It’s the exact Neverland City transit plan that gave us one of the worst commute times in North America: You just think of a happy thought, sprinkle it with private-sector pixie dust, and before you know it, you’re sitting in traffic for another generation.
Fortunately for us, the private sector has joined others to decisively call out this fairy tale for what it is. It’s time to grow up about funding in this growing city.
Some quick thoughts about #OneCity | #TOpoli #transit
Juggling live-blogging, tweeting, and this, so nothing profound, but a couple of things:
1. I wouldn’t assume that “the mayor is back in charge of transit” just yet. Just because OneCity didn’t fly doesn’t mean that he’s suddenly got anything more than shouting “subways subways subways” until our ears bleed.
2. Whatever OneCity is or was, at least it contemplated tying transit expansion to public revenue. You want infrastructure? You gotta pay for it. If nothing else, that’s the beginning of an adult conversation. Beats the shit out of “I can’t support taxing the taxpayer.”
The Liberals, bless their souls, have revealed nothing whatever about how they intend to carve the turkey. I don’t think they have a clue.
John Lorinc on the province’s, er, “prudent” approach to public transit and how to fund, plan, and build it.
Behold, Children of Toronto: The Power of the Ford! | #UnionStation #flood #TOpoli
What the still photo doesn’t show: the water is actually flowing UP the stairs.
@GraphicMatt dismantles @TOMayorFord on transit | #TOpoli #TTC #TeamFord
There’s no shortage of observers willing to blog, analyze, poke fun, and detail all the myriad injuries, both large and small, that Team Ford is inflicting upon the city. Irrational mean-spiritedness, making up “facts” as they go along, sandbagging rookie councillors, and an overall spirit of childish vindictiveness — everything they do contributes to the overall effect of making Toronto a smaller, meaner, dirtier and less functional place to live.
Special mention must go, however, to Matt Elliott for his dedicated, comprehensive, and thoroughly researched posts at Ford For Toronto. What’s especially admirable is that he never sinks to the kind of cheap invective you’ll find on sites like mine. He lays out the numbers and lets them speak for themselves.
Today’s post merits particular attention. In a few short paragraphs, Matt sets out just how badly Team Ford’s incomprehensible, incoherent approach to public transit sets us back. It’s an object lesson in the importance of a cautious, reasoned approach to public policy, and the cost of leaving these decisions in the hands of people who act like petulant five-year-olds.
Any wise guy can wank on about the stupidity of the “War on the Car” meme. Matt brings the facts. If you haven’t bookmarked his site, do it today.
CRTC is peddling broadband Kool-Aid, @peternowak writes
In short, Canada’s upload speeds are an embarrassment. Not a good thing if you’re trying to foster innovation and creativity.
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