Today, January 30, 2013, is the seventh birthday of this site. As I write this, we are in striking distance of 1,400 published articles and 28,000 comments. You readers are a prolific lot, and I thank you for helping to keep the many discussions here alive and interesting.
We have been through The Big Move, my own “Grand Plan” (not to mention Swan Boats), Transit City, MoveOntario, and enough announcements and deferrals to eat through a forest of trees just for the press releases. We have seen Mayors Miller and Ford, the latter still very much on the scene even though his influence may be on the wane.
Thanks to everyone for their kind words over the years. There are transit fans (and I am proudly one), urban aficionados, politicians, transit professionals and the working press who read and enjoy this site (many as lurkers). That diversity of audience is quite gratifying.
When I started the blog in 2006, I was still working as a Data Centre Manager and thought of myself as an “IT guy” who did transit on the side. Now, if someone asks, I’m a transit advocate and a writer, retired from IT and a lot happier.
There is much more in transit’s future which, after many false starts, may finally get underway with proper funding. We will have a Premier who actually knows the transportation portfolio. Within a few years we should have a Mayor who can think about policy in more than three repeated words. I will turn to the issues facing the new government in my next article.
The intricacies of TTC budgeting and operations will continue to be major topics here for the simple reason that Toronto’s is by far the largest transit network in the region, and its funding is so heavily supported by Toronto taxpayers and transit riders. Toronto deserves better, to paraphrase TTC CEO Andy Byford, to be a city we can be proud of. We must aim for what we can do with our transit system, what will make it a real gem, even if affording our aims might be difficult. Great systems, great cities are not built with excuses.
I hope these articles and all of your comments will help make Toronto and its transit network shine!