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GTA Transit Summit Drives Home Need For Real Transit Solutions

Feb 06, 2004

Today, politicians from the provincial, federal and municipal governments together with leaders from the academic and private sectors gathered at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga to attend a GTA Transit Summit hosted by the W5 Mayors' Transit Caucus and the Canadian Urban Institute.

"I am encouraged by today's show of co-operation and commitment from my provincial, federal and municipal colleagues around the GTA," said Burlington Mayor Rob MacIsaac, Chair of the W5 Mayors' Transit Caucus. "Today's summit has reinforced the need for real and sustainable transit solutions. By addressing these critical issues now, we are ensuring that the GTA remains a vibrant and competitive city-region in the future."

Keynote addresses from The Hon. Harinder Takhar, Minister of Transportation, The Hon. David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal and The Hon. Tony Valeri, Minister of Transport, demonstrated commitment to working with municipalities to find long-term and priority-based solutions. "I look forward to involving MP's at the front end of transportation initiatives and engaging not only parliament, but all levels of government, in an open and transparent dialogue," said Mr. Valeri.

"Today's summit is a step in the right direction. Smart Growth principles have been in place for quite some time, but what has stalled us is the lack of will to implement the needed changes," said Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion. "Today's summit is important, because it addresses gridlock from a transit perspective as well as gridlock that exists in our bureaucracies and regulations. We desperately need a co-ordinated approach to develop, implement and manage a long-term growth strategy."

Today's GTA Transit Summit was comprised of four panel discussions focusing on several major transit issues such as co-ordination, funding, priorities, responsibilities and sustainability. At the close of the summit, the W5 mayors presented a unified protocol that outlined the major principles and concepts that are to be implemented on a priority basis.

For more information on today's summit, please contact Burlington Mayor Rob MacIsaac at 905-335-7600 ext. 7703 or Glenn Miller, vice president, Education and Research, Canadian Urban Institute at 416-365-0816 ext. 284.

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The W5 Mayors' Transit Caucus is comprised of Mayor Susan Fennell, City of Brampton; Mayor Rob MacIsaac, City of Burlington; Mayor Larry Di Ianni, City of Hamilton, Mayor Hazel McCallion, City of Mississauga and Mayor Ann Mulvale, Town of Oakville.

Media Contact(s):

Mark Guinto
Public Affairs Consultant
City of Mississauga
905-896-5933
mark.guinto@mississauga.ca

Fran Agnew
Assistant to the Mayor
City of Burlington
905-971-1181
agnewf@burlington.ca






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