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You Can’t Get There from Here Solution: An Integrated Public Transportation System for SW Ontario
An Integrated Transportation System could meet our needs: • as individuals • as communities • as an economic structure • By linking transportation within and between regions.
Telling Our Stories Student Medical Needs Jerry Smith is a student at Wilfrid Laurier University. His home is in London Ontario . He travels to and Bob requires specialized medical care. It is only available in Toronto, and only at certain times of day, usually in the morning. Neither Bob nor Liz want to face heavy traffic or bad weather driving. Enable Public Transportation to access health services. From school by train. Enable Public Transportation for students.
Telling Our Stories Senior Senior Margeurite is working part-time. She is able to work from her home in Brussels, but needs Elizabeth is retired and does not drive. She is able to live in her community and still be the caregiver for her mother in Toronto to go to her head office in Toronto for morning meetings. She also uses train service to visit her children in Oshawa and Burlington. Enable public transportation for work and for family visits. using train service from Stratford. Enable public transportation for seniors, family care and visits.
Telling Our Stories Employment Opportunities Employment Opportunites Stratford has been Jennifer’s community since 1987. Friends and aging family members are Darren works in corporate technology as a director of research. He is able to work from home in part, but needs to be in Toronto at the there. She works from home but is required to be at the head office in Toronto 2-3 days/week. She does not wish to drive and has commuted successfully to Toronto using the train. Enable Public Transportation for commuting to work. head office on a weekly basis. He has commuted by train for years, continuing his work while on the train. Enable Public Transportation for commuting to work.
Let’s have a conversation.Let’s talk about enabling: • seniors, students, commuters, and those needing to get to specialized medical centres, to reach their destinations • access to digital centres for Web 3.0 talent pool • transportation of produce and manufactured goods • transit-oriented development (TOD) • all Canadians access to our cultural and natural treasures. An integrated transportation plan could do this and more.
AMTRAK Story • Board of Directors appointed by President, confirmed by Senate • Connects more than 500 destinations in 46 states and 3 Canadian provinces • Third of ridership in North Eastern Corridor (N.Y. to Boston) • Also operates bus service, “Thruway Motor Coach”, connections to train routes and all large airports • Amtrak subsidized by Government; 3% Federal Transportation Budget • Established as for-profit corporation 1971: Fare-box recovery 2010: 79% • Amtrak President: no intercity passenger rail system in the world operates at a profit. • Service improvements and extensions in the NEC have generated new ridership and economic development, and have helped to build the basic infrastructure for significant Transit Oriented Development.
The French Story • Central government of France created regional councils to participate in national transportation planning and implementation • Responsibility for overall linkage and development of high speed train remains the responsibility of the central government • Each region responsible for : identification of regional needs ; means of satisfying those needs; defining links to the overall system • Central government funds local regions to issue contracts to meet defined needs. • Support from central government increased over the past 15 years (1997-2010) • Passenger kilometres travelled have increased by 46% reducing overall costs. • The French National Railway Corporation now operates at a net profit of 3.4%
Join the Conversation • Build a Regional Transportation Conversation: Create a Vision for Integrated Public Transportation. • Lend your voice as an individual • Lend your voice as a group • Nominate a member from your organization to join a SW Ontario transportation working group which will: • continue resource and information gathering • promote an Integrated Public Transportation System for SW Ontario • initiate a national dialogue, linking with other regions.
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