TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Transit Investment Strategy Advisory
Panel announced today that it is launching a series of discussion
papers and public town hall meetings in the Greater Toronto and
Hamilton Area (GTHA). The first discussion paper, "Hard truths about
transit in the Toronto Region," is now available for viewing and
download at www.transitpanel.ca. It identifies and addresses six "hard truths" about public transit
that the public needs to understand in order to make the right
"The transit infrastructure investments we make today will determine the
quality of our lives for generations," said Anne Golden, Chair of the
Panel. "However, the public debate on how to move forward with an
improved regional transportation system is being impeded by a series of
misconceptions. Our first paper on 'Hard Truths' corrects these
Over the next several weeks, the Panel will be meeting with key
stakeholders and providing opportunities for public and business input
through town halls, online and social media (#TransitPanel).
Two additional discussion papers will be made available before the start
of town hall meetings throughout the GTHA. Dates and locations of the
meetings can be found on the website.
"We invite the public to consider the premises and questions set out in
our discussion papers, and respond with their thoughts and ideas," said
Paul Bedford, Vice-Chair of the Panel. "When the consultations are
concluded, we will make recommendations to the Province on the transit
we need and how to pay for it."
About the Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel
Ontario's Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel was established by
Premier Kathleen Wynne on September 18, 2013 with a mandate to advise
the Province on how to respond to the Metrolinx Investment Strategy and
to engage with the public to determine whether the Metrolinx
recommendations are the right ones. The Panel comprises 13 citizens
with diverse backgrounds who bring relevant expertise and experience
from across the region.
For more information, please visit www.transitpanel.ca.
SOURCE: Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel (TISAP)