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"Save Transit City" group canvasses Finch West, March 19

In a recent “torontoist” blog post, reporter Desmond Cole visited Finch Avenue West and discovered that, while the crowded buses along the 36 Finch West route frustrate and anger many, few transit passengers knew about the Transit City proposal to build a light rail line along the street.

Once again, the “Save Transit City” group is organizing volunteers to canvass the Finch West area on Saturday, March 19, to gather support for the Transit City network of light-rail transit lines in Toronto.

Volunteers will go door-to-door in Ward 7 York West from 1 until 4 p.m. to explain to residents the benefits of the proposal and how it would affect their commute.

The group points out that

“Current discussions about a revised transit plan miss a very important point — that the TTC’s #1 busiest transit route in 2009, the 36 Finch West, may not get any rapid transit this generation, after neighbourhoods along Finch West were promised a few years ago.

“After decades of neglect, and being treated like second class citizens, it’s time Finch Avenue West got some political support to stand up for their needs. Let’s not sacrifice the transit future of Finch West neighbourhoods at the whim of motorists.”

The group wants volunteers to meet them by 1 p.m. at the Country Time Donut Shop in Finchdale Plaza, on the north side of Finch Avenue West at Gracedale Boulevard between Islington Avenue and Weston Road.

Canvass organizers will brief you on the issue and provide you with canvass kit that includes instruction on what to say at the door, the answers to “frequently asked questions” and a map.

How to get there by transit

From Finch Station, ride the 36 Finch West bus to Gracedale Boulevard. (If you get to Islington Avenue, you’ve gone too far west.)

From Islington Station, ride the 37 Islington bus to Finch Avenue West. Walk eastward to the Finchdale Plaza, or transfer to an eastbound 36 Finch West bus and ride two stops.

You can learn more about the “Save Transit City” group on Facebook.