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Mississauga mayoral candidate Bonnie Crombie vows beefed up transit for Mississauga

September 9, 2014


Mississauga mayoral candidate Bonnie Crombie said if elected she will beef up transit while holding tax increases to the rate of inflation.

Crombie released her 64-page platform Tuesday morning pledging to get the Hurontario LRT built by 2020. Crombie, a former MP and current Mississauga Ward 5 councillor, says she wants to see light rail built in the near-term. The project, which out-going mayor Hazel McCallion has championed, is currently in the design phase and, pending funding, will be built within the next 5 to 8 years according to the city.

“The LRT will form the spine of our regionally integrated transit network and will be a critical piece of our rapid transit infrastructure in the future,” Crombie says in the document.

But Crombie says Mississauga can’t handle the cost of building the $1.6-billion light-rail project itself. The city has committed $15-million to the consultation and design process, but needs the province to step up.

“This cost cannot be borne by the Mississauga property taxpayer, but must come from the Ontario government,” she said. “Toronto has received funding for its Scarborough Subway and I think it is only fair we receive funding for our Hurontario LRT.”

Crombie says if she’s elected she will ask city staff to work on a feasibility study on another light-rail line. This project, would link the Hurontario LRT to the Malton GO station and Pearson International Airport.

“This could provide residents with the ability to travel from Mississauga’s city centre to Pearson Airport quickly, saving on parking and the hassle that often comes with traveling to the airport.”

Crombie is also pledging to keep tax increases at the rate of inflation.

” Concentrating on priorities and streamlining services will free up tax dollars so we can responsibly make the investments we need for our future, while holding the line on property taxes,” she said.

The document acknowledges the city has a growing infrastructure gap as development revenue shrinks. She vowed to work with city staff to prioritize projects with an eye to safety and quality.

” There are significant capital project requests that cannot be managed from within current resources. To this end I will work with City officials to outline an optimal path forward that is consistent with the City’s 2014-16 Business Plan.”

Crombie’s platform also promises to revive Mississauga’s waterfront taskforce. The group would tackle redevelopment of several key properties without burdening taxpayers with additional bureaucracy.

“Unlike Toronto, this will not be a development corporation and will not result in the creation of an additional bureaucracy or added cost.”



Article source: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/09/09/mississauga-mayoral-candidate-bonnie-crombie-vows-beefed-up-transit-for-mississauga

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