Road tolls provide more than just a funding tool to build transit. Road pricing also reduces congestion. It creates incentives to carpool or take transit. Pricing is essential to allocating scarce road resources efficiently and affordably. Instead of being honest with people about the need for funding solutions, however, politicians at Queen's Park have poured cold water on Toronto's plan to pay for transit.
We're not talking about toney residential enclaves, gleaming office towers, retail districts, industrial parks or condominium
Metrolinx argues that congestion has led to overly long commute times, imposing a large burden of cost on people and businesses in the GTA. It proposes a variety of transit infrastructure plans over the coming decades. For a variety of reasons, these plans simply will not work.
Ontario has followed the same basic transportation strategy for decades. We build more roads, traffic congestion increases