2017-01-02 Mon

Why Toronto Doesn’t Work

A CBC news article carries the two contradictory statements:-

“It would be great if we could tunnel but what we have been told consistently is that ship has sailed ... like decades ago," Robinson said.”

And

“Is it possible? Yes. Is it something councillors are interested in pursuing? Not right now.”

And that is the reason why, for the past thirty five years at least, Toronto has been spinning its wheels.

No matter what is proposed “We can’t do it right now” and “We should have done it years ago” are the two stock responses.

Basically, Toronto City Councillors don’t use their brains.

Why Toronto Doesn’t Work

Another reason why Toronto doesn’t work – the sheer lethargy of management.

In this article we learn that “Toronto transit riders living close to the poverty line could start paying about $1 less per ride starting in 2018 ...”

Now given that the news item appeared in 2016 (OK, OK, 15th December 2016) you might wonder why it takes over a year to implement a scheme by Toronto City for use on Toronto City Public Transit.

“At the 2017 fare levels announced by the TTC in November, a single adult fare with the discount applied would be about $2, while a monthly pass would drop to about $116.” Whereas I can buy a five-zone monthly Navigo pass for the Ilê de France Transilien system that covers an area roughly equal to a semi-circle centred on Toronto and arcing from Kitchener-Waterloo through Orillia and back to Cobourg. For about $110.

Then “While the program would begin in 2018 — provided there's funding for it — it will take until 2020 for all low-income residents to be eligible.”

That is, it is not yet a done deal. We also have to get the funding for it.

Duh!

It isn’t going to happen.

What would work is Fully Funded Public Transit – not Free Transit, because nothing is truly free. Bus drivers need to be paid.

Fully Funded Public Transit does away with the entire fare sub-system, ticket sellers, kiosks, turn-styles and turn-style maintenance teams, token and ticket production, cash ferrying services, and so on.

My first guess is that elimination of the Fares subsystem would produce about $100,000,000 in savings immediately, and continue like that each year.

We already use Fully Funded Public sidewalks and Fully Funded Public streets and Fully Funded Public police officers and Fully Funded Public libraries and Fully Funded Public parks.

Why not make public transit just like the rest?

Please take a moment to download and read my file Fully Funded Public Transit .