Comment 97462

By Keith (anonymous) | Posted February 07, 2014 at 21:59:19 in reply to Comment 97461

The only funding tool that will generate money outside of the GTHA will be the HST increase, and that money will remain in their local municipalities to invest in local transit and transportation projects. That's done to 1) reduce the complexity of introducing an HST to only one part of the province, and 2) ensure the GTHA remains competitive and retailers don't face unfair disadvantages. You should really read over the report before commenting.

In terms of assuming per capita funding, that's a mistake because travel goes over political borders. For instance, the majority of commuters using GO Transit/Union Station are from outside Toronto so "Toronto" would never agree to spending their share to improvements along the rail corridor or in Union Station that doesn't benefit them. Most of the transportation problems that we've had in the region stem from the "us" vs "them" mentality and people like you and many on RTH seem to advocate around. Projects need to move forward on how well they support travel with both a local and regional perspective. Much like a bike network, building in unconnected stages does nothing for commuters and instead we need to ensure that the trunk lines exist first and build from there.

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