identified three Enduring Themes which will guide our efforts to create a better Western GTA.

LIVE: Do we need to change the way in which we live and design our communities? What should our future neighbourhood and city growth look like? Do we require changes in zoning, density and urban design, and what about the call for an end to sprawl?

MOVE: How can we address the issues of congestion, and build transit and transportation systems that move our residents quickly, affordably and seamlessly across the GTA? What will our integrated transit, road and air transportation networks look like, and more importantly, how will we pay for them?

THRIVE: Poverty rates remain a serious concern in the GTA, but how we will we fight it? How will we tackle homelessness, precarious employment and the increasing use of food banks? What innovations and employment opportunities will we create for youth, seniors, new immigrants and the working poor to ensure everyone has a chance to thrive?

TASK FORCES 

Each Enduring Theme is matched by a dedicated task force of residents who are carrying out research and analysis, synthesizing and evaluating the information and making recommendations and conclusions.

We will announce more information about our Task Forces in October 2013

The Western GTA Has a Message: The West Wants In!

Mississauga, ON – The Mayors of Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Caledon, Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills and Barrie joined over 500 engaged residents, business leaders and experts at yesterday’s Western GTA Summit. Their message: The West Wants In!

The Summit began with just three cities but grew quickly to include six municipalities and two regions. Summit Co-Chair and organizer, Brian Crombie, was pleased with yesterday’s gathering and resulting discussion.

Our goal was to start a discussion about the big issues facing the cities of the Western GTA,” said Crombie. “Yesterday’s event is just the start of what I hope will be an ongoing discussion about the kind of region we want to live in and more importantly, what we need to do to make this vision a reality. The roundtable and townhall sessions highlighted that the residents of the Western GTA want the Big Move implemented now; and what we need now is political leadership and above all else, action.”

The Summit featured keynote addresses from John Tory, Chair of Civic Action on “Much Needed Action”, Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation on “Mobility as the Foundation of Regional Economic Development” and Joe Berridge from Urban Strategies on “Transit, City Building, Placemaking and the Growth of the Economy”. Along with these keynotes, panels discussions were convened to answer the questions of how can we move more efficiently, how will we plan our communities and neighbourhoods so that we may live more sustainably, and how will we thrive and prosper in the 21st Century. On the final panel each Mayor addressed how to get the Big Move implemented quickly. Their response: action, political will and funding.

Following the keynote addresses and panel discussions, the Summit participants were asked to engage in roundtable discussions on each of the three topics: live, move and thrive. These discussions have been recorded and will be released in a report from the Western GTA Summit in the near future.

The Western GTA Summit is an extension of the community-led Mississauga Summit, which began in 2007 as a way to bring residents and business together to find opportunities to make our cities and our region better. There have been four Summits to date that have all sparked engaging discussions, but have also produced results, including the formation of task forces on waterfront redevelopment and revitalization; building stronger neighbourhoods; diversity and inclusion; post-secondary education; and Jobs and Innovation.

Contact: media@westerngtasummit.ca | 647-237-4913 | westerngtasummit.ca 

The West Wants In!

Welcome to the 2013 Western GTA Summit.

Thank you so much for joining us for the 2013 Western GTA Summit. We think you’ll agree, it was a stimulating afternoon, filled with thoughtful discussion about the big issues facing the residents of the Western GTA.
The Summit would not have been a success without your participation. But this is only the beginning of what we hope is an ongoing conversation involving many more Western GTA residents.
Continue the conversation, here:
Continue the conversation
 

 And, take a look at the Summit Program

Western GTA Summit_Booklet_May 21 2013.pdf

Thank you to our generous sponsors

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