Do they think Canadians love freezing their knockers off on a street corner waiting to transfer to a bus or above-ground train?
Do they think Canadians love freezing our knockers off on a street corner waiting to transfer to a bus or above-ground train?

I’m becoming increasingly more convinced that our Mayor John Tory and City Council are out of their minds, loony, smoking bad oregano, out-of-touch with reality, inhaling too much carbon monoxide from cars or are just plain stupid. The City of Toronto recently tore down the Scarborough Light Rapid Transit Line (built by my former employer, EllisDon, in the 1970s) because it was a bad idea in the first place. Previously, they tore down the section of the Gardiner Expressway east of Jarvis Street, and now they’re proposing to re-build it in a scheme costing nearly one billion dollars? They’re proposing above-ground transit lines on city streets that are already so choked with traffic no one can get anywhere. Last week I read that The City of Mississauga is building a one billion dollar above-ground transit line to run up Hurontario Street. That should delight drivers. Obviously our enlightened leaders are not reading my blogs (see Stop studying and start building already and Gardiner Expressway problem solved) as they obviously haven’t learned a thing.

Riding a subway beneath nasty weather and traffic jams is my idea of convenient public transit.
Riding the subway, oblivious to nasty weather and traffic jams is my idea of convenient public transit.

Numerous studies have been done over the years to understand and solve Toronto’s transit nightmare and we’re still dilly-dallying. Has anyone ever consulted transit users? Asked us what we prefer? What would work for us? In case anyone is listening, I would use my car much less often if I had viable options in public transit—in fact I would prefer to travel about the GTA while reading my book instead of seething in traffic jams. But, one thing I am absolutely sure of is that I do not want to be constantly switching from above-ground modes of transportation to below-ground trains. Bury everything. Subways are the best way to get around. Just look at Paris, London or other world-class cities. Cities that are much older than Toronto  understood the need for subways more than one hundred years ago while our politicians are still fiddling with band-aid solutions that are doomed to waste our money and be torn down in twenty years.

smart thinkingLord thunderin’ Jeezus. Can’t they do it right the first time and stop the insanity? Forward my blog to your Mayor, City Councillor, MPP, Premier, whoever you think might have a smidge of common sense and get our transit on a smart track, preferably one that is underground—once and for all. If they can’t get it right, ask the private sector for a P3 proposal. They’ll git ‘er done and done right. This is wearing me down.


Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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