Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cars subsidized by taxpayers in Toronto

Toronto Star : "Parking at 50¢ a shot is a great deal for individual beneficiaries but not so great for the city as it struggles to fund key programs and activities. When the city significantly under-prices parking it also encourages car use at the expense of objectives, such as promoting transit, improving physical fitness from walking and cycling, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

Some motorists will object to any proposal to increase the cost of driving, often asserting they already overpay for roads. While there’s no doubt motorists pay dearly to drive via car payments, insurance, and fuel this hardly justifies subsidizing (and thus hiding) the true cost of driving.

The assertion that motorists overpay for local roads is almost certainly false. For instance, a study, entitled “Whose Roads” by Canada’s Victoria Transport Policy Institute found cyclists and pedestrians — not motorists — overpay for local roads through general taxes. Anecdotally, even though I don’t own a car I pay as much in property taxes, which “fund most of the operating costs of roads,” according to the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario, as my neighbours who own two and three cars."

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

There is a "war on cars," but the cars are winning

TreeHugger: "When Constable Remo Romano hit her with his F150 pickup truck he was going 115 (71MPH) in a 60 km/hr (37 MPH) zone. According to one article, her body was thrown 80 meters."
The "system" (auto-sprawl) is not blamed because too many powerful people are profiting from it. And the individuals can't go to jail -- the labor force would be unstable. So the fault is placed on the victim.



Cars are literally killing us. There is a mild sort of fight back, you know, "complete streets" and such. What we need is a real fight back.



It is time to admit the autosprawl system does not work. How many more will die before you join the campaign for fare-free buses?



Free public transit will break the critical mass of the private auto. Subsidies will then be seen as a burden, not a necessity.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ontario plans massive subsidy for cars disguised as "climate" plan

The Globe and Mail: "$285-million for electric vehicle incentives. These include a rebate of up to $14,000 for every electric vehicle purchased; up to $1,000 to install home charging; taking the provincial portion of the HST off electric vehicle sales; an extra subsidy program for low– and moderate-income households to get older cars off the road and replace them with electric; and free overnight electricity for charging electric vehicles. The province will also build more charging stations at government buildings, including LCBO outlets, and consider making electrical vehicle plug-ins mandatory on all new buildings. The plan sets targets of expanding electric vehicle sales to 5 per cent of all vehicles sold by 2020, up to 12 per cent by 2025, and aiming to get an electric or hybrid vehicle in every multivehicle driveway by 2024, a total of about 1.7 million cars."

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Road tolls -- more bureaucracy -- more contention -- more unintended consequences. Make buses fare-free to solve congestion.

FILE--Traffic jams the Gardiner Expressway in downtown Toronto in this April 8, 2000 photo.

Metro News: "Martin Collier, founder of Transport Futures, warned against only charging non-residents. One of the goals of road pricing is to encourage alternate transportation, he said, and giving Torontonians a free ride could do the opposite.
“It may even induce people inside Toronto to not take transit because traffic on those roads will decrease as people from Whitby and Oshawa choose other routes,” he said."

Friday, November 20, 2015

Toronto suffers from decades of #publictransit neglect

TTCriders.ca: "The TTC needs to be funded, maintained, and expanded.  For decades, various levels of government have let down our beleaguered transit system.  Canada remains the only G7 country without any national transit strategy.  The Progressive Conservatives of the 1990s cut provincial operating funding that has still not been restored by the current governing Liberals.  City Council slashed bus routes, cancelled LRT lines, and reduced service to levels it is only now able to restore.  Even now, fares are set to increase again.

The 90s and 00s were bleak times for the TTC, but there have been signs of improvement over the past few years.  The Eglinton-Crosstown and Finch LRTs will be welcomed, while City Council has restored the service cuts of the previous administration.  GO RER, if implemented wisely, can do wonders for regional commutes. UPX, though underused and overpriced, can easily be made into a useful service if re-imagined as a true public transit line. These are encouraging signs."

Monday, February 23, 2015

Real issue isn’t best transit; it’s who owns the street

Bogota BRT
Toronto Star : "Enrique Penalosa, former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, sees the bus not just as a way to move large numbers of people, but as nothing less than an instrument of democracy. His argument is simple: a bus with, say, 30 passengers is entitled to 30 times as much road space as a car with a single occupant. Hard to disagree with that.
In Toronto, however, the subtext to the transit debate is more a sense of entitlement than the desire for mobility. It’s one thing to assert that we have a right to accessibility, another to insist we “deserve” a subway."



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