Given that both VIA Rail and GO Transit are entirely taxpayer-funded, they should be working as a single system, using one ticketing infrastructure and coordinating their rail networks. VIA offers a wonderful service, but tickets are far too expensive and inflexible, and the schedule too irregular, to be of any use for regular travellers. This means instead that people are often forced to drive when they could easily ...more »
Most major regions fully integrate the planning of public transit with other forms of transportation, and we need to adopt this in Ontario. The recent Metrolinx draft regional transportation plan includes an appendix giving an overview of different types of governance, highlighting models such as Transport for London, but did not give a specific recommendation. The Toronto Board of Trade has also recommended expanding ...more »
The subsidy the TTC receives remains the lowest in North America at just $0.78 per ride. The subsidy other municipalities get: • Montreal – $1.16 • Vancouver – $1.62 • Chicago – $1.68 • New York City – $1.03 • Mississauga – $2.21 • York Region – $4.49 If there was money coming from the province the TTC could expand service, keep fares low, it could do a number of things to improve its operation that it just can’t do ...more »
GO Transit should implement a frequent, all-day, rail-based service that connects Kitchener GO in Waterloo Region to Guelph GO. This idea would enable connectivity between two rapidly growing regions, supporting job growth, sustainable development, and the movement of people. This idea could be feasible based on the following: - Metrolinx already owns the tracks between Kitchener and Guelph - Stations already exist ...more »
Connecting all of Ontario with high speed rail system. Make it easier to get from city to city. This will get people out of their cars and alleviate traffic on our highways.
Cities should also be connecting their own transit systems to make travel easier to get from city to city and to our rural communities.
Montréal, Vancouver and Victoria impose 3¢/L, 17¢/L and 3.5¢/L municipal excise taxes on gasoline, respectively, to fund public transit. This results in more compact land use (resulting in lower cost to provide government services), makes active transportation and public transit more competitive, reduce the pressure to use fares, sales, income or property taxes to fund transportation, and reduce air and noise pollution ...more »