Imagine being able to travel from Hamilton to Oshawa, or from Pickering to Richmond Hill on a single ticket. And imagine buying that ticket online from a website that coordinates the schedules involved while offering you a discount for travelling during off-peak hours. Could such a thing happen in the GTHA?With 30 municipalities in the region, nine different transit service providers one of which is among the largest in North America, and six years of regional transit planning behind us, isn’t it time to ask why we still don’t have seamless cross-regional travel? That is why the Neptis Foundation has published two new posts on its website. The first is by Michael Schabas and examines what fare integration and smart pricing look like by comparing London’s Oyster card with Metrolinx’s proposed PRESTO card. The second articulates why transit governance matters. As David Quarmby, former director at Transport for London Tfl suggests, the key to an integrated regional transit system, one that will actually get people out of their cars and onto transit, is getting the governance right and using it well.
Rethinking governance to enable seamless regional travel