Sunday Video: The Trains That Subsidize Suburbia


Jason Slaughter of Not Just Bikes shows how Toronto’s GO Transit commuter rail is primarily setup to subsidize the suburbs without providing real, regular transit benefits. The criticisms and problems he highlights are very similar to the failures of Sound Transit’s Sounder commuter rail. Of course, the issues raised apply to other kinds of transit commonly found in North America, too.

We hope you loved this article. If so, please consider subscribing or donating. The Urbanist is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that depends on donations from readers like you.

Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.

Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

1 Comment
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Ronald Payne

Go Transit is old technology,perhaps will be changed over to electric trains,also trains are only as good as the buses that serve them,hub and spoke system,making fares for both bus and train will enable people to leave cars at home.