Anne Golden, the first speaker in the new SFU City Program series, “Rethinking Transportation,” supported by TransLink and other community partners, referenced Six Hard Truths about Transit.
Here they are, taken from the op-ed she and Paul Bedford wrote for the Toronto Star:
The following six hard truths add clarity to the debate:
1) Subways are not the only good form of transit. What matters is matching the right transit mode and technology to the proposed route to avoid wasting scarce capital, reducing funds for other projects, and creating burdensome debt.
2) Transit does not automatically drive development. To be successful and affordable, transit routes must connect with current and anticipated employment.
3) The cost of building the transit is not the main expense. Life-cycle operating and maintenance costs are a major portion and must be included in the analysis leading to decisions.
4) Transit riders are not the only beneficiaries of new transit infrastructure. An integrated regional transit network benefits everyone — more choice, more job opportunities and more personal time.
5) Transit expansion in the region is not at a standstill. There is $16 billion worth of transit construction now in progress throughout the GTHA.
6) We can’t pay for the regionwide transit we need by cutting waste in government alone. New revenue sources are required.