Posts Tagged ‘McGuinty’

Don’t risk it, take transit

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Tough new drinking and driving laws recently went into effect giving people an even greater reason to take public transit.

The tougher penalties mean increasing fines and suspensions for anyone driving under the influence.

Why risk lives when there’s a simple, easy and safe alternative – public transit. Keeping people from driving after they have been drinking alcohol is critical to keeping our roads safe.

As OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford has said many times, most accidents are not accidents, they are collisions and completely preventable.

Hopefully this new law will make people realize that drinking and driving is not worth it – and illegal!


$1.4 billion for our rapidway projects

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
Premier Dalton McGuinty announces billions for transit projects

Premier Dalton McGuinty announces billions for transit projects

I’m really excited about this recent announcement. If you haven’t heard – or didn’t click on the link above – vivaNext rapidway projects are being funded with $1.4 billion from the Government of Ontario.

I’m excited because this means faster and better connections for everyone. Let’s face it, the faster, more accessible and more reliable public transit is, the more people will choose to use it instead of driving.

The funding will allow us to put shovels in the ground this year on four specific areas:
1) Highway 7 – from about Jane St. in Vaughan to Kennedy Rd. in Markham
2) Yonge St. – from about Highway 7 to 19th Ave. in Richmond Hill
3) Yonge St. – from Mulock Dr. to Davis Dr. in Newmarket
4) Davis Dr. – from Yonge St. to the Southlake Regional Hospital

But this funding announcement wasn’t isolated to York Region. Premier McGuinty is investing billions on transit projects in the GTA.

While we celebrated this announcement at the office, I began to think about just how much work now stands before us and how some people will likely be skeptical. I can assure you that final preparations will be done and we will begin construction this fall.

I’ll be sure to post pictures!