Metrolinx, the regional transportation planning agency for the Greater Toronto Area, has revealed a draft Regional Transportation Plan for transportation in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. Subways! Streetcar lines! Freight! Roads! Trains! Bikeways! Fifty billion dollars’ worth over 25 years!
Knowing Torontonians, we will talk this thing to death and then never implement half of it, as funding gets kicked around by successive governments. But I hope we get moving on this. We need to improve things. If the census statistics I saw last week were accurate, we added a million people since 2000! (No wonder the subway always seems crowded.)
Meh. It’s pretty pie-in-the-sky visionary stuff… but I’m not peeing my pants in excitement until they finally start laying down track for a fixed rail link to the airport.
It’s pretty depressing to think that they’ve been promising to give us train/subway/tram/flying yellow submarine connection to the airport for half my lifetime already, and the closest they’ve come yet is a freakin’ half-assed project plan. Actually, can you call it a project plan if it doesn’t even include a timetable?