Friday, November 20, 2015

Toronto suffers from decades of #publictransit neglect "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."