[Since the Star has hotlinked my site from their article, it might be nice if there was actually some content here for any visitors to read. Hence this piece.]
Today, Queen’s Park announced that GO Transit would fund the construction of a regional terminal at Kipling Station for joint use by GO and Mississauga Transit. Amusingly, this project was not part of MoveOntario, but, like many other bits and pieces, was overlooked in the rush to put together Dalton McGuinty’s transit plan.
Oddly, nobody from the City or TTC was at the announcement even though the new terminal will sit on their land. The TTC design for a new Kipling Station came out late last year, and it’s hardly news. All we were waiting for was funding, and that arrived today. However, Queen’s Park seems only concerned with the regional part of the project and it remains to be seen how the City/TTC portion, which includes redevelopment of some lands at Islington, will fit into everything.Queen’s Park is desperate to get photo-ops for anything related to transit/transportation announcements. By leaving MoveOntario so late in the cycle before the election, and by throwing into the hopper every plan in every transit system’s wish list, they got a great funding announcement, but no shovels in the ground. These things take time.
Now, out of nowhere, we get a terminal at Kipling to open in 2010. Huzzah!! Huzzah!! And we don’t even have to wait for Ottawa to pay for part of it.
Where is funding for other TTC needs including vehicles and reconstruction of interchanges like Victoria Park and Warden? No 905 bus routes in either of those, so no 905-friendly photo op. Sigh.
Looking on the bright side, I am glad to see that this was not an announcement of a subway extension to Mississauga. For a modest investment, we can bring many services in to Kipling and provide better connections, and it should be ready in a few years.
Someday, maybe after the election, Queen’s Park will let the GTTA do the job it was created for rather than running announcements on a whim out of the Cabinet. For now, let’s sit back and watch for the me-too reactions from other parties.