Friday, March 30, 2012

How walkable is your city? - Your Community

How walkable is your city? - Your Community: "Toronto residents would swap greater square footage and a large backyard for ease of walking, biking or taking public transit to a nearby grocery store or park, a recent report reveals."

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Oil industry trolls pretend to be "common" people.

How Rob Ford failed Etobicoke North (his own riding): "The Fords need to be very careful. If there were ever a critical examination of their records beyond this issue of transit in this area, you would arguably find a parallel neglect and lack of understanding and support for those who helped assist in his attaining power."

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Congestion pricing and the Lexus Lane

Free Public Transit: Congestion pricing and the Lexus Lane: "Now the taxpayer is running out of money. So what to do? Privatize the road system. That is why you are hearing more about "congestion pricing" aka "road pricing". States will have to agree to road-price to get a few pathetic crumbs for public transit."

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Make NO mistake. It is all about #oil and #tarsands. NOT subways.

Oil-troll mayor of Toronto kept pretty quiet during debate over "subways" [virtual subways] and light rail. Why? because he is not "for" subways, just using the promise of subways to confuse people that he is for transit of any kind.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Subway promises are a hoax

In Scarberia, it’s LRT all the way | NOW Magazine: "The Ford administration hasn’t been able to make a business case for a Sheppard subway extension from Don Mills to the Scarborough Town Centre. To start, there’s the $1 billion the mayor’s transit point man, Gordon Chong, couldn’t find from private donors."

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Toronto Mayor listening to #tarsands money, not the "people."

LRT best option for Sheppard Avenue, advisory panel concludes - The Globe and Mail: "The report goes beyond endorsing light-rail on Sheppard Avenue East. According to a draft of the recommendations stamped confidential and obtained by The Globe and Mail, the panel also urges council to take a serious look at new revenue tools to pay for future transit expansion, in concert with the province’s transportation authority for the Greater Toronto Area."

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Come out to drop flyers because Scarborough deserves Rapid Transit Now!

Come out to drop flyers because Scarborough deserves Rapid Transit Now!: "The future of public transit in Scarborough is at stake. Now is the time to act! Please join TTCriders this Sunday afternoon to drop information flyers because Scarborough deserves Rapid Transit Now!

When: Sunday March 18. Noon - 3:00pm
Meet at: Eglinton Avenue and Bellamy Road (At the Go Station on the South side of Eglinton Avenue East) Map

(We'll have the flyers and map ready for you. All you have to do is just show up!)

TTC:
From Kennedy Station: Take the 86 Eglinton Ave East Bus (just for 10 minutes)

See you and don't forget to bring your friends!

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The City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday March 21 to vote on a public transit expansion plan for Scarborough. This vote determines how long residents of Scarborough will remain stuck on buses. The choice could not be simpler: a Light Rapid Transit (LRT) line that is fully funded and can be finished in 4 years, or the promise of subways without a plan, without any money, which will guarantee that people will be stuck on crowded buses for decades to come.

To learn more, please visit www.ttcriders.ca"

Saturday, March 10, 2012

#Tarsands trolls advocating subways - virtual subways

It is getting harder and harder to be an oil-industry troll. They try every way possible to stop people from demanding more and better public transit. The latest scam is to oppose real transit with virtual transit. What is real transit? Transit that is affordable, budgeted. What is virtual transit? It is transit that is not affordable, not budgeted.

Why do they want subways? Harper has accidentally told the truth. To send poor people underground, so that cars can continue in the sunlight. Cars choke the economy, causing clots in the bloodstream of commerce. They dump carbon into the air and cause wars over energy. But oil trolls don't care. Their job is to sow uncertainty, confusion, and fear so oil profits will continue to flow.
Harper weighs in on Toronto transit debate: He prefers subways - The Globe and Mail: "“I prefer when I want to use public transit to go underground, unimpeded ... and when I want to use my car I prefer not to be running in to LRTs and streetcars,” Mr. Harper said"

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Oil trolls getting clever. Using ephemeral promise of subway to kill actual promise of light rail

Queen’s Park Watch: Provincial Pols Pick Sides in Transit Wars | politics | Torontoist: "The get-together was essentially meaningless, since the only time anyone’s hinted that Finch might get a subway was an off-the-cuff remark by Mayor Rob Ford back in March of last year, when he promised underground transit within a decade to replace the light rail line he had just killed. Since then there’s been no discussion of, let alone planning for, the funding or building of the thing."

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