Big city mayors attempt to make permanent transit funding an election issue

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The Big City Mayors’ Caucus, part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM,) have decided that topping their list of priorities is a stable transit money.

The mayors are insisting on a permanent extension to the 10-year federal transit plan rolled out by the Trudeau government, extending its funding allocations beyond the plan’s expiration in 2027.

Their call echoes a similar one made by the mayors of Metro Vancouver back in April, who also asked for predictable annual funding formula from the federal government.

The larger FCM, which represents about 2,000 municipalities, will meet this week in Kitchener-Waterloo to discuss transit and other election priorities.

In a news release, the mayors’ caucus praised the current federal plan, saying it has helped pay for transit in such cities as Quebec City and Edmonton.

It has also helped pay for projects in Toronto, including a number of repairs and improvements to TTC vehicles and tracks.

The caucus is also calling for a complimentary fund that helps to increase ridership among such groups as seniors and people with mobility issues, and for extra money to help pay for the cost of making transit systems more environmentally friendly.

The FCM came out in August with another election request, calling on all federal parties to commit to making housing for low-income Canadians more accessible. -CINEWS

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