Reduce Private Transportation and Invest in Public Transit


A recent article published by Scientific America discovered that if cities where to invest towards public transportation and other alternatives it could greatly reduce the amount of carbon emissions produced by urban passenger transport. In Toronto an estimated 2,838,506  tonnes of Green House Gases (GHG) are produced by passenger vehicles. The article goes in depth and analyses both the investment and savings this will create towards cities. More importantly, the article examines the massive growth of cities and the car is linked to inequality.

I highly recommend you read the article to learn more information on urban sustainability.

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Photo by: Stefan Georgi




Rob Ford and Transit


Rob Ford

I find it hilarious that the first thing Rob Ford did when he got into office was to axe Transit City. As those of you that may of not know, Transit City was a plan to provide public transportation through the means of both Light Rail Transit and improving Streetcar lines. It was also supposed to provide Bus Rapid Transit system to certain routes. This plan would have been completed by 2020. It would have help lessen some of the transit woes most of us are facing at the moment in Toronto.However, this plan was cancelled shortly after Rob Ford got into office. Not sure of the reason, but some stated it was show how much Ford disliked the idea of the transit plan. Rob Ford’s brand new transit plan is not feasible since it cost more to build, develop, maintain, and not all routes would it be ideal or solve the issue by placing a subway.

Picture by: Andrew Louis

Read more: Rob Ford to ‘bore’ his subway plan through ‘until the cows come home’
Read more: Transit City cancellation to cost $65M
Read more: Light Rail Transit (LRT) FAQs

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