Some people suffer from transit fatigue, others just hate waiting in traffic. Toronto’s population has quintupled since 1961 and it is no surprise then that the number of car trips has also grown.
It’s an issue the City of Toronto has grappled with for years. But this year, there’s a special effort to tackle congestion. In the next few months, the city and GO Transit are rolling out what they call the City of Toronto Plan.
The goal is to reduce vehicle trips by 40 per cent by 2030.
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Why is this necessary? It’s because traffic congestion can cause an estimated 10,000 deaths per year. It’s also costing the country billions. The City of Toronto has set a goal of reducing traffic congestion by 40 per cent, which is expected to save a lot of money and reduce emissions in the city.
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Toronto Mayor John Tory has argued that “improvements in transportation are essential to strengthening the health of our population and the economy of our city”.
The mayor is now hoping that this special plan, which will be supported by a capital plan, will transform the city into a transportation hub where people can get from Point A to Point B with little hassle.
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Toronto is talking to other cities including New York and Washington DC about how to improve their urban plans in a similar fashion.
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