This morning, Premier McGuinty announced that, with the generous assistance of our friends in Ottawa, we are about to see a boom in transit spending. On parking lots.
About $175-million will go to expanded parking at 12 GO Transit sites, half of which will receive parking structures. This marks a reversal from the “we won’t build structures because they’re too expensive” policy of many years. Moreover, it does nothing to address capacity on trains nor on the local transit systems that many GO riders use to reach those trains.
Metrolinx may be working on a regional plan, but this announcement sounds like an echo of the days when commuting meant driving to a parking lot. Yes, we can build it quickly, but is this what we should be doing with transit infrastructure dollars.
Lurking down at the end of the announcement, almost as an afterthought, is $75.5-million for the Hamilton Junction grade separation.
It appears that the cost of these projects will be shared 50/50 by both governments.