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Published on September 29th, 2014 | by Faye Lyons

Toronto Needs a Gridlock Solution

If you’re tired and frustrated of being impacted by traffic and gridlock, you’re not alone. It doesn’t matter whether you live downtown, Scarborough, Etobicoke, or whether you are a motorist, cyclist, pedestrian or transit rider; all of us are affected by traffic and poor roads.

It was only a few months ago that our annual Worst Roads campaign, with the highest participation ever, sent a clear message that people are tired of the status quo and sitting in never-ending traffic. They want their roads fixed and maintained, and they want and deserve political leadership and a vision that supports and executes on policies that address these core municipal responsibilities.

CAA advocates on priority issues identified by our Members.

For example, 64% of our Members support a plan to maintain the Gardiner Expressway through to the Don Valley Parkway, while 65% don’t support tolls to pay for the maintenance of local expressways. We will continue to work with the City and the newly elected Mayor and Council to ensure that the Gardiner is maintained and travel times are not increased.

CAA has successfully advocated for a plan to address the $390 million dollar road repair backlog to ensure that our roads are maintained. Additionally, CAA will continue to ensure the City dedicates the adequate annual funding. A report commissioned by CAA in 2013 demonstrated that motorists in Ontario cover between 70 and 90 % of the costs of the road network through fees and gas taxes. In the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), road users more than cover the full costs of construction, maintenance and policing.

Regardless of your mode of transportation, poor infrastructure impacts safety for all road users. It is crucial that our Toronto politicians make this a priority.

CAA’s advocacy efforts in Toronto include calling for an increased investment in Toronto’s Intelligent Transportation Systems. Examples of this technology include overhead message boards, better synchronized traffic lights and cameras at high incident intersections to identify and clear incidents when they occur. The benefits of integrating this technology into transportation management include improved traffic flow, reduced emissions and fewer collisions.

We also advocate for increased transit services to address issues surrounding gridlock, providing commuters with additional options as well as improving safety on city streets.

CAA will continue to work with the next Toronto city council on priority issues. We recently sat down with the Mayoral candidates and asked some tough questions on their platforms and plans should they be elected on October 27.

Click here to find out what the candidates are proposing to help address the city’s road repair backlog.

Let’s keep transportation, transit and traffic congestion top of mind for the candidates. Ask them questions that continue to drive the importance of building transit, addressing congestion and improving safety on Toronto’s streets. Make your vote count and learn what the candidates are saying about transportation policies that affect us every day.

Looking for more info on 2014’s elections? Click here to see our full coverage.

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