For Immediate Release
September 27, 2001
Peel Regional Chair
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4310
Peel Applauds Province in Decision to Take Back GO Transit Funding and Eliminate GTSB
(Brampton) - Peel Regional Chair Emil Kolb said today that the announcement by Ontario Premier Mike Harris of the Province's intention to take over GO Transit and dissolve the Greater Toronto Services Board (GTSB) "is double-good news for residents and businesses in the Region of Peel."
"This is one of the most important announcements I have heard in years," Kolb said of the news from the Ontario Government of a combined $9 billion dollar plan to invest in transportation across Ontario. Kolb said it is obvious that the plan will require the contribution of Federal and municipal governments and the private sector. "It's too soon to judge who will come to the table and with how much funding, but I am optimistic that this approach can work."
"We have been working with the Province to share our information regarding the risks of increasing inter-regional gridlock to our continuing economic viability. These risks are not forecasts - today we are experiencing gridlock and a desperate need for an infusion of capital in GO Transit, local transit systems and other transportation infrastructure works," said Kolb.
Kolb said Peel Regional Planning and Public Works staff are willing to participate in the announced "Smart Growth Council" being set up by the Ontario Government that will be looking into these transportation challenges.
"The elimination of the GTSB will allow new approaches and an action-oriented agenda that has not been possible within the structure and mandate of the former 42-member board," said Kolb. "The Region of Peel has maintained throughout that while collaboration and better joint planning is needed, this board should not deliver services," Kolb added.
Chair Kolb said that with Canada's busiest airport located within Peel Region, the need for a highly effective and well co-ordinated transportation system is an absolute necessity. "We will work with all partners to ensure that investments are put in place to ensure the efficient movement of goods and trade, and to protect economic vitality," Kolb said.
Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail
Web site: http://www.region.peel.on.ca
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