Comment 116772

By StephenBarath (registered) | Posted March 03, 2016 at 15:26:40 in reply to Comment 116746

“You just can't have 90-95% of a city's surface transport system be just for cars and trucks and make that system affordable for the taxpayer in the medium or long term.”

You’re right. No matter how you slice it, other modes need to be supported, but for me the most compelling is the cost. The automobile is not efficient or cost-effective. We’re going bankrupt clinging to it as the only way to get around. The cost of maintaining cars is ruining the financial health of individual households, and the cost of maintaining all of this road space is going to bankrupt the public purse. What is the City of Hamilton’s infrastructure deficit? It’s academic, since it will never be paid off- those roads will have to be torn up and the space they consumed put to better use.

We can’t afford the roads we have. This is evidenced by the fact that we don’t actually pay for them- in Hamilton and many other places, our spendthrift leadership neglects important maintenance, and adds the cost of it to our collective liabilities. Instead of facing up to the reality that we need more cost-effective ways of getting around.

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