Media Advisory: MTO/MOI Minister Murray to speak at ninth Transport Futures conference

Item date: 
April 5, 2013
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Murray to speak
at ninth Transport Futures conference

Global experts will provide insight into which
revenue tools could work best in the GTHA

The public has been presented with a comprehensive list of taxes and user fees that could generate needed funds for transport infrastructure in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area.  As there are complex policy issues to address when considering new “revenue tools”, are citizens being given the information necessary to provide meaningful input?  Will key
decision-makers be able to accurately evaluate each funding measure so that economic, environmental and social policy goals are met?

The Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure, will be the keynote speaker at the Transport Futures Mobility Funding Symposium. Following the Minister’s morning speech, international and national experts
will work with delegates to thoroughly review those revenue tools which have been proven to support sustainable transport policy and good governance.

Who:  Government, business, labour, academic and non-profit representatives, policy experts (see speaker list below) and citizens with an interest in sustainable transportation and infrastructure financing.

What:     Transport Futures - Mobility Funding Symposium

When: Monday, April 8, 2013 – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.  Minister to speak at 8:45.

Where: Metropolitan Hotel (Mandarin Ballroom), 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto

Why: To create a framework that connects a range of revenue tools with progressive economic, environmental and social policy.

Experts who will be joining Minister Murray at Transport Futures include:

  • Martin Wachs, Senior Principal Researcher, RAND Corporation, Los Angeles, USA
  • José Vassallo, Associate Professor, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Cameron Gordon, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia
  • Geoff Cross, Senior Manager, Policy, Pricing and Funding, TransLink, Vancouver, BC
  • David Lewis, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, HDR Decision Economics, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Rob Hatton, Director, Strategic Initiatives & Intergovernmental Finance, City of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  • Robin Lindsey, Professor, Operations Research & Logistics Division, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
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The Transport Futures “Mobility Funding Symposium” is the ninth in a series of learning events staged by Healthy Transport Consulting (HTC) since November 2008. We are the only Ontario-based organization facilitating a rational and ongoing dialogue pertaining to a range of mobility pricing measures and infrastructure funding mechanisms. More than 1,000 delegates have heard cutting-edge research, case studies and best practices from over 60 international and national experts - all of which has contributed to the public discourse on the future of transportation planning in the GTA and the rest of Ontario. Transport Futures is spearheaded by HTC Director Martin Collier with the support of a range of corporate and non-profit partners, including the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario, 407 ETR and the Ontario Good Roads Association.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact:

Martin Collier
Founder, Transport Futures
Director, Healthy Transport Consulting