I was surprised with how few residents brought up transit during the provincial election. I suspect it is because most Torontonians believe the discussion is so broken they have given up on it. Even as the Eglinton Crosstown construction effects traffic throughout Don Valley North in the morning, people ask me every day when transit construction will begin.
In our Ward we have to re-engage in that discussion. There are many transit-related changes coming to our neighbourhoods. The completed Crosstown will alter bus routes when it opens. Scarborough Transit projects underway will alter ridership projections and change what is proposed for Sheppard Ave. Currently, the Province is planning to take all matters related to transit rail constructions out of our hands.
Why wait for outside forces to invite us to a last-minute consultation? It’s time to start a regular Transit Roundtable for our Ward. From my time as a Transit Commissioner, I could assemble a balanced collection of experts in the field to start arming us with the facts and the options. The roundtable would include a healthy mix of regular transit riders, car drivers and local resident group and business leaders. The transit system, future transit plans and transit construction sites have to work for everyone.