It's hard to take these kinds of people seriously
Laurence Lui is quite thoughtful, I have no difficulty taking him seriously.
, they need to realize that car infrastructure is a necessity in Ontario, especially in the GTA,
At no point did Laurence or anyone else say 'Rip out every last road, that's it!, no highways, no arterials, no side streets, no driveways, no parking lots'.
In fact, no one so far as I know has advocated for entirely removing even one highway or road, and advocating for narrower roads isn't all that common either.
What people are expressing exasperation over is widening existing highways that are among the largest in the world; and building even more of them into the hinterlands.
They are right to be exasperated. It isn't necessary; and worse, it harms our economy, it harms our environment, it facilitates building inefficient sprawl that is expensive
to service and it destroys some of the (literally) best farm land on the planet.
The biggest issue is the current rail network only benefits people going to and from Toronto, but for people who want to go anywhere else, requires a car and that means having a good road network and that means more highway infrastructure.
First off, this completely undersells both the reality of existing public transit and its potential. Lots of people in Brampton and Mississauga and elsewhere ride the bus to work, to school, and the grocery store every day.
Second, yes, that modal share is lower than one might like, because the network isn't as robust, as frequent, as swift as one might hope. The answer on that front is more investment. Brampton is the poster child for showing that
when you invest in good transit it pays off and attracts riders away from the car; they need to do more of that, and other systems need to start.
Narrowly, on the subject of rail, there is a general agreement that GO needs at least one cross-town rail route from west GTA to the East GTA, and that is now in the high level provincial plans; but it will certainly be two decades (or more) before
we see a GO line running in either the 401 or 407 ROW.
I belive it all stems from the fact we ripped up perfectly good railway corridors across the province, we wouldn't need to rely on the automobile
That certainly didn't help, though, I don't believe we actually ripped out any East-West rail corridors across the GTA. Our mistake in public policy was not building at least one more than we have today, if not two.
This is the situation we created, so how do you fix it?
See above. Better transit, Regional fare and service integration, and an additional E-W regional rail corridor.