York Region is large, covering 1,776 km2 between Lake Simcoe and Steeles Avenue. Adequate transportation is essential for access to schools, job skills training, employment resource centres, workplaces, grocery stores, food banks, medical offices, hospitals, social services offices, shelters, and homes.
We are trying to get people out of poverty. And it seems like such a small thing with transportation, but that small thing is so expensive, you know… when you are in Georgina, to go to Newmarket. Newmarket is right in the middle of York region. When you are in Markham or Richmond Hill to go to a court house… honestly, just trying to get custody, or access settled, it’s very difficult. […] They don’t have that money to spend; they are waiting for everything pending. So the money they have to spend on transportation really locks them into system of poverty. Really, it does.