Tag Archives: transit

Rail or Road

I’ve been listening to some really smart people talk about the future of cities in the past few weeks.  Although they all treat different themes from different perspectives, they are pretty consistent about how badly we anticipated today’s needs back when there was still time to lay out our cities differently.  Underlying their scolding is…
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streetcars saving time on king

I only have time for a quick note on the King Street Pilot, which prioritizes streetcars on the busiest surface route in Canada’s biggest city. Perhaps I’d have more time to comment if I spent less time in transit.  We all spend too long getting from place to place in Toronto. So it may have…
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The King Street Pilot as relief line?

Giving credit where it’s due, I’d like to commend Mayor Tory for prioritizing streetcars in the area covered by the King Street Pilot. There, I’ve done it.  Now come the caveats. It’s too little and too late.  And it was neither his idea, nor even his preference, I suspect.  The most I can say with…
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P3’s – Better well hung than ill wed

Ontario’s Auditor General is calling attention to the general failure of public private partnerships.  Intuitively we’ve known about this for a long time. Every P3 mega deal seems to go awry.  The MaRS bailout is only the latest and by no means the most embarrassing.  Highway 407 is Ontario’s favourite example. Developed first  by Liberal…
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