Not many months have 32 days, but this year, November expanded by 2 days as part of CivicAction’s “32 Days of Action” on public transportation.

This morning we attended a reception at Queen’s Park marking the end of a 32-day blitz focusing public attention on the need to invest in transit. Activities hosted by CivicAction and their champions showcased 32 reasons to invest in improved transportation services and asked people across the region to pick their reason and pledge their support at www.your32.com.

There are strong arguments for investment from many quarters: economic productivity, social inclusion, and of course, for reduction of air pollution and greenhouse gases. But the primary reason people want action, according to responses received by CivicAction, is quality of life.

Check the Toronto Star business section today for a profile of two regional commuters, one who drives between Oakville and Brampton and one who drives from Oshawa to Scarborough. The stories are disturbing – a mother who leaves long before her three kids are out of bed, relying on a relative to get the kids to school, and a father hard-pressed to make it home for his son’s 8 pm bedtime – let alone in time to coach evening hockey or take part in his community in other ways. People also cite the toll on personal health: “Sitting on your rear end for 40 hours a month in traffic is just no good for your health,” says one of the commuters. Last time I checked, the Ontario public health costs related to obesity and physical activity were on the rise.

So, pick your reason, but let’s take action on this, the 32nd Day of November.  Pop on to www.your32.com and add your voice to the growing numbers who are fed up with sitting in traffic, and who, frankly, deserve better.