For the benefit of readers and those working on various election campaigns:
Since the municipal campaign began earlier this year, I have been approached by a few candidates and/or by their organizations for my thoughts on transit issues. All of this has been on a pro bono basis. I am not working for any of the campaigns, nor do I intend to take up that role. My aim is to improve the quality and “literacy” of discussions about transit issues. Whether the candidates or their teams agree or incorporate my thoughts is their own matter.
It is far to early in the campaign to even think about endorsements, and if I make any, this will be much closer to voting day when the candidates and their platforms have been tested by several months of campaigns and scrutiny. The readership here is not huge, and the idea that I could sway a significant voting block is laughable. My personal voting preferences will be based on more than just the transit file, but this site is not a place for discussion of issues from municipal portfolios beyond transportation.
As transit issues develop in the campaign, I will write about them here, although I do not intend to rehash the entire Scarborough subway/LRT debate beyond clarifications or challenges to misleading information. Frankly there are more important matters to talk about, and a pro-transit candidate should not make this the sole plank of their platform however they stand on the question.
My door, so to speak, is open to those who want to talk about transit, although I suspect certain candidates won’t be calling.