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article imageOlivia Chow brings National Public Transit Strategy Act to Ottawa

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By KJ Mullins     Sep 30, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - A Canadian Member of Parliament is poised to introduce a national transit bill to the House of Commons today, according to her recent tweet.
While an increase in condo homes in the downtown core has brought more TTC riders in, the service has not increased proportionally along with the population.
That could be changing if MP Olivia Chow has her way.
NDP's Olivia Chow announced on Twitter this morning that she is to introduce her national transit bill today in the House.
Canada is the only G8 country without a national public transit strategy.
Olivia Chow tabled her National Public Transit Strategy Act before last fall's election. Today she is taking it to the nation's MPs as an effort to maintain and expand Canada's public transit.
“Canadians deserve fast, reliable, affordable and accessible public transit,” Chow said on her web site. “Every year billions of dollars are lost due to traffic congestion while simultaneously transit authorities struggle to meet demands.”
This bill will provide a sound investment plan supporting public transit across the nation by establishing federal funding.
Chow discussed the issue with George Stroumboulopoulos this week pointing out that in Toronto the new condo planning didn't have public transit planning when they built.
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