In a recent story mayoral candidate Sarah Thompson has boldly declared she wants a road toll on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway to pay for a significantly expanded subway system.
Well everyone in Toronto is up in arms about this whole idea. They seem to think it is another attack on their beloved car. And maybe their initial reactions are garnered.
I tend to agree with the proposal but not for the reasons outlined. I think that if Ms. Thompson spun her proposal just a little, she may get a lot more support from Torontonians.
I have been talking about this for years, even though I am more of a conservative thinker. In my opinion, many people from the 905 and outside the GTA use these expressways to come into Toronto for work. This includes many of the unionized municipal workers (TTC and Garbage Collectors) who’s inflated salaries Torontonians pay. These people then return to their homes in Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville or Milton or some other municipality to which they pay taxes. I am of the opinion that if you work and earn a living in this city, you should leave some of the money here. If they want to use our roads to get to work they should pay for it. If they left their car at home and used the transit system, they would be contributing to the city with their fare purchase.
It seems like a no brainer to me. Work in Toronto, pay in Toronto. It’s a road tax, not a road toll.