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Toronto Board of Trade calls on provincial party leaders to tackle traffic and transit

Grid lock should be the top priority on the provincial campaign trail, according to the Toronto Board of Trade.

The board said the GTA is way behind with transit and infrastructure and the province can’t afford to build it.

With Ontario voters hitting the ballot boxes this fall, the board said the province needs to be battle-ready in the war on traffic.   

The Ontario economy is losing $6-billion dollars a year to grid lock. York Region’s chair and CEO Bill Fish said the GTA cannot afford to build the transit it needs.

“Transportation in particular has to be way beyond our borders,” Fish said.

The board is calling on provincial party leaders to strap on their money-making thinking cap.

“How do we find $40-billion that’s needed to build more tracks, better highways and more bike lanes?,” asked Carol Wilding, president and CEO of the board.

The board said it will take several different tools to generate the money we need. Some ideas being tossed around are road tolls and parking surcharges.

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