Is there a plan for the city of Toronto?
Or is it just “steady as she goes,” and Torontonians are expected to take it as it comes?
Roads, highways, public transit, and construction are all in absolute chaos, and the following video shows that there’s never going to be a long term solution…
I say that there is “no long term solution” in reference to this video, because Jarvis Street has gone through a constant makeover during the past few years.
First, we had five lanes, with the centre lane going south or north depending on traffic flow.
Second, we had four lanes, with two bike lanes on each side.
Third, we went back to five lanes, with the flexible centre lane.
And now, we are down to one southbound lane from Gerrard to Shuter.
I know that the right-hand turn lane I showed in my video is only “temporary” due to the condominium being constructed, but it’s going to be 18-24 months of construction, so I don’t really think that can be called “temporary.”
This bothers me, not necessarily because I drive this road every day, but because it shows that there is no long-term view for the roads, or for traffic flow. The fact that Jarvis Street can be remade every couple of years depending on the political agenda of the mayor, and which developer is building which condo, further proves that the decision-makers are changing their minds daily.
Toronto is an absolute mess right now. Combine the awful roads, inadequate highways, squabbling over TTC projects, and constant construction on the roads, highways, and streetcar tracks themselves. Then throw in road closures for condo developers, and it’s amazing we can get around at all.
There are three major road closures in the downtown core right now that, on their own, would be a massive headache. But all three at the SAME TIME is making traffic a nightmare:
1) King & Spadina is closed for two weeks (meaning one month).
2) Richmond Street is closed in between Bay & University.
3) The eastbound Gardiner Expressway, between Jarvis & DVP, is down to two lanes from three.
So I have six questions on my mind, which I don’t have answers for; just statements. I find these questions to be both rhetorical in nature, and yet impossible to answer at the same time…
1) Will we build more subways and/or LRT’s, and if so, when?
If somebody had said, six years ago, “They won’t have a shovel in the ground in 2013,” you’d think they were kidding. But here we are, and city council is still arguing, with no end in site.
2) What is Metrolinx, and why do we need them?
262 Metrolinx employees were on the “Sunshine List” in 2012, which was up 50% from 2011…
3) Are we ever going to talk about tearing down the Gardiner Expressway again, or can we all admit that’s just insane?
Okay, I guess that question had an opinion in it as well…
4) Is there a future for BIXI, or another program?
Torontonians seem to be split 50/50 on that one.
5) Should Billy Bishop Airport be allowed to expand operations?
Will this further congest Toronto? Do we have the infrastructure to support it?
6) What, if anything, could be done in Toronto to reduce traffic congestion, inprove public transit, increase highways, and reduce the amount of construction needed on roads?
That last one’s a doozie.
I guess I’m just wondering if it only gets worse from here on out?
Do we have the money, people, and skill to improve the city’s infrastructure? I’d like to think so.
So is it really the fault of 50-something bumbling morons at City Hall, or is there more to this?
Do we have a plan?
I’m beginning to think we don’t. I’m beginning to think that it’s like Groundhog’s Day, or Memento, and every single day, we start over…