Sustainable Communities

GO Transit Rail Service for Orangeville

Let’s get cars off of the road and trains onto the track. Let’s make a Union Station-Orangeville GO Transit Rail Service a reality. Often referred to as a “bedroom” or “gateway” community, Orangeville is home to 30,729 residents, and is the largest town in Dufferin County. Connecting Orangeville to the GTA is a lightly used rail line, which should be used for a GO Transit Rail line. Currently, Metrolinx has planned ...more »

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Finch West LRT now

With delays to the SRT because of needed updates to its EA, design, etc. from LRT to HRT (subway), it will be years before any construction starts on its replacement. Instead of waiting, start building the Finch West LRT in 2014. Adjust the construction timelines so that other transit projects can be moved up.

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Sheppard East LRT now

With delays to the SRT because of needed updates to its EA, design, etc. from LRT to HRT (subway), it will be years before any construction starts on its replacement. Instead of waiting, start building the Sheppard East LRT in 2014. Adjust the construction timelines so that other transit projects can be moved up.

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Integrated Passenger Rail Transportation Policy

Ontario requires a modern intercity and interprovincial transit system. Rail passenger service is essential for smaller communities, for students, employees, seniors, and families. VIA funding has been declining and is currently at the discretion of the federal cabinet, thus being neither predictable nor subject to public scrutiny or input. The Government of Ontario and the Ontario Liberal Party should support the development ...more »

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Take the politicians out of public transit planning

No more Sorbara Expresses or Sheppard Stubways! Public transit authorities should be allowed to run more like private companies and build infrastructure where justified by demand. This would make public transit self-sustaining, promote *rational* investment in infrastructure and create more transit-friendly communities. Public transit could still be built in communities where it would not be viable without government ...more »

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TTC Pass Holders get a FREE GO TRANSFER

Why have a Transit "Cadillac System" and a "Cattle Car System" from Kennedy Station? You are both trying to go Downtown. Voila you have just saved about 5 Billion Dollars. GO's today's trains are only about 30% full. Fill the other 70% with Toronto Standees. Voila Ms. Wynne, you have just fixed Gridlock, without requiring 50 Billion Dollars. This idea, has just fixed Gridlock and saved billions. This idea has "Intellectual ...more »

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True transit priority signals

Transit signals should truly be "transit priority". Non-transit vehicles, especially left turning non-transit vehicles, should not get priority over transit vehicles. Only emergency vehicles should take go ahead of transit vehicles. By "transit priority", we mean that a on schedule or behind schedule transit vehicle should get its transit signal to go ahead as it approaches a traffic signal intersection, without having ...more »

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Three Step Economic Plan

My main piece of advice to fix the economy is "ask Paul Krugman". But, assuming that's not going to happen, here's what I would do: 1. The deficit is NOT the problem right now, so don't worry about it. Reducing the deficit has *nothing* to do with creating jobs, and in fact works against it. Once the economy is fixed, then pay down the debt. 2. Put unemployed manufacturing workers to work in building infrastructure, ...more »

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Public transit in Scarborough

With regard to public transit in Scarborough, Premier Wynne should throw her support (and our money) behind whichever system (LRT, different subway plans, or a combination) gives the best affordable transit service to the most people in Scarborough. It should NOT be decided on a political basis of attracting votes.

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STOP CATERING TO MIDDLE CLASS SUBURBAN TAX HATERS

After all, youth, students, visible minorities, recent immigrants, renters, users of public transit, welfare and disability recipients, senior citizens, the poor and even the wealthy, tend to be largely ignored by both the Wynne Liberals and the Hudak Conservatives, who would appear to be primarily concerned only with what is best for both Bay Street bankers as well as middle aged, middle class, propertied, car owners ...more »

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Public Transit in Toronto

Why can't Toronto & Ontario agree to build rapid transit along existing rail corridors instead of ripping up roads & tunneling under buildings? Why not take the pressure off the downtown with a rapid transit line along the southern rail corridor, combining the money for Gardiner repair and transit building, utilizing the same corridor?

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Transit Funding - Encourage/Promote/Advocate Legacy Giving

Time to go after high income folks interested in leaving a legacy. Museums of ceramics and shoes are great, but when you can donate money to worthy causes and impact hundreds of thousands of people, this is a no brainer. Why aren't we approaching the Thomsons, the Westons, the Lee-Chins, the Stronachs, the Goldhars, etc. to fund subway extensions, new stops, lines, etc. I'm happy to have a David Thomson line to the airport. ...more »

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