On July 12, the Toronto City Summit Alliance (TCSA) held a round table at Wychwood Barns to discuss their recently published paper on transit funding. Please refer to my first article on this topic for details.
The round table added nothing to what we already know on this subject, but did provide insight into public policy debate here in the GTA. Although this was officially a TCSA event, it was clearly at the service of Metrolinx who had a strong presence. Rob Prichard, Metrolinx CEO, gave opening remarks. As I have already noted, John Brodhead, Metrolinx VP of Strategy & Communications, co-chaired the working group behind the TCSA paper. Other Metrolinx staff were scattered through the crowd, some as facilitators at tables.
Invited participants included activists of varied backgrounds, a few politicians, professionals from government and industry, representatives from various business groups, a few from the media, and others from the collection of “usual suspects” one sees at this type of gathering. The idea, the hope, was that the collected wisdom of this group might inform future debate and recommendations about how to proceed.