"It's not just about how much it's about how it's given out," Chow said following the forum Thursday night. "Short term funding just doesn't work. So the federal government needs to take the leadership and partner with different levels of government so that we can solve the gridlock problem together."
Chow's meeting on public transit comes in the wake of the City of Toronto rolling out a campaign to solicit ideas from the public on how it can improve its Nike Air Max Classic Style
"It should really be about a 20 year commitment that is predictable and that grows with the economy and grows with the ridership," Chow told CP24 earlier Thursday. "As you know, more and more people are taking the TTC, but as a result we are packed. There are times you can't even get onto the streetcar or get into the subway because the cars are packed. We need more [transit]."
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"We desperately need a national transit strategy because, on average, Canadians are spending almost a month a year trying to get to work, or classes, or to visits friends," she said. "Here in the GTA, it's even worse. We spend about 82 minutes a day commuting and that's time that we could be spending with our families."
That's the message that NDP MP Olivia Chow delivered to a group of about 75 students at a forum on public transit Thursday night.
The federal government must make a long term financial commitment to building public transit if it is indeed serious about reducing gridlock in cities like Toronto.
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Chow, the NDP's transport and infrastructure critic, has publically called for a national transit strategy in the past, however to date she has not had any success getting the Conservative government on side with her private member's bill.
Chow said she is currently waiting for a response from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on the strategy.
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Chow hosts open forum on public transit
Traditionally the federal government has funded public transit infrastructure on a project by project basis, but Chow said they should Nike Air Max 95 On Feet
make at least a 20 year financial commitment so city's like Toronto can plan for the long term.
The "Feeling Congested?" campaign was unveiled Monday with Air Max 95 Midnight Navy the launch of an interactive website and the announcement that four public consultations will be held on transit over the next two weeks.
A similar commitment was made by the Government of Ontario in 2010 when it pledged to complete five major transit projects within 10 years at a cost of $9.5 billion.
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country are joining together and saying that a long term plan is what's needed," she said.
Speaking with CP24 Thursday, Chow suggested the problem is reaching a boiling point.
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