Flip-flops and frenemies: The latest chapter of Toronto transit

Jonathan Kates When Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne kiboshed Toronto City Council’s plan to implement road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway, it was clear to anyone who pays attention to politics why she did it. With her approval ratings in the gutter, and a chance to play the hero for suburban drivers…

Do we have the tools to melt Toronto’s fiscal iceberg?

Lauren Birch Lessons Learned from Peter Wallace, Toronto’s City Manager An engaged crowd of policy wonks and academics gathered on the evening of October 17th at the Munk School of Global Affairs to listen to Toronto’s City Manager Peter Wallace. Hosted each year by the Institute for Municipal Finance & Governance (IMFG), the 5th Annual City Manager’s…

PRESTO: Your Ticket to Ride

Amelia Bredo If you’ve ever experienced another city’s system of public transportation, your return to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) was likely accompanied by mixed emotions. Toronto’s streetcars, buses, and subways are crucial to the city’s operation, but the TTC falls behind other major cities in several key ways, namely in the use of an…

Trudeau’s New Year’s Resolution: Improve Public Transit

Mohamad Yaghi Road works, traffic jams, and long drives – these are all typical everyday experiences urban commuters in major Canadian cities face. Often, many rightly complain that travel to and from work takes a considerable amount of time out of their day, but, contrary to the popular discourse, there have been substantial improvements to…

Where Are We Going? Public Transit and Racial Equity in Toronto

Scarlett Jones Overt institutional racism may no longer be socially acceptable in Canada, as it was during the days of the Chinese head tax, yet it has certainly proven to be persistent. Racial inequities continue to exist along institutional fault lines. For example, there is a disproportionate correlation between race and poverty, with visible minorities…