28) We can catch up and keep up with our region’s growth.
Our region is growing. By 2031, our population will reach 8.6 million people, adding an estimated 1.5 million cars to the road.
The region needs improved public transit infrastructure to support the rapid increase in ridership. In 2012, TTC ridership was 514,007,000 – a 7.7% increase over 2010. GO Transit’s 2012 ridership was 65,500,000 – up almost 15% from 2010.55
29) Our region will be a bigger draw for tourists and visitors.
In 2011, 33.4 million passengers passed through Pearson International Airport, entering or leaving the Toronto region.56 A better transportation system will make it easier for them to get around. The Union Pearson Express, currently under construction, will carry up to 5,000 passengers a day between Union Station and Pearson International Airport.57
30) We can more easily explore everything our region has to offer.
Every part of the region, from Hamilton to Oshawa to Newmarket, has parks, museums, galleries, and trails to visit. An integrated transportation network will make it easier for more people to visit different parts of the region.
31) Other cities have much better transportations systems than we do, and are reaping the benefits.
Coming up with new ways of raising money for improved transportation is happening in cities around the world. Vancouver, LA, Dallas, Stockholm, London, and others are all expanding their transportation systems, and enjoying the benefits that brings.
Other Canadian cities have continued to invest in transportation projects. In 2007, Montreal invested in a 5.2 km subway project that extended the Laval Line by three stops. In 2009, Vancouver built 19 km of light rail – creating 16 new stations linking downtown Vancouver, Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport. Both Montreal and Vancouver have shorter commute times than the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area – 76 and 67 minutes, respectively.58
32) This is our chance to contribute to a better future for our children and families.pledge your support now
56Toronto Pearson, 2013. (Enplaned + Deplaned ) PASSENGER Statistics.
57Metrolinx. 2013. Hamilton Fact Sheet.
58Ryerson Graduate Planners, December 2012. Getting Personal: Motivating Public Support for Transit Investment.