Transit planning must trump politics
In an op-ed in the Toronto Star, President and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Carol Wilding, speaks to recent challenges in keeping The Big Move on track. Wilding is responding to the recent decision by Toronto City Council to reverse its agreement with Metrolinx in order to explore replacing the Scarborough LRT project with a subway extension. She argues that reopening signed agreements will hinder Metrolinx in it’s ability to deliver projects on time, while remaining accountable for taxpayer dollars.
Citing regional transportation models such as Paris, Chicago, Vancouver and Hong Kong, Wilding suggests that this is politics, not sound transit planning, swaying long-term infrastructure projects. With the cost of congestion estimated between $7.5 billion to $11 billion in Toronto alone, the region continues to fall behind it’s competitors in developing a regional rapid transit system. “We must break the political gridlock that continually interrupts the planning and building of improved transportation infrastructure,” says Wilding.
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