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Monday, February 18, 2013

People of Toronto - Take a second to vote for TTCriders!

TTCriders is in the running for the Livegreen Toronto Awards.
We have a great shot of winning this competition as improving public transit is a fantastic way to tackle climate change and improve air quality.  We also have a massive list of 16,000 pro-transit subscribers and a group of dedicated and passionate people and members who are supportive of our cause.
We need your help.
WHY VOTE FOR US? is an all-volunteer membership-based group of passionate transit users. We want a great public transit system and affordable fares for all Torontonians.
Climate change is our greatest environmental threat. We must reverse the surge of killer hurricanes, drought, floods, and heat waves.
But how?
Reduce car use.   Cars and light duty trucks account for 28% of Toronto's total output of climate-causing greenhouse gas emissions.  Torontonians will reduce their car-use if there’s a alternative.  That alternative is a reliable, affordable, fast, and expansive public transit system.  TTCriders is committed to engaging the thousands of people who ride the TTC and working with them to champion the green and sensible public transit solution.
TTCriders has a track record of success. Since our founding in 2010, TTCriders has reached over to over 50,000 people and successfully campaigned for the approval of more light rail rapid transit lines which includes the construction of new light rail lines to Scarborough and Finch, as well as the buildout of the underground Eglinton crosstown light rail transit line.  According to TTC reports, once these lines are built, roughly 53 million annual car trips will be avoided.
But we must build on that success.
TTCriders is tackling our toughest environmental issue in the most strategic way. And we’re solving gridlock, keeping fares affordable, reducing smog emissions, and engaging Torontonians in the process.  Vote for us.
The City of Toronto launched public consultations process on issues related to transportation planning, transportation priorities and funding. TTCriders organized to have members attend the sessions and advocate for greater investments in public transit. If you didn’t get a chance to attend now you can have your say.
Please give your feedback online at:
All feedback will be reported back to City of Toronto and will help inform City Council’s next steps. So it’s vital you give your say! On top of that you could also win several prizes so please visit the site provided above.
Metrolinx is holding several public workshops on Designing the Future of Eglinton. The workshops will focus on integration of the new Eglinton Crosstown LRT  and station stops with the existing streetscape. Preliminary designs for stations and LRT surface stops will also be shown. Drop in from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Presentation and Workshop start at 6:30 p.m. All locations are wheelchair accessible.
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
York Memorial Collegiate Inst.
2690 Eglinton Avenue West
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Forest Hill Collegiate Inst.
730 Eglinton Avenue West
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Noor Cultural Centre
123 Wynford Drive
According to the 2012, Ministry of Transportation report: Transit-Supportive Guidelines , transit users are willing to walk 400 m to a local stop or 800 m to a rapid transit station. Residents along Eglinton have voiced concern with and plan to fight the elimination of the Leslie station stop. We encourage TTCRiders interested in accessibility for transit users along the Eglinton Crosstown to attend.
Sign up here:
Yearly membership rates range from $100 to a ‘pay what you can’ option.  All membership fees go towards helping TTCriders organize and implement campaigns, undertake ward and neighbourhood level advocacy and engage with key decision makers at Toronto City Hall, Queens Park and the Toronto Transit Commission.
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