Metrolinx Unveils Shortlist of Revenue Tools for The Big Move

Metrolinx Unveils Shortlist of Revenue Tools for The Big Move

Posted on April 2nd, by Move the GTHA in Civic Engagement, Discussion, Reports & Studies. 1 Comment

On April 2, Metrolinx narrowed down from 25 to 11 its list of proposed investment tools for funding The Big Move, its bold plan for improving transportation in the GTHA. Based on extensive research, as well as stakeholder and public consultation, the proposed tools have been identified and guided by principles of fairness, equity, transparency and accountability. It’s a timely proposal that is well placed to move the public and political dialogue forward.  For more analysis on the shortlist, see John Lorinc’s Spacing article or Tess Kalinowski’s article in The Star.

Over the coming weeks, we look forward to continuing to advance the discussion that will help build a transportation network that will benefit all GTHA residents.

One thought on “Metrolinx Unveils Shortlist of Revenue Tools for The Big Move

  1. I’m not sure that this list which in general offers to tax everybody for the use of the roads by only some of the people will work to reduce gridlock. As well it seems to say that public transit , and its cost, is the only way to reduce gridlock in the GTA. I would prefer a user pay approach and more effective use of the current infrastructure. I would begin by enforcing the ‘keep right except to pass ‘ rules to limit the congestion caused by ‘left lane bandits ‘. I would limit trucks to the right lane on highways as is done in Europe which has resulted in freer traffic flow and no appreciable delivery delays. I would suggest that license sticker fees be based on the weight of the vehicle and the are occupied by said vehicle with very steep increases ( like doubling and tripling ) as weight and area covered increase. Area leads to congestion and weight leads to road wear and tear. As well lighter and smaller vehicles contribute less CO2 and do less damage in accidents( and they can be made safe if you use technology ). To generate revenue I would increase fines for actions that increase congestion and in some cases are anti-social . For example, as they do in New Jersey , fines for blocking the left lane are $300 plus per offence. How about charging the cost of a typical smartphone ( $650) for distracted driving , plus 6 demerit points and actually spending time on enforcement . And how about charging $1000 for a littering offense : who says you have the right to throw your cigarette butt out the window? On the license fees how about having to pay $300-$500/yr to drive your Escalade? Actions taken recently by the City of Toronto to increase fines for stopping in No Stopping zones are to be commended but they should go further. Yes, they are revenue tools and if fact user fees . My point is let’s see what these actions which penalize those who create congestion can do in terms of reducing gridlock and generating revenue and making more effective use of the current already paid-for infrastructure before we try to take money from everybody to support the driving few .

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