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Starting a Conversation about Transit 

As most Bramptonians know traffic and gridlock is one of the most irritating issues facing Peel
Region. I know through personal experience and speaking to constituents over the years that
congestion is a significant issue on the 410 highway heading both north and southbound. The
average GTA commuter spends 82 minutes trying to get to and from work every day –
Metrolinx estimates that if we don’t take action now against congestion it could grow to
whopping 109 minutes at a staggering cost of $6 billion a year in lost economic productivity.
The next wave of Metrolinx’s Big Move projects is expected to create between 800,000 and
900,000 jobs. The Next Wave projects for Brampton which are in the planning phase, in
preparation for funding commitments are:
• Hurontario-Main LRT
• Brampton Queen Street Rapid Transit
Since 2009 Peel’s Goods Movement Taskforce has worked with the Ministry of Transportation
and Metrolinx to develop a long-term strategy to improve the movement of goods throughout
the GTA. Only last year the Region of Peel asked the Province for dedicated funding streams for
transportation infrastructure to improve the overall intermodal transportation system.
Last year the provincial government struck a Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel chaired
by Dr. Anne Golden. Brampton resident, Kulvir Singh Gill, was recruited along with 12 other
members to review the Metrolinx report and provided recommendations on the issue of
So if we know it’s imperative that we get people and goods moving in Peel and Brampton why
aren’t serious discussions and decisions regarding transit taking place? Every day traffic
congestion squeezes not only individuals but also our economy and slowly erodes our quality of 2
life – time we should be spending with our families. Our current Mayor and Council have been
paralysed by indecision and missing when we most needed them to be engaged in the Big Move
transit initiatives planned for Peel Region
This isn’t an easy discussion but doing nothing is just not an option. Everyone from residents to
businesses have a role to play to finally break the gridlock and build transit. If we make the
right decisions, we will ensure that future generations are able to get to and from work and
spend time with their families. It’s not too late – we need an economy that moves forward for
generations to come and collectively we all have an opportunity on October 27th choose
change for a better Brampton.

Linda Jeffery

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