The Big Move is an overarching, ambitious regional transportation plan that would dramatically improve transportation in the GTHA. Within The Big Move Conversation Kit (pdf here), 60 million annually is allocated "to complete walking and cycling networks, connect mobility hubs, and integrate transit fares." The Big Move identifies that 20 million (one third of the 60 million) will enhance and expand active transportation across the GTHA. A provincial funding commitment is required to make this happen.
By June of 2013, Metrolinx, will deliver recommendations to the province on its investment strategy for The Big Move. TCAT recently joined Move the GTHA, a collaborative of groups passionate about raising public awareness and support for investment in transportation infrastructure in the region. To support its goal of engaging people on these critical issues, the Move the GTHA website launched last week to provide a tool to track public events and providing a space for discussion and collaboration.
On Monday March 18th, TCAT was proud to join other Move the GTHA stakeholders at a press conference held by the Toronto Region Board of Trade in which it announced funding recommendations for Metrolinx's The Big Move and launched its Let's Break the Gridlock campaign. "The existing transportation system for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is not meeting the current and future needs of this growing region, which is why the Toronto Region Board of Trade's leadership in championing new revenue tools is so important. This critical investment in The Big Move is badly needed to improve the way all of us get around, whether it be by walking, cycling, public transit or motor vehicle," said Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT Director.