Hard Truths About Transit Financing

Transit shows up now and then among every campaign’s promises, but common to all is a poor understanding of the real needs and costs. Even media veterans who should know their way around the issue fall into the trap of believing the way each party describes the problems.

I will use the TTC as the single largest example of how much money we need to find, but TTC’s problems exist GTA-wide and in other major Ontario cities. The big difference with the TTC is its size and the relatively large amount of off-peak riding it caries. If transit is to be a real alternative in other centres, that’s what they must aim for.

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