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Great idea, wrong funding model

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Could this be a Toronto bus stop? (image is from London’s transit system)

Howard Moscoe, TTC Chair, has put forth a great idea — install a display for bus arrival times along suburban routes. But with any good idea in Toronto comes a caveat — the only way for the TTC to pay for it is to sell space to advertisers. The City of Toronto has recently received hundreds of millions of dollars for TTC-related projects, yet we have to turn to advertisers to pay for every new feature? Opposition to the subway video screens produced over 400 letters to TTC commissioners. When will our politicians realize that selling off public space only cheapens our city?

Check out the story on the Globe and Mail site.

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