COVID-19 could end our dependence on cars — if we ‘build back better’

A piecemeal approach to policy is unlikely to untangle the complex systems of land use, physical infrastructure, social habits and political incentives that entrench the dominance of the car, researchers say Governments could capitalize on the growth of telecommuting to promote more car-free lifestyles. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) Cameron Roberts, Carleton University; Andrew Brown, University of … Continue reading COVID-19 could end our dependence on cars — if we ‘build back better’

LETTER: A car-free downtown must include public transit

'Idea of a car-free areas is to encourage residents to try sustainable options such as public transit and non-motorised modes' The following letter was sent to and published in Guelph Today and Guelph Mercury Tribune (Note the Mercury Tribune version was edited down by the newspaper for space.) Dear Editor The term “car free” has … Continue reading LETTER: A car-free downtown must include public transit

Free Transit for Kids and Teens: 4 ways to pay for it (and 2 not so popular ways)

Article by Andrew Donovan In Mayor Cam Guthrie’s State of the City address for 2020, he put forward the idea that in the (near) future, he’d like to see free transit for 18 and under in Guelph. While I’d consider myself a supporter of that vision, I did have questions about how the city would … Continue reading Free Transit for Kids and Teens: 4 ways to pay for it (and 2 not so popular ways)

Editorial: Free public transportation could get cities further

Photo Credit: https://mronline.org/2018/03/10/the-case-for-free-public-transport/ Editorial from The Queens Journal (Queens University, Kingston, Ontario) February, 11th 2020. In order to make public transportation a truly public service, cities across North America should eliminate rider fare.  A recent New York Times article explored the conversation happening in several American cities around waiving fare on public buses. The idea, which is gaining traction … Continue reading Editorial: Free public transportation could get cities further

Electric buses are good, a working transit system is better

This week in GuelphToday.com's Market Squared, Adam Donaldson bursts your bubble. Again. This time about last week's celebratory announcement of electric buses. I approached last Thursday’s funding announcement at Guelph Transit HQ with a higher than normal amount of skepticism, and very little in terms of expectation that the news released there would immediately change … Continue reading Electric buses are good, a working transit system is better