16) Neighbourhoods and communities will be more connected.
Lower income commuters are more dependent on public transit to get to work than their higher income counterparts.32
Projects that help improve neighbourhood walkability and land use mix increase overall community cohesion. Practices that decrease time spent driving and increase pedestrian activity, social interactions and commercial activity in a neighbourhood can also increase social capital.33
In the 1970s, most low-income households were located in the inner city with good access to transit and services. As a result of gentrification, low-income households are now concentrated in the inner suburbs, with relatively poor access to transit and services.34
Rapid transit developments increase connectivity of riders, particularly when coordinated with bus and other forms of public transit. According to the City of Hamilton, a rapid transit line will connect Hamilton’s priority neighbourhoods to more employment, educational, healthcare, recreational and cultural opportunities.35
17) Seniors will be able to get to more places more easily.
Accessible transit allows seniors (and those with mobility disabilities) to volunteer, visit friends and relatives, reach health care and social services, and participate in recreational and cultural activities in an affordable manner.36
18) Newcomers who are settling in the region can better access education, training, services, and job opportunities.
A recent study of racialized residents of the Black Creek area working in precarious employment found that inadequate public transit, length of travel to work, and the increasing cost of fares were barriers to employment.37
“Access to transportation supports equity; it provides disadvantaged populations with access to the
pathways to health, social, and economic well-being.”38
“A recent study of settlement and integration services use by immigrants and refugees in Ontario
highlights the role that public transportation plays in communities. Survey respondents from the Toronto CMA identified public transit as the most commonly used mode of transportation to employment and skills training (65.5%) and language training (48.8%) programs and services. They identified distance to services as the most common barrier to accessing employment and skills training (16.8%) and language training (12.6%) programs and services.”39
19) Young people who don’t drive or own a car can get to school, jobs volunteering, sports, see friends, and explore other areas of the region.
The Canadian Urban Transportation Association (CUTA)’s ridership data and surveys show that the 15-24 age group uses public transit more frequently than other population groups.40 By having an expanded transit network, young people will be able to get around more easily.pledge your support now
33Lawrence Frank, Sarah Kavage and Todd Litman, Promoting public health through Smart Growth: Building healthier communities through transportation and land use policies and practices.
34J. David Hulchanski, December 2007.
35Wayland, Sarah V., October 2011. The Impact of Light Rail Transit on Low-Income Households and Neighbourhoods.
36Canadian Urban Transit Association. 2013. Issue Paper 42: Accessible Transit in Canada: Building on the Benefits.
37Toronto Public Health, 2013. Next Stop Health: Transit Affordability in Toronto. Symposium on Healthier Cities and Communities, Dala Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, October 24, 2013.
38Toronto Public Health, 2013. Next Stop Health: Transit Access and Health Inequities in Toronto.
39Toronto Public Health, 2013. Next Stop Health: Transit Access and Health Inequities in Toronto.
40Information provided by the Canadian Urban Transportation Association, 2012.