Transit and traffic has been a very important issue in Richmond Hill for a number of years. As our population has increased so has the demand we place on our road and transit systems. As a business owner, and as a past chair of the Chamber of Commerce, and Past Chamber Government Affairs Committee Chair, I know all too well just how important investing in public transit and transportation infrastructure is to Richmond Hill. While we have a long way to go, we do have some exciting transportation projects on the horizon. We need to get to work building the road and tansit infrastructure that will serve our community today and in the future time is of the essence!
I attended a transit announcement today by Transportation Minister Glen Murray. He announced that the contract had been awarded to begin construction of the Bus Rapid Transit Dedicated lanes up Yonge Street. This is good news, but I stressed to him that while it is a good start, it is only a start to what is needed in Southern York Region to solve our transportation problems. In 2009 I was a member of the Yonge Street Advisory Task Force. At that time it seemed that the Yonge Street Subway construction would be started and by now, in 2014, would be nearing completion. That never happened!
It remains vitally important to Richmond Hill to continue to advocate and push for this important public transit project. Public transit remains a very important issue for me. Getting people and goods to their destination in Richmond Hill and Southern York Region efficiently will be crucial for our future prosperity as a community.