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GTA group releases report on combating traffic congestion

A group that’s pushing for urgent action on traffic in the Greater Toronto Area has released its ideas on how to combat the problem.

The Western GTA MOVE Taskforce calls on all levels of government and Metrolinx to work together to unblock roads, while encouraging future growth.

The report, Unlocking Our Gridlock Together: A Citizens Report on Transit, was released on Tuesday and makes 28 recommendations.

One of the recommendations suggests the province should create a “sustainable, dedicated, long-term fund specifically for mass urban transit projects.”

According to the report, the federal government should “contribute the entirety of gas tax revenue to address transit issues as part of a national strategy on transportation.”

According to recent data released by the University of Waterloo for the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario commute times jumped 12 per cent between 1994 and 2010 – from an average of 47.1 minutes to 53.5 minutes.

However, the numbers are substantially higher for those in Toronto. The study finds that residents of Toronto now spend an average of 65.6 minutes each day commuting — the most of any area in the province. Oshawa residents are is the No. 2 spot at 63.6 minutes while Barrie residents spend 59.2 minutes getting back and forth to work, the study finds.

The taskforce is a non-partisan comprised of residents from the GTA who want public officials in the province to take urgent action to address traffic congestion.

Read the full report below:

Unlocking Our Gridlock Together: A Citizens Report on Transit

What do you think should be done to combat congestion in the GTA? Share your comments below.

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