Toronto Transit Story

On the state of the TTC and future of transit in Toronto

Last month the My City Lives crew approached me and a some other folks from Toronto publications to give our thoughts about the state of the TTC and the future of transit planning in Toronto. It was a fascinating project to contribute to, and the resulting video should prove a good entrance point to further discourse about where transit should be heading in this city.

Of the points made below, one that particularly registered with me upon watching the finished product is David Topping's argument that the conversation about transit in this city needs to be reframed. Instead of thinking about various users — i.e. the cyclist, the public transit rider, and the driver — as competing players in a system built to favour one group over another, we should work towards an understanding of transit in Toronto "as an integrated system in which all the parts work together."

That's easier said than done, of course, but getting there starts with the dialogue that we have about the subject.


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