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Two community events tackle transit issues, February 22



Two community meetings that deal with transit issues take place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 22.


First, the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA), TTCRiders, the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (COSSA), the Scarborough Civic Action Network (SCAN) and more than 10 other supporting organizations are jointly hosting:

“Scarborough Left Waiting”
A Community Meeting on Transit Needs in Scarborough
During the event, you can discuss how to work on improving the availability and the accessibiilty of public transit in the city. You’ll learn more about the status of proposals to upgrade transit in Scarborough and find out how you can get involved in some of the ongoing campaigns to better transit services.

The meeting takes place from 6 until 8:30 p.m. at the Scarborough Civic Centre. The hosts will serve refreshements and provide tokens to make sure everyone can turn up.

To help the event organizers plan, please let Farhat Hasan know if you intend to attend. You can e-mail Farhat at farhat@cassa.on.ca or call 416-932-1359, extension 10.

Getting there by transit:

3 Scarborough rapid transit to Scarborough Centre Station.

or

9 Bellamy, 16 McCowan, 21 **Brimley, 38 Highland Creek, 43B Kennedy via Progress, 129 McCowan North, 130 Middlefield, 131 Nugget, 132 Milner, 133 Neilson, 134 Progress, 169 Huntingwood, 190 Scarborough Centre rocket or 199 Finch rocket buses to Scarborough Centre Station.

Other organizations supporting this event include: Action for Neighbourhood Change - Malvern, Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA), the Centre for Information and Community Services (CICS), the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Family Service Toronto, the Free and Accessible Transit Campaign Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly, the Malvern Community Coalition, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2, Social Planning Toronto and the Tamil Information Centre.


‘Way across town on the same evening, Councillor Anthony Peruzza (Ward 8 - York West) is hosting a town hall meeting where you can discuss a number of issues in your community, including an update on Finch Avenue West transit plans, subway construction and a transportation plan for Keele Street and Finch Avenue West.

According to TTCRiders, “Finch Avenue West is at gridlock. Cars, trucks, and buses are stuck behind one another in traffic. The 36 Finch West bus is the busiest route in Toronto, leaving passengers to wait as crowded buses continue to pass them by.

“The rumblings of what Mayor Ford’s new Transportation Plan to replace Transit City might look like is clearly leaving out people along Finch West, who were promised a Finch LRT. Mayor Ford’s plan takes money allocated to Finch West and buries it underground along Eglinton, according to Bruce McCuaig of Metrolinx.

“This weekend 25 volunteers including students from the York Federation of Students (YFS) and Ward 8 residents knocked on 2,000 doors with Councillor Perruzza and had hundreds of letters signed in favour of the Finch West LRT.”

The town hall meeting takes place:

Tuesday, February 22, 7 p.m.,
Yorkwoods Library Theatre,
1785 Finch Avenue West (south side of Finch West between Jane and Keele Streets).

Getting there by transit:

36 Finch West bus to the door.