The Ottawa Transit Riders is a non-partisan group advocating for better public transit. We support measures to reduce fares. We support measures to provide operational funding so that local transit providers can offer good, reliable service.
As Ontario voters consider their options for the provincial election on June 2nd, we have reviewed the platforms of several parties regarding transit.
Politicians love providing capital funding for projects because they can cut ribbons and declare something accomplished, but capital funding is of limited use if cities cannot afford to run their expanding systems.
Likewise, short-term cash infusions are nice, but they don’t allow companies to make long-term plans.
Let’s look at the transit proposals from the NDP.
The NDP platform includes a commitment to restore provincial funding for municipal public transit and paratransit systems to 50% of their net operating costs.
The NDP is promising to eliminate private-public partnerships (P3s).
They are also planning to support several specific inter-city transportation routes – an equity issues, especially in rural Ontario. It is appalling that people who don’t have access to cars have fewer transportation options in 2022 than in previous decades.
Details can be found here on the NDP website: BETTER PUBLIC AND INTERCITY TRANSIT