Toronto considers gas tax to ease congestion woes


Groups such as the Toronto Board of Trade and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance are throwing their support behind the idea of a gas tax that would be used to fund transportation projects. Toronto currently has the worst gridlock in the country. The idea of a tax will be discussed today at the Toronto Talks Mobility – Public Forum. Vancouver similarly is dealing with congestion issues and after years of opposition to the idea, the Metro Vancouver Mayor’s Council approved a 2-cents-per-litre increase on the provincial gas tax. The tax will help fund projects such as the Evergreen Line which is projected to move 70,000 commuters per day. Read more in the Toronto Star.


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