On­tario’s Premier Wynne Re­jects Toronto’s Road Tolls

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Lind­say Wig­in­ton, trans­porta­tion an­a­lyst at the Pembina In­sti­tute, made the fol­low­ing state­ment in re­sponse to Premier Wynne’s an­nounce­ment re­ject­ing Toronto’s road tolls:

“We’re dis­ap­pointed by the Gov­ern­ment of On­tario’s de­ci­sion to not sup­port Toronto’s pro­posal for road tolls on the Gar­diner and DVP. With the road tolls pro­posal, Mayor Tory and the ma­jor­ity of Toronto city coun­cil­lors made a bold step to raise funds for much needed tran­sit ex­pan­sion and it’s un­for­tu­nate to see the prov­ince not sup­port­ing this vi­sion.

“To see our tran­sit sys­tem im­prove and ex­pand, the city needs de­pend­able, guar­an­teed rev­enue. While the prov­ince’s in­crease in the pro­por­tion of gas tax go­ing to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties is en­cour­ag­ing, we need other rev­enue tools to help close the con­sid­er­able tran­sit fund­ing gap. If road tolls are no longer an op­tion, city coun­cil­lors should re­con­sider the longterm fi­nan­cial plan and con­tinue to look at other rev­enue op­tions.

“Road tolls, while be­ing a source of rev­enue for tran­sit and other in­fra­struc­ture, also serve as much needed be­havioural change to help re­lieve con­ges­tion and re­duce car­bon pol­lu­tion in traf­fic-clogged cities like Toronto. All lev­els of gov­ern­ment need to con­tinue to look for so­lu­tions to these is­sues.”

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