What is the purpose of the campaign?
Whether people drive, take transit, cycle or walk, one thing is clear—quality of life in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is suffering due to our outdated transportation system. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can do something to make it so much better. It’s time to change the conversation from what’s wrong with the system to what’s possible.
CivicAction is launching a unique campaign to take this conversation to the streets, subways, and buses to inspire action that will deliver the transportation network we so desperately need.
We’re asking people to tell us what they would do to benefit in their everyday life from a better transportation system.
Everyone needs to be part of the conversation – road and transit users, taxpayers, residents, students, and organizations in all GTHA municipalities.
Ultimately, we aim to build measurable public and decision-maker appreciation for the value that a better system will bring, and the need for sustainable ways to pay for it.
We’ll take the results back to governments on what matters to people, and what actions they want governments to take to build a better system.
Frequently asked questions
- What are you asking me to do now?
- Pledge your support for new funding sources that are dedicated, efficient, transparent & accountable, regional, fair, and sustainable
- Challenge your elected officials to share their support too
- Share this campaign on Twitter or Facebook.
- Become a Local Champion: If you are truly passionate, and view yourself as a leader in your community, become a Local Champion. Beyond that, educate yourself, stay informed, and keep an open mind when it comes to how we’ll make our system better.
- Where does the number “32” come from?
- This will take time to build; that’s why we need to get moving. 32 represents the number of minutes per day, on average, that you’ll save in your commute if The Big Move is funded and realized over the next 25 years. That’s eight days a year or about two years over the course of your life. It is the difference between the average commute time if The Big Move is built (77 minutes; Source: Metrolinx), and the commute time if no comprehensive system is in place (109 minutes; Source: Metrolinx).
- What will you do with my pledge?
- If you choose, you can send your pledge to your elected officials, challenging them to pledge too. Your postal code will also help us map the replies received from people across the region. Your email address allows us to communicate the next steps of the campaign to you. Your email address will not be posted or appear on the site. CivicAction will summarize the results and share with governments to show that better transportation is important to all of us.
- Is a better transportation system even possible?
- We’ve done large infrastructure projects before and we can do it again. Plus, many other cities are grappling with the same traffic issues. Thankfully, they are successfully building what our regional plan proposes, supported by spending money wisely, and dedicated public investment strategies. We can too!
- What are Regional Transportation Champions?
- At the forefront of CivicAction’s campaign are our Regional Transportation Champions. These Champions are influential rising and senior leaders representing a range of sectors, including major corporations, labour organizations, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and more. They are all motivated to make it easier for people and goods to move across our region, and are spreading the campaign to their employees, members, customers, supporters, and the public broadly.
- What are Local Champions?
- You could be a Local Champion! Local Champions are leaders from all sectors across the GTHA who are committed to taking the conversation to their communities about what matters to people, and what actions they want governments to take to build a better regional transportation system. Each region is organized by a team of Regional Co-Captains.
- How do I become a Local Champion?
- To become a Local Champion, sign up and we’ll give you what you need to take this conversation out to your community.
- Who does CivicAction partner with?
- We’re not in this alone. Many organizations across the GHTA are working to make our transportation system better. Check out our partners below and link to their sites to see what they are doing.
Pledge your support
Pledge to support greater investment in our regional transportation system, by clicking the “Pledge Your Support” button on the homepage.
If you’re excited by the idea of a more efficient, accessible, sustainable and reliable transportation system, then spread the news.
- Email your friends this link and ask them to pledge to tackle gridlock
- Challenge your elected officials to sign the pledge, through this website, twitter, or on the phone
- Share our campaign on social media using #your32
- Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for the latest news and updates
Become a Local Champion
We need civic leaders from all sectors across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to take a conversation to their communities about what matters to people, and what actions they want governments to take to invest in a better regional transportation system.
Sign up to be a local champion.
Find what you need to help you spread the word about the campaign.
Day 32: It’s Time to Invest in the Transportation We Deserve
CivicAction’s Your32 Campaign Update (January 14, 2013)
Highlights from CivicAction’s Regional Transportation Media Briefing (October 10, 2012):