Item - 2012.EX21.35

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 11, 2012 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on June 12, 2012 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on July 11, 2012.

EX21.35 - Moving Forward: Improving Public Transit and Relieving Traffic Congestion through a Regional Funding Strategy - Motion MM23.4 referred by City Council on May 8 and 9, 2012

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 11, 12 and 13, 2012, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council request the City Manager to engage and participate with Metrolinx in establishing a working group of appropriate officials representing the City of Toronto, Greater Golden Horseshoe municipalities, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and any other relevant bodies to provide input into the preparation of a funding strategy for the Metrolinx regional transit plan.

Background Information (Committee)

(May 14, 2012) Member Motion from City Council on Moving Forward: Improving Public Transit and Relieving Traffic Congestion through a Regional Funding Strategy (MM23.4)

Communications (Committee)

(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Multiple individuals, 90 Identical Communications submitted to the Executive Committee (EX.Main.EX21.35.1)
(May 10, 2012) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (EX.Main.EX21.35.2)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Cameron MacLeod (EX.Main.EX21.35.3)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Elizabeth Kaegi (EX.Main.EX21.35.4)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Alan Belaiche (EX.Main.EX21.35.5)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Alexandra Egli (EX.Main.EX21.35.6)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Ian Tripp (EX.Main.EX21.35.7)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Kate Chung (EX.Main.EX21.35.8)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Geills Turner (EX.Main.EX21.35.9)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Margaret Learn (EX.Main.EX21.35.10)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Stephen Yeates (EX.Main.EX21.35.11)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Elliot Fine (EX.Main.EX21.35.12)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Robin Whyte (EX.Main.EX21.35.13)
(May 24, 2012) E-mail from Tyler Greenleaf (EX.Main.EX21.35.14)
(May 25, 2012) E-mail from Kristina Turner (EX.Main.EX21.35.15)
(May 26, 2012) E-mail from Lisa Kelly (EX.Main.EX21.35.16)
(May 28, 2012) E-mail from Carolyn and Joe Johnson (EX.Main.EX21.35.17)
(May 25, 2012) Letter from Kathleen Pattinson (EX.Main.EX21.35.18)
(May 29, 2012) E-mail from Barbara Morris (EX.Main.EX21.35.19)
(May 29, 2012) E-mail from Shawnte Clow (EX.Main.EX21.35.20)
(June 4, 2012) E-mail from Ken Peel (EX.Supp.EX21.35.21)
(June 4, 2012) E-mail from Ken Peel (EX.Supp.EX21.35.22)
(June 5, 2012) E-mail from Laura Zizzo (EX.Supp.Ex21.35.23)
(June 2, 2012) E-mail from Jane and Michael Moore (EX.New.EX21.35.24)
(June 10, 2012) E-mail from Sharon Yetman. PowerPoint Submission (EX.New.EX21.35.25)
(June 10, 2012) E-mail from Paul Bedford FCIP, RPP (EX.New.EX21.35.26)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/ex/comm/communicationfile-30780.pdf
(June 11, 2012) E-mail from Anthony Bider-Hall (EX.New.EX21.35.27)
(June 11, 2012) E-mail from John and Brenda Newell (EX.New.EX21.35.28)
(June 8, 2012) E-mail from Cherise Burda Ontario Policy Director, and Graham Haines, The Pembina Institute (EX.New.EX21.35.29)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/ex/comm/communicationfile-30783.pdf
(June 11, 2012) E-mail from Mitzie Hunter (EX.New.EX21.35.30)
(June 12, 2012) E-mail from Jim Nicholson (EX.New.EX21.35.31)
(June 12, 2012) Submission from Toronto Board of Trade titled "Reaching Top Speed - Infrastructure - Unleashing Ontario's Ability to Grow" (EX.New.EX21.35.32)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/ex/comm/communicationfile-30796.pdf
(June 12, 2012) Submission from Toronto Board of Trade titled "Reaching Top Speed - Infrastructure - Unleashing Ontario's Ability to Grow" (EX.New.EX21.35.32)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/ex/comm/communicationfile-30797.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(June 14, 2012) E-mail from Kenneth R. Peel (CC.Main.EX21.35.33)
(June 14, 2012) E-mail from Frank Griggs (CC.Main.EX21.35.34)
(July 9, 2012) E-mail from Jack Brannigan (CC.Supp.EX21.35.35)
(July 10, 2012) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (CC.New.EX21.35.36)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jul-12-2012 8:05 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX21.35 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 33 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 12 Members that were absent are Josh Colle, John Filion, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson

EX21.35 - Moving Forward: Improving Public Transit and Relieving Traffic Congestion through a Regional Funding Strategy - Motion MM23.4 referred by City Council on May 8 and 9, 2012

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council request the City Manager to engage and participate with Metrolinx in establishing a working group of appropriate officials representing the City of Toronto, Greater Golden Horseshoe municipalities, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and any other relevant bodies to provide input into the preparation of a funding strategy for the Metrolinx regional transit plan.

Origin

(May 14, 2012) Member Motion from Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Karen Stintz

Summary

To fund public transportation and relieve traffic congestion for Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH), it is imperative to move forward with a regional funding strategy.

 

Our transit needs are too urgent to continue relying on one-time provincial funding. Gridlock has become so severe that the status quo, traffic congestion that costs the GGH $6 billion a year and which has an adverse impact on our residents' quality of life, is unacceptable.

 

Metrolinx is currently preparing a funding strategy for their regional transit plan, The Big Move. There are a variety of funding mechanisms that may be considered including the feasibility of implementing road tolls or a regional sales tax dedicated to transit priorities.

 

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 achieve these aims. Any funding initiative should be done on a regional basis to mitigate unintended consequences including job loss and consumer avoidance.

 

Toronto and GGH residents want a faster, reliable and more accessible public transportation system.

 

(Submitted to City Council on May 8 and 9, 2012 as MM23.4)

Background Information

(May 14, 2012) Member Motion from City Council on Moving Forward: Improving Public Transit and Relieving Traffic Congestion through a Regional Funding Strategy (MM23.4)

Communications

(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Multiple individuals, 90 Identical Communications submitted to the Executive Committee (EX.Main.EX21.35.1)
(May 10, 2012) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (EX.Main.EX21.35.2)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Cameron MacLeod (EX.Main.EX21.35.3)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Elizabeth Kaegi (EX.Main.EX21.35.4)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Alan Belaiche (EX.Main.EX21.35.5)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Alexandra Egli (EX.Main.EX21.35.6)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Ian Tripp (EX.Main.EX21.35.7)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Kate Chung (EX.Main.EX21.35.8)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Geills Turner (EX.Main.EX21.35.9)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Margaret Learn (EX.Main.EX21.35.10)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Stephen Yeates (EX.Main.EX21.35.11)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Elliot Fine (EX.Main.EX21.35.12)
(May 23, 2012) E-mail from Robin Whyte (EX.Main.EX21.35.13)
(May 24, 2012) E-mail from Tyler Greenleaf (EX.Main.EX21.35.14)
(May 25, 2012) E-mail from Kristina Turner (EX.Main.EX21.35.15)
(May 26, 2012) E-mail from Lisa Kelly (EX.Main.EX21.35.16)
(May 28, 2012) E-mail from Carolyn and Joe Johnson (EX.Main.EX21.35.17)
(May 25, 2012) Letter from Kathleen Pattinson (EX.Main.EX21.35.18)
(May 29, 2012) E-mail from Barbara Morris (EX.Main.EX21.35.19)
(May 29, 2012) E-mail from Shawnte Clow (EX.Main.EX21.35.20)
(June 4, 2012) E-mail from Ken Peel (EX.Supp.EX21.35.21)
(June 4, 2012) E-mail from Ken Peel (EX.Supp.EX21.35.22)
(June 5, 2012) E-mail from Laura Zizzo (EX.Supp.Ex21.35.23)
(June 2, 2012) E-mail from Jane and Michael Moore (EX.New.EX21.35.24)
(June 10, 2012) E-mail from Sharon Yetman. PowerPoint Submission (EX.New.EX21.35.25)
(June 10, 2012) E-mail from Paul Bedford FCIP, RPP (EX.New.EX21.35.26)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/ex/comm/communicationfile-30780.pdf
(June 11, 2012) E-mail from Anthony Bider-Hall (EX.New.EX21.35.27)
(June 11, 2012) E-mail from John and Brenda Newell (EX.New.EX21.35.28)
(June 8, 2012) E-mail from Cherise Burda Ontario Policy Director, and Graham Haines, The Pembina Institute (EX.New.EX21.35.29)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/ex/comm/communicationfile-30783.pdf
(June 11, 2012) E-mail from Mitzie Hunter (EX.New.EX21.35.30)
(June 12, 2012) E-mail from Jim Nicholson (EX.New.EX21.35.31)
(June 12, 2012) Submission from Toronto Board of Trade titled "Reaching Top Speed - Infrastructure - Unleashing Ontario's Ability to Grow" (EX.New.EX21.35.32)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/ex/comm/communicationfile-30796.pdf
(June 12, 2012) Submission from Toronto Board of Trade titled "Reaching Top Speed - Infrastructure - Unleashing Ontario's Ability to Grow" (EX.New.EX21.35.32)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/ex/comm/communicationfile-30797.pdf

Speakers

Paul Bedford
Sharon Yetman, Transit Flow Technologist, Platform Technology Consultancy
Joe Murray, President, JMA Consulting
Richard Joy, Vice President and CEO, Toronto Board of Trade
Franz Hartmann, Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Steven Diamond
Councillor Shelley Carroll
Councillor Janet Davis
Councillor Joe Mihevc

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

2 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Lost)

That Councillor Palacio's motion be amended by adding:

 

"That Council direct that any funding strategy exclude:

 

a.  a sales tax.

b.  road tolls that are not applied on a regional basis."

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council