Sunday, October 15, 2006

"Tolls if necessary, but not necessarily tolls"

On October 13, CBC Radio's Metro Morning host Andy Barrie (whom the title quotes) spoke with Rob MacIsaac, outgoing mayor of Burlington and the new head of the GTTA. According to MacIsaac, the GTTA will be responsible for planning transit in the GTA, operating the fare card (a major post on it will come), and will eventually take over the operations of GO Transit. MacIssac admits that the GTTA won't be very powerful at the beginning, but he plans to use the beginning to build bridges between the system. On the subject of tolls, MacIssac believes all options should be on the table. He says "Business as usual isn't working." On the subject of new subway construction, we need more everything." He's in favour of a comprehensive plan, with long term solutions and quick fixes. In words which deserve to be quoted:
"When the subway system was first envisioned, I think that's the kind of thinking we need to re-engage in. We really need to think about building a regional city here, and not be afraid to be bold and visionary about the way people are going to get around..."
I couldn't have said it better myself.

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