October 31, 2017

Toronto motorists losing as progressives wage War on Cars

David MenziesMission Specialist

The progressives say there’s no such thing as a War on the Car as they re-engineer cities.

But just take a look at the increasingly-clogged streets of Toronto.

One quickly realizes that the War on the Car is indeed reality.

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commented 2017-11-01 17:03:55 -0400
Andrew; Can you understand how depressing the picture you paint, is to others? Reminds me of a bus trip from Essouara to Agadir, Morocco I took once. Looks great on TV.
commented 2017-11-01 13:28:15 -0400
- You vote for tax & spend, anti-car, leftist idiots & you get a city that doesn’t work & requires the province & feds to continually bail it out.
commented 2017-11-01 10:55:12 -0400
Traffic is too many cars, by definition. There SHOULD be a war on the car since it’s such an inefficient way of moving people. Toronto has spent decades embracing the car, resulting in the now legendary 401.

Just to highlight the inefficiency, let’s examine this comment by Stephen E:
“During rush hour city busses have dedicated lanes on major streets; the bus lane – which can be empty”

A traffic lane’s typical capacity is a bit under 1000 cars per hour. That’s a car every 4 seconds. In practice it’s a bit lower due to signal timing etc. At typical occupancies of 1.1 pax/car, that means you move 900-1100 people per hour.

A bus holds about 60 people (nominal is about 55, but most run slightly overcrowded due to budget limitations). To move 1100 people per hour, that needs about 18 buses per hour … or one every 3 minutes. At 20kph average speed, that puts you at one bus per linear km of road. Which is to say, the road WOULD look empty, even though that empty lane is moving as many people as the car lane beside it. If you were to fill that bus lane up, you’d have capacity to move tens of thousands of people per hour, very cheaply indeed, since bus lanes require no more than a coat of paint to install.

Light rail does even better – a 2 car train (400pax) every 3 minutes moves 8000/h, and that interval puts vehicles a few hundred metres apart… again looking “empty” but moving as many people as the Gardiner and DVP combined.

With this newfound transport capacity, you now have the space to convert traffic lanes to other uses, improving the pedestrian realm and making the city a better place for people to live in.
commented 2017-10-31 22:49:20 -0400
They voted Libtard over and over again, the chickens are coming home to roost, looks good on them.
commented 2017-10-31 21:22:23 -0400
I thought that’s why Toronto voted Liberal and sold off some of hydro one to solve the problem . Just goes to show how gullible voters can be . I avoid Toronto traffic like the plague . Crazy drivers . I guess all that money went to buy flowers and pots . Isn’t change fun .
commented 2017-10-31 17:24:51 -0400
Toronto is a shit-hole and has been for quite some time. The whole town smells bad, the immigrants are ignorant, traffic is just stupid because most of the foreign inhabitants don’t know the rules of the road and the roads suck as the pot holes are so big they seem to swallow cars and light trucks.

I hope they ban motor vehicles all together then I don’t have to go there.
commented 2017-10-31 15:46:34 -0400
David: did you ever receive your electric car rebate?

I’ve stopped driving into town (Montreal). Everywhere is road work and afterwards traffic flow is not improved – usually just the opposite. Sort of like Toronto. When in Ontario, I never go into Toronto. Sort of like Montreal.

All Montreal does is push “public transport”. Has the mayor ever tried shopping at, say, Ikea or Costco travelling by bus?

During rush hour city busses have dedicated lanes on major streets; the bus lane – which can be empty – reduces traffic to one lane from two. Some streets used to be three lanes, but some genius decided to put in flower pots and redesign the street to make it quaint, so removing a lane which used to be no parking during rush hour.

So the war on the car has me shopping in Laval. Much more car friendly.
commented 2017-10-31 15:10:54 -0400
We should consider sculpting the abandoned freeway supports to look like the Moai of Easter Island. It will really confuse future visitors from another planet because we all know the human race will be extinct from climate change, aka global warming.
commented 2017-10-31 15:10:43 -0400
AND NOT MENTION THE 65% TAX ON GAS