Posts Tagged ‘parking’

On a special September 30, 2014 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I interviewed Waterloo mayoral candidate, Erika Traub.

I extended her an invitation after hearing her on 570 News the previous Friday morning, as she stood out from the other candidates in saying that dealing with homelessness was her number one priority and she explicitly advocated private sector solutions instead of resorting to the usual deflection offered by most politicians of studies and government intervention.

For affordable housing, she described some interesting solutions, advocating local government reducing burdensome parking requirements and reducing development charges.

Election day is October 27, 2014.

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You don’t learn this in the publicly-funded educational system.

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English: GO Transit 8010 at Plat2008-09-13form...

The Drummond Report contained this GO Transit recommendation:

GO Transit does not charge for the use of its parking facilities and though it may seem trivial, Drummond points to that cost of providing parking spaces is considerable. The report recommends being charg[ed] for parking at GO Transit parking lots.

But what about eliminating all commercially viable GO Transit routes, entirely? I understand that this province is more than a political unit, and I like it that way. Therefore, I don’t personally have a problem with my tax dollars going to connect the densely populated areas to some of the least densely populated areas in the name of provincial unity, but is it any wonder that Greyhound threatened to, and did, terminate unprofitable routes?

Indeed, some of them were unprofitable, because, like in most industries, executive compensation wasn’t up for negotiation, and cost savings had to be found elsewhere. Plus, the compounding debt as a result of our fundamentally unsustainable compound interest-based monetary system.

To me, it’s ridiculous that Ontario taxpayers are paying to undercut commercially viable routes and transportation companies operating between high volume urban centers like Waterloo Region and Mississauga, and if Drummond was really serious about “sweeping public transit reform,” he’d call for the scrapping of all commercially viable GO Transit routes.

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