Comment 99256

By JustinJones (registered) - website | Posted March 27, 2014 at 15:23:29 in reply to Comment 99251

I agree, we need roads. No argument there. My argument is that we are using our roads way more than we need to because we haven't been providing people with any viable alternatives. If we rationalize how we spend our resources and give people more transportation options, the payback is very high. The same cannot be said of roads and automotive transport.

As for the Conference Board report, there was some serious issues with how they reported their data. They took all the licensing fees, registration fees etc and lumped that in with "drivers paying their fair share" for the roads, but didn't factor in the costs of actually administering those programs. They also didn't factor in any externalities or ongoing maintenance costs (like snow clearing, which has caused so much hubris at City Council re: the Cannon Street Cycle Track) of our current infrastructure patterns, nor did they take into account that we're facing a multi-billion dollar infrastructure deficit in Ontario already, and current funding levels won't keep up with it.

So that's my response to that.

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