Councillor Josh Matlow

Transit

As you know, given the fact that almost as many people commute from Toronto, as they do going in to our city on a daily basis, I have been advocating for a regional approach to building a transit network. Implementing a regional sales tax, tolls or other tools across the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) would create new, and dependable, revenue streams paid into by everyone in our region rather than have any one city cover capital expenses through their property tax base.
 
Tolls or a regional sales tax would also offset the current burden on transit riders to pay for the preponderance of transit costs solely through the fare box. My motion for Toronto and GGH municipalities to enter into negotiations with Metrolinx (the provincially mandated transit planning body for Toronto and the GGH) was recently adopted at Executive Committee and will come to full Council in July. This motion requests the City Manager to work with Metrolinx to explore a variety of regional funding mechanisms with officials from across the GGH to move forward with a regional transit funding plan. Any funding initiative should be done on a regional basis to mitigate unintended consequences including job loss and consumer avoidance. Ultimately, we want the City of Toronto to have a leading seat at the table with its partners as Metrolinx’s process moves closer to fruition.
 
Metrolinx has stated that it will deliver a $40 billion transit funding plan to support the Big Move Plan early next year that will include all the municipalities in the GGH. I believe it may be prudent to read this report, and consider a shared and regional system, before Toronto offers to assume a OneCity approach.
I will continue working with Council to create a transit funding model that delivers on the priorities that matter most to residents. Moreover, I submit that while we debate how best to expand our transit system, we must always keep in mind that addressing the current, unacceptable overcrowding on the Yonge subway line during rush hours, and state of good repair, must be our top priority while we introduce more riders to the system. The new transit lines already approved by Council, and supported by Metrolinx, are moving forward including Finch Avenue, Sheppard Avenue and the Eglinton Crosstown. These projects will be paid for by a “one-time” funding allocation from the provincial government.
Your feedback is very important to me and I will continue to keep you informed as this discussion progresses. I am committed to creating an efficient, reliable and accessible rapid transit system that helps reduce gridlock and connects our region, neighbourhoods and residents. The path we take must be both visionary and evidence-based, fully funded and fiscally responsible.
 
Ultimately, I am pleased that we are now debating how exactly we should fund transit expansion- rather than whether there’s a need to have a plan at all.
Sincerely,

Josh Matlow Toronto City Councillor Ward 22-St.Paul’s www.joshmatlow.ca

1 05, 2017

Community Groups Request Province to Require Comparison of Scarborough Subway with LRT Plan

2018-07-06T17:44:31+00:00

Over 20 community organizations including Scarborough Transit Action, TTC Riders, and Toronto Environmental Alliance have signed a letter to Premier Wynne and Environment Minister Murray requesting the province to require the City to undertake a comparative evaluation of the 1-stop Scarborough subway extension and the 7-stop LRT. The groups cited my motion to Council last month asking for a [...]

Community Groups Request Province to Require Comparison of Scarborough Subway with LRT Plan2018-07-06T17:44:31+00:00
31 03, 2017

Council Ignores Evidence and Chooses 1-Stop Subway Over 24-Stop LRT Network for Scarborough

2018-07-06T17:07:51+00:00

As many of you have heard by now, Council has opted to continue work toward a 1-stop extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway to the Scarborough Town Centre instead of a 2-line, 24-stop network. I wrote extensively about the options in my previous newsletter to you. It is unfortunate that, yet again, Council decided to not ask for relevant and important information [...]

Council Ignores Evidence and Chooses 1-Stop Subway Over 24-Stop LRT Network for Scarborough2018-07-06T17:07:51+00:00
23 03, 2017

It’s Time to Move Forward Now with an Honest and Fact-Based Transit Plan to Serve Scarborough Residents

2017-05-29T19:23:33+00:00

Dear Residents, A bad deal for Scarborough residents keeps getting worse. The cost of the 1-stop subway proposal has risen to $3.346 billion, a 50% increase from when the project was first announced in early 2016. As the cost is going up, Staff are projecting that fewer people will actually want to use the new [...]

It’s Time to Move Forward Now with an Honest and Fact-Based Transit Plan to Serve Scarborough Residents2017-05-29T19:23:33+00:00
7 11, 2016

Keeping You Informed & Engaged: My Analysis of the SmartTrack Proposal Before Council this Week

2017-05-29T19:23:34+00:00

  Dear residents,This week, Council will decide whether to proceed with Mayor Tory’s revised SmartTrack plan as Toronto’s top transit priority. Since the release of the Staff Report, the mayor has received a great deal of criticism for not fulfilling his campaign promise of delivering 22 stations in 7 years with the City’s funding portion completely paid [...]

Keeping You Informed & Engaged: My Analysis of the SmartTrack Proposal Before Council this Week2017-05-29T19:23:34+00:00
8 07, 2016

Let’s Move Forward Now with a 24-Stop Rapid Transit Network for Scarborough

2017-05-29T19:23:38+00:00

Dear residents, Many of you know that I have been advocating for an evidence-based transit plan in Scarborough for several years now. For those who haven’t been following recent developments, if you thought a 3-stop subway for $3.56 billion was a bad idea, Council might actually choose to build a single subway stop rather than [...]

Let’s Move Forward Now with a 24-Stop Rapid Transit Network for Scarborough2017-05-29T19:23:38+00:00
9 03, 2016

Preliminary Discussion Points Concerning New transit Network Modelling

2016-03-09T21:58:17+00:00

The transit network modelled in EX 13.3 is not the network that will ultimately be before Executive Committee in June. However, UofT (on behalf of the City) will be using the same model to project the network that Council will be asked to support. In that context, there are a number of results from the [...]

Preliminary Discussion Points Concerning New transit Network Modelling2016-03-09T21:58:17+00:00
23 01, 2015

A lack of accountability and transparency on the costs of the Scarborough subway extension

2017-05-29T19:23:59+00:00

January 23, 2015   Dear residents,   In today's Toronto Star, Jennifer Pagliaro wrote an important story revealing how many tax dollars will be wasted on sunk costs if the Scarborough LRT is cancelled (there may be more). The article also quotes City Manager, Joe Pennachetti, suggesting that the full amount is hidden within this [...]

A lack of accountability and transparency on the costs of the Scarborough subway extension2017-05-29T19:23:59+00:00
18 08, 2014

NOTICE OF MOTION: Making the Union-Pearson Express Fare More Affordable, Competitive and Fair for Toronto Residents

2017-05-29T19:24:03+00:00

NOTICE OF MOTION: Making the Union-Pearson Express Fare More Affordable, Competitive and Fair for Toronto Residents   Moved by:   Councillor Matlow   Seconded by:   Deputy Mayor Kelly   SUMMARY:   Metrolinx's Union-Pearson Express line is a welcome addition to Toronto's transit network. For too long, our city has been one of the few [...]

NOTICE OF MOTION: Making the Union-Pearson Express Fare More Affordable, Competitive and Fair for Toronto Residents2017-05-29T19:24:03+00:00
11 12, 2013

Facts Before Financing: The Bloor-Danforth Subway Extension – A Motion for the 2014 City of Toronto Budget

2013-12-11T17:37:28+00:00

Dear residents,   Please see the attached motion regarding financing the Bloor-Danforth subway extension in Scarborough that will be submitted to tomorrow's Budget Committee meeting for consideration. The intent of this motion is to ensure that all relevant and factual information is provided to Council before increases to our city's debt and property taxes are [...]

Facts Before Financing: The Bloor-Danforth Subway Extension – A Motion for the 2014 City of Toronto Budget2013-12-11T17:37:28+00:00
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