From the past to the future: Ontario’s transit needs vision and funding.
Transit planning is complex. Municipalities control the land, but they in turn are creatures of the provincial government. And when transit crosses municipal boundaries we often need a special agency, such as Metrolinx, to take the lead.
Typically, all three levels of government chip in to cover new transit investments, and funding announcements from each level are often timed around elections.
As a result, over the last few years alone, the City of Toronto has seen at least three different transit proposals, and countless votes within City Council. For a full summary of Toronto’s transit woes, read “Rapid Transit in Toronto: a Century of Planning, Progress, Politics and Paralysis” prepared by Edward J. Levy.
Without leadership, the future of transit in Ontario will be more gridlock and long wait times for buses.
Who’s Who in Public Transit
Ontario Ministry of Transportation – responsible for transit planning in Ontario.Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario under theMetrolinx Act, 2006, was created to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
Toronto Transit Commission
Other municipal transit systems