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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Friday, October 24, 2014

Are pro-transit candidates telling the truth? Or are they just pandering? #topoli #cdnpoli

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hamilton - free public transit for seniors could reduce carbon emission by 1M tonnes

the spec: "Seniors using free transit for one in 10 of their journeys might reduce car use in Ontario by a whopping 2.25 billion miles per year, reducing carbon emissions by almost one million tonnes. Every senior couple that free transit allows to take one car off the road reduces annual CO2 emissions by around 3.5 tonnes. Congestion on local roads and highways might be reduced by 1.5 per cent, further reducing emissions and enabling working people, business transport and goods to move more efficiently, improving productivity, and supporting the vibrant business environment our province strives to encourage.

Studies indicate that as we age our cognitive abilities and response times deteriorate resulting in higher levels of injuries, claims and consequent concerns for senior drivers, their families and traffic authorities. This is an emotionally charged subject we are loath to address for fear of offending parents or potential voters. Free transit for seniors would alleviate that by providing a dignified and affordable alternative to driving."