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January 26, 2007
For this meeting, our guest speaker is Mr. Rob MacIsaac, the former Mayor of Burlington and newly appointed first Chair of the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority. You may find Mr. MacIsaac's personal resume here.
The Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Act, 2006 describes the GTTA's primary responsibilities as being:
i) to provide leadership in the co-ordination, planning, financing and development of an integrated, multi-modal transportation network that conforms with transportation polices of growth plans prepared and approved under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 applicable in the regional transportation area and complies with other provincial transportation policies and plans applicable in the regional transportation area.
ii) to act as the central procurement agency for the procurement of local transit system vehicles, equipment, technologies and facilities and related supplies and services on behalf of Ontario municipalities.
In addition, the GTTA was intended to:
i) take over responsibility for GO Transit from the present Greater Toronto Transit Agency.
ii) be responsible for the implementation and operation of the GTA Farecard system for seamless transfers between public transit modes.
On October 12, 2006, the province announced that the GTTA was being granted $10 million in funding to create a GTA-wide transportation plan.
Mr. MacIsaac will discuss the challenges facing the new authority and the priorities for its formative years.
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