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- Transition to a new fare collection system
- Trying to increase funding and reduce administrative costs
- Convincing its workforce to accept role modernization and revolution
For reasons that are slightly mysterious, there is talk of big changes to transit governance in Ontario. One idea floating about is to upload all transit systems to the province because there are 11 separate transit systems in the GTHA. Which is supposed to sound like chaos, or something.
But one big problem with this governance talk is that regional cooperation and coordination are not the biggest transit problems in the GTHA.
I’m in favour of better regional transit. Where it isn’t entirely absent, what we have is, in many areas, pretty terrible, uneven, and unresponsive. I would like to see service expanded and improved.
But the biggest transit problem we have in the GTHA is inadequate local transit.
Read more from CodeRedTO advisor Tricia Wood, in Torontoist
We’ve gathered some resources for those interested in revenue tools potentially under consideration for the GTHA and future transit funding – send your additions to info@coderedTO.com!
- From the Toronto Board of Trade, The Move Ahead: Funding “The Big Move” (PDF, May 2010)
- From the Mowat Centre, Putting Canada on Track: A Blueprint for a National Transit Framework (PDF, October 2011)
- From the Pembina Institute, Driver’s Choice (April 2012)
- Victoria BC’s LRT project Local Funding Options Technical Report (August 2012)
- From the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario, Constructing Ontario’s Future (PDF, January 2013)
- City of Toronto public consultations, Feeling Congested
- Metrolinx public consultations, Join the Big Conversation
- Los Angeles County’s “Measure R” sales tax to fund transit expansion
Metrolinx is holding consultations to discuss the Big Move and how to fund it – have you had your say? Here is the events list – emphasizing the remaining events. Be sure to check one out if you can!
• January 15 – Oakville: Halton Regional Headquarters, Bronte Room, 6-8pm
• January 19 – Newmarket: Newmarket Community Centre, Room 1, 1-3pm
• January 22 – Mississauga: Erin Meadows Community Centre, 6-8pm
• January 26 – Georgetown: Gellert Community Centre, Kinsmen Hall, 2-4pm
• January 29 – Ajax: Ajax Community Centre, HMS Room, 6-8pm
• February 2 – Brampton: Flower City Seniors Centre Lawn Bowling Club, 1-3pm
• February 5 – North York: North York Central Library, Auditorium, 6-8pm
• February 7 – Oshawa: Jubilee Pavilion Banquet & Conference Centre, 6-8pm
• February 9 – Toronto: Metro Hall, Room 308, 1-3pm
• February 12 – Hamilton: Hamilton Art Gallery, 6-8pm
• February 16 – Dundas: Dundas Town Hall, 1-3pm
• February 19 – Richmond Hill: Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts, Plaza Suite, 6-8pm
#CodeRedTO takes your questions and finds answers! This month: Will TTC Day passes (or Presto Day Passes) still be available after Presto is fully implemented on TTC routes?
We spoke to both the TTC and Metrolinx, and here’s their response:
The availability of a TTC Day Pass is one of the TTC Business Requirements that has been submitted, and accepted, by PRESTO. However, at this time it is under review how the PRESTO system will be able to implement the “group function” of the current TTC day pass. For example, each individual in the “group” may be required to have an individual PRESTO day pass to travel and transfer on the TTC. These sorts of details will be worked out as we move forward with PRESTO through detailed design.
Got a question you can’t find the answer to? Email info@CodeRedTO.com or find us on Twitter at @CodeRedTO!
On June 6th, a representative of CodeRedTO spoke to the Standing Committee on General Government at the Ontario Legislative Building (commonly referred to as Queen’s Park). The committee is studying congestion and gridlock, and also heard presentations from Metrolinx, the TTC, several cities and regions including Toronto and Ottawa, TTCriders, and others. (Click to view the June 4 and June 6 agendas; the full transcript or recording will eventually appear on the committee website here)
We were given 10 minutes to speak, and 5 minutes for questions. On such a deep and often technical topic, this was a very slim timeframe to work with. The decision was made to focus on some simple history and facts, one big idea, and several appendices to include other information that the MPPs may be interested in reading later. (Click to download the full presentation, 2 MB PDF)
The “one big idea” chosen was the idea of a transportation-specific tax, possibly connected to a referendum, using Los Angeles County’s “Measure R” as a template. A 1% increase in the Ontario HST province-wide, dedicated to transit, road, and bike infrastructure, would net about $1.5B per year and should be designed to bring funding back into every community in a consistent and non-partisan way.
Our presentation began with a mention of specific transportation issues in committee members’ ridings, which drew nods from all parties as they clearly understood the funding problems their constituents often face. During the question segment, a representative from each of the PCs, the Liberals, and the NDP expressed their thanks for the engaging and clear presentation. They then asked questions based on either genuine interest or political hobby-horses, depending on one’s preferred party.
Some of the questions that were asked (and which many other presenters were also asked) included:
- What do you think about LRT vs subway? (PC)
- Our response: Toronto is one of the only cities on the planet that uses only buses and subways. [Not said: Streetcars in this question function as buses, in that they are slow and low-capacity compared to the modes in question.] Every other advanced transit system uses a mixture of modes for different situations. We advocate for the right technology in the right place at the right time, and we want better rapid transit options for more residents, sooner. Sometimes that means LRT, sometimes it means subways, sometimes it means neither.
- Did you ask anyone outside Toronto about this tax idea? (Liberal)
- Our response: no, this is not meant as a formal proposal and though we have heard strong messages of support from outside Toronto and Ottawa, this has not been formally measured.
- What do you think about TTC vs Metrolinx construction of LRT lines, that is AFP/P3 vs more TTC control? (NDP)
- That is very far outside our areas of expertise, and while we want more rapid transit sooner, and AFP approaches have worked well in Europe but perhaps less well in North America, we have no opinion on this as we don’t have the expertise.
- Were any other revenue methods considered? (Liberal)
- Yes, in that we think there are many methods to gather revenue that should all be explored and used, rather than sticking to just one revenue generator.
CodeRedTO was happy to be able to present, and we mentioned in our presentation and reiterate here that we receive no funding or talking points from any political party, group, or elected individuals. We are happy to bring presentations of varying lengths about light rail, about transit expansion, about the pros and cons of various technologies and designs, to any public meeting should an MPP (or anyone!) like to invite us.
A friend of #CodeRedTO, @HiMYSYeD, kindle recorded much of our transit information session on May 3rd at the Agincourt Library near Sheppard and Kennedy. Not everything was captured so be sure to join us at a future event!
Part 1: Introductions, rules for fairness (0-6 mins), How Did We Get Here (6-16 mins) (Total: 16:56)
Part 2: Presentation on Light Rail for Sheppard and around the world, from TTC’s David Nagler (Total: 24:02)
Part 3: Vehicle comparison, Roadway comparison, Left Turns, Vehicle Speeds, Overall Travel Time
(no video – slides downloadable in a previous post)
Part 4: Real Travel Time Example, plus Costs Comparison (Total: 5:12)
Part 5: What is being built, when, and common concerns
(no video- slides downloadable in a previous post)
CodeRedTO was invited to attend a recent town hall meeting hosted by Scarborough Member of Parliament Dan Harris regarding the push for a National Public Transit Strategy. Presenters included Harris, fellow MP Olivia Chow, Toronto Councillor Janet Davis, and Joe Drew and Cameron MacLeod of CodeRedTO.
As the event was related to public transit and being held in Toronto, we were invited to provide the facts about Toronto’s current transit expansion (including costs and funding), and to discuss the history of transit expansion in the city. Councillor Davis presented on the history of the TTC and the history of transit funding in Ontario.