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Posted November 6, 2009

Tri-Cities Transport Action Group Counters T4ST Misinformation With New Website

Waterloo Region - The Tri-Cities Transport Action Group (TriTAG) kicked off its campaign to promote active transportation and transit within Waterloo Region by officially launching its new, revamped website Wednesday morning.

"It's a great day for Waterloo Region," said Tim Mollison, one of TriTAG's founding members. "Today, we bring sensible, reasonable policy alternatives to endless pavement."

TriTAG's new website aims to both inform local citizens about transport issues affecting their community, and connect them with their government representatives.

The site features an online e-mail form at http://tritag.ca/email that allows visitors to directly contact their councillor, provincial MPP, or federal MP to show their support for the Region of Waterloo's landmark decision to invest $790 million in a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line following the core areas of Kitchener and Waterloo.

Less than 24 hours after launch, more than 1,800 e-mails have been sent to elected officials. "The response has been huge," said Taylor Byrnes, a founding member of TriTAG. "This was more than we could have ever expected. Public opinion is clear - the citizens of Waterloo Region support Light Rail."

"We applaud the Region's bold vision to reinforce the backbone of this community and prevent future sprawl," said Mollison. "In concert with the land use policies mandated in the provincial Places To Grow Act, this is a transit project designed to succeed."

The site also features an "LRT Myths" section that uses information and reason to counter many of the statements made against LRT in recent months.

"We need to move away from cheap politics and let higher levels of government know that there are citizens in this community who have been waiting a long time for significant, permanent investment in transit," said Mollison. "No matter what gets built, vehicular traffic is going to get worse, and Light Rail Transit is the only reasonable compact, high-capacity complement to the existing local bus system. Nobody wants a bus jam like the kind you see in downtown Ottawa - this will help the buses run more smoothly."

The Tri-Cities Transport Action Group (TriTAG) was founded in May 2009 with the idea that people should be able to walk, cycle, and take transit to everywhere they need to go, with dignity. These modes should be accessible to as many people as possible, and made as useful as possible, because transit and active transportation are better for the environment, public health, and the form of our cities. TriTAG believes that through the promotion of both transit and active transportation, the Region of Waterloo can be an even better place to live.

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