Transit issues need to be election priority: Toronto Board of Trade

News Sep 16, 2011 by David Nickle City Centre Mirror

Traffic congestion remains a major issue for voters in the Greater Toronto Area according to a poll released by the Toronto Board of Trade this week.

The poll, conducted by Environics Reasearch, found that 76 per cent of those surveyed believed that traffic congestion has worsened in the past two years, and 61 per cent would describe the situation as a crisis.

And 70 per cent said that provincial party platforms are not putting enough focus on congestion issues in this provincial election.

"Today's poll results underscore the sense of urgency conveyed in our report and reflect what our members are telling us," said Carol Wilding, President and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade.

"Goods and people need to move more quickly across the Toronto region to better support the regional economy."

The poll was conducted by telephone and surveyed 500 residents of the GTA - on Sept. 7 and 8.

The margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

The Board of Trade has been emphasizing transportation as a major issue in the provincial election, arguing that gridlock is hampering the Toronto region's ability to stay competitive.

The board has released a platform document, titled "It's About Time."

The board is asking party members to commit to long-term financing for regional transportation infrastructure by the spring of 2012.

It also wants to see regional economic development among Toronto regional municipalities and better-coordinated economic development.

Transit issues need to be election priority: Toronto Board of Trade

Traffic gridlock worsening in city, poll reveals

News Sep 16, 2011 by David Nickle City Centre Mirror

Traffic congestion remains a major issue for voters in the Greater Toronto Area according to a poll released by the Toronto Board of Trade this week.

The poll, conducted by Environics Reasearch, found that 76 per cent of those surveyed believed that traffic congestion has worsened in the past two years, and 61 per cent would describe the situation as a crisis.

And 70 per cent said that provincial party platforms are not putting enough focus on congestion issues in this provincial election.

"Today's poll results underscore the sense of urgency conveyed in our report and reflect what our members are telling us," said Carol Wilding, President and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade.

"Goods and people need to move more quickly across the Toronto region to better support the regional economy."

The poll was conducted by telephone and surveyed 500 residents of the GTA - on Sept. 7 and 8.

The margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

The Board of Trade has been emphasizing transportation as a major issue in the provincial election, arguing that gridlock is hampering the Toronto region's ability to stay competitive.

The board has released a platform document, titled "It's About Time."

The board is asking party members to commit to long-term financing for regional transportation infrastructure by the spring of 2012.

It also wants to see regional economic development among Toronto regional municipalities and better-coordinated economic development.

Transit issues need to be election priority: Toronto Board of Trade

Traffic gridlock worsening in city, poll reveals

News Sep 16, 2011 by David Nickle City Centre Mirror

Traffic congestion remains a major issue for voters in the Greater Toronto Area according to a poll released by the Toronto Board of Trade this week.

The poll, conducted by Environics Reasearch, found that 76 per cent of those surveyed believed that traffic congestion has worsened in the past two years, and 61 per cent would describe the situation as a crisis.

And 70 per cent said that provincial party platforms are not putting enough focus on congestion issues in this provincial election.

"Today's poll results underscore the sense of urgency conveyed in our report and reflect what our members are telling us," said Carol Wilding, President and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade.

"Goods and people need to move more quickly across the Toronto region to better support the regional economy."

The poll was conducted by telephone and surveyed 500 residents of the GTA - on Sept. 7 and 8.

The margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

The Board of Trade has been emphasizing transportation as a major issue in the provincial election, arguing that gridlock is hampering the Toronto region's ability to stay competitive.

The board has released a platform document, titled "It's About Time."

The board is asking party members to commit to long-term financing for regional transportation infrastructure by the spring of 2012.

It also wants to see regional economic development among Toronto regional municipalities and better-coordinated economic development.