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Thursday, February 9, 2012

The City of Toronto, the TTC and the subway dilemma

I listened to Adam Vaughan call in CFRB and debate Jerry Agar after yesterday’s City Council subway vote. He defended the TTC’s current strategy of having a few subway lines and a network of surface vehicles feeding them. I also listened to Karen Stintz defend her vote on AM 640 with John Oakley and she left the impression of being incompetent to lead the TTC.

The current strategy hasn’t worked very well for the city. It makes for incredibly long travel times if you are not right on the subway line. This city needs a subway NETWORK. Rob Ford is right in his long term vision for transit. As a matter of fact I think he doesn’t go far enough on this. Subway building should be an on-going project, say four or five stations every year on current and new lines. That’s how it’s done all over the world in all major developed cities. Our system is still stuck in the sixties.

I have to be honest that I’m getting very tired of this not-invented-here syndrome when it comes to traffic and transit management and planning in this province.

By the way, it’s funny how the left in this city claims (Adam Vaughan words) that building subways is a burden for future residents of this city, but hiring thousands of people to create a web of social programs is an “investment in our future”.

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