I hate it how when a politician pays attention to the problems of half of the voting base which have been ignored for 20 years people start screaming bloody murder and tell the politicians to completely ignore them because "the province is more than toronto)
check out my future toronto renders, complete with colour coding of the stages of construction!
There may be no official plans, but that doesn't mean it's not a possibility.
And I'm afraid I disagree with Steve Munro on this one.
TTC's Presto implementation isn't designed to do fare by distance. It would probably take $100+ million of extra hardware to do that - and perhaps a lot more in station redesigns.
It's almost as bad as all those articles saying the TTC was considering banning strollers.
Quite clearly TTC isn't about to implement fare-by-distance.
Last edited by nfitz; 2013-Jan-30 at 08:36.
Anyway, back on topic of Wynne and Transit, it seems that we finally have ourselves a Transit election. I've been waiting for this for at least 15 years.
Talking about taxes and tolls could potentially be deadly to the Liberals and/or the NDP who likely agree with them. However, if you manage to get through to people who are fed up with crawling highways and overstuffed subway trains, then you might be on to something. Emphasis on the results, not the method to pay for them.
Last edited by rbt; 2013-Jan-30 at 09:35.
I agree that Wynne was not smart sounding like she already believed in a particular revenue stream (tolling) but I'm glad that her selection will raise the transit policy profile just as Metrolinx sounds like it is ready to do some real work.
Last edited by ShonTron; 2013-Jan-30 at 10:47.
Unfortunately, even if this government does last until 2014 or 2015, there won't be much new tangible infrastructure to flaunt, other than the Union-Pearson train. Their best bet is to announce some massive GO service boosts, and do as many press conferences at GO stations across the GTHA, as well as at various points along the ECLRT construction site, and highlight how much better these investments are going to make life in the GTHA.
"We're doing all of this. But we need some help in order to make these next step projects, like the Hurontario LRT, electrified GO, and the Downtown Relief Line a reality."
I think one of the best ways to remove the sting of these new revenue tools would be to announce all-day two-way service on pretty much every line, and 30 min service on the Lakeshore lines. It would be a huge step, but you need a gesture of good faith if people are going to swallow these taxes or fees. These types of service boots would be mostly operating costs, with relatively little capital involved in them (especially compared to projects like the DRL).
PS: 4,000 posts. Holy crap, I spend way too much time on here...
Last edited by Platform 27; 2013-Jan-30 at 13:34.
For Kathleen, the transit improvements have to include the GTA and all urban areas (Waterloo, Ottawa, North Bay, etc.), and not just Toronto, in her campaign or government session.
W. K. Lis