If you don't want to read all that, here is the story's lede:
The stimulus train rolled into Greater Toronto on Tuesday, as the federal and provincial governments announced they will pump about $500 million into transit projects, most notably by building parking lots at 12 commuter rail stations around the GTA.Can Ottawa expect some sort of similar, if smaller-scale, announcement?
Toronto has been and always will be considered the Centre of the Universe.
Ottawa has usually been stuck to do things on its own.
If some kind of announcement comes out, I'd be really surprised.
if we don't push for the funding to make things better, we're not going to get any.
Here are the FCM tabulated major transit submissions, accounting for 93% of all submitted transit projects.
According to FCM, Ottawa distinguishes itself as having the smallest request for federal transit funding of all major municipalities. Ottawa's request of $0.2 billion needs to be compared to Brampton (half Ottawa's population) asking for $1.7 billion; Calgary is asking $2.0 billion,Edmonton is asking $2.2 billion and Toronto is asking for $2.5 billion.
Yes, we know how to ask big in Ottawa.
This...must needs be remedied.
First of all, you need a plan before you can apply for funding. How many plans has Ottawa gone through in the past few years? Because we've not been able to get our act together, we've not been able to get the funding.
Also, there is a huge difference in population. GO Transit carries 205,000 a day, TTC carries 1.5 million a day (that's more than the population of this entire region). That's why they get the funding.
To answer the question: no. This is Ottawa, not Ontario.
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