Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak says he's going to fix gridlock in the GTA and he's prepared to privatize the public transit system if that's what it takes.
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Progressive conservative party leader Tim Hudak said that privatizing the TTC might be Toronto’s best solution in its current transit woes. He points to the privatization of 6 out of 7 lines of GO Transit and the increased efficiency of service that ensued. He says that this move, along with the reduction of taxes will create over 8000 jobs in the province. He plans to offer the TTC contract to Bombardier, current operator for the private GO lines, and to encourage private sector and pension investment in the system.
I thought this was interesting article because it shows how provincial level politics can be intimately connected with the day-to-day life of a city. Millions of Torontonians rely on the TTC and if this is well received by the public, it could seriously improve Hudak’s chances in the upcoming provincial election. In other cities privatization of transit has seen mixed results, some being immensely beneficial; others causing nightmare scenarios. Toronto’s investment in the TTC is a significant one, and the TTC’s infrastructure is instrumental in the planning of Toronto. Who knows what a private company will do in the name of profit?