Understanding "The Big Move"

Later this year, Metrolinx will release a report outlining how to pay for its 25 year, $50 billion plan to expand the transportation network in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), mostly by transit. With the average daily commute in this area approximately 80 minutes, and gridlock increasing each year, increased mobility through an expanded and integrated regional transportation network is vital.

In order to pay for these new services, including subways, light rail transit (LRT) and other forms of rapid transit, Metrolinx has been investigating where the money could come from that will help reach the estimated $2 billion needed annually to fund the projects.

Metrolinx's report will provide recommendations to the provincial government regarding which revenue sources should be considered. With a variety of tax options like a regional sales tax, high occupancy toll lanes, and a parking levy being discussed, consumers are left wondering how this may impact them.

CAA believes that consumers deserve to know what the possible costs are associated with each tool or tax - not to fund the project, but how it may impact their own personal household budget. In a recent survey, CAA Members overwhelmingly agreed that any new funding sources must be dedicated to transportation related needs only. That means the money collected goes directly into these projects, not into the province's general revenue accounts.

There will be much speculation in the days leading up to Metrolinx's report about which taxes and revenue tools will be selected. In an effort to understand the issue better, CAA has put together an infograph below to give consumers a better idea of what each revenue tool may cost you.