- Apr 12, 2010
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- London, Ontario
I agree 100%, but one important correction- London is not a regional Ontario city.This is absolutely the kind of thinking we need approaching the 2030s for what the next step to push for is. Especially in terms of being like, regional Ontario cities have had a big population influx, lots of it sprawl, and how can rapid transit happen in that situation. In Waterloo Region, Kitchener and Waterloo have both sprawled out pretty much to their municipal boundaries and a lot of development is shifting to small towns. I think development of proper regional systems would be good - you can see cases like Simcoe LINX, but it's totally egregious there isn't more of a regional system around London, given its size and significance.
If the London metro became a regional municipality then you would have some politicians that would care more about the greater good of the area as a whole. With just a single tier, councilors care more about super local issues in just their ward so they get reelected again. They're more concerned in fixing a sidewalk crack on some random street or getting a new baseball diamond in their ward so they have something to show they did to their constituents. They're not going to really care what happens at the other end of town and if that takes money away from their concerns, they may vote against it.
Sure Toronto is a single city too but it's all urbanized and was an amalgamation of metro Toronto so there's some history about working together. London has some urban wards, many suburban and even a few rural wards which makes collaboration difficult. Also with 14 councilors for a city of 420k people vs 25 for Toronto (Thanks Douggie!), the councilors here are very concerned with the little things.
-Hamilton has cities around it so there is more cooperation in making it stand out vs the surrounding municipalities. London has... just London
To get something like this built you'd need a upper agency like Metrolinx to step in because London isn't going to do this themselves, let alone think of anything similar to this.
I'm sill amazed BRT got approved... its half assed for sure, but it's progress!