This takes us wider than this forum, but has great bearing on what Moose is missing. It's also the best coverage, *by far* I've seen on the Caisse concept for Montreal, and listen very closely to Sabia in the extended press meeting after the initial CTV coverage, Sabia is astoundingly good at making the case for the Caisse, and for *sane* planning and execution of rail transit.
When's the last time you heard a politician this straight forward and appealing to your higher senses? Mayor Bloomberg (NYC) is mine.
The link was for this was from my last post in the text, figured I'd just double check it since I posted it.
Caisse willing to fund half the cost of $5.5B, 67 km electric rail service
Sabia gives me great hope. If Montreal can do this, why not Toronto? OK...I can count the ways too...Hopefully Desjardins-Siciliano and Sabia have had some long discussions. The Caisse may have their hands full with Montreal, but the model is *ostensibly* about to prove itself. For Toronto, for VIA, for many other Cdn cities.
On the basis of it doing so, we have the grounds to copy it for Ottawa, and to get Toronto's starry-eyed aspirations happening in reality. THIS is a workable model for SmartTrack in lieu of the City's coffers being bare.
Edit to Add: Click on the video player linked, and let it run through the series of articles until the press conference. It lasts about half an hour, and it's riveting, the press ask excellent questions, and the answers are just as good.