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  1. Geez, wont anyone give Ed Drass some headline love? His column is every monday – you can’t miss it.

  2. Why is lack of funds for the TTC always the fault of other levels of government? Some blame should also be directed towards inefficiency at the TTC itself. Cost have been going up far faster than inflation. Projects are always over budget.

    I recent Conference Board of Canada report, shows how Public Transportation has not had any productivity gains this generation(the opposite in fact), compared to large gains seen in other transportation sectors.

  3. Sorry Ed. I’ll be sure to include your column from now own. It seems my Monday morning news scans have been a little thinner than they should be. Thanks to everyone adding relevant links.

  4. Glen, do you realise the TTC runs on one of the lowest subsidies per rider, and gets a higher proportion of its operating expenses from tokens/passes than any other system? I hate it too, but you cannot call that inefficient. Do some research before you repeat something from a talk-radio jock who drives in from the 905.

  5. james, since you couldn’t be bothered reading the second paragraph of my post…….

    The Productivity Performance of Canada’s Transportation Sector: Market Forces and Governance Matter? provides a framework for analyzing the efficiency of passenger and freight transportation.

    Productivity growth for most modes was much higher than the entire business sector over the 1981–2006 period, which in turn has led to lower prices for end users. This performance was largely driven by privatization of Crown corporations, devolution of ports and airports, and price deregulation.

    The public transit sector did not enjoy such gains, as productivity decreased over this period. Although this sector faces special challenges, experience in Europe has shown that introducing competition in the procurement of transit services can improve productivity.