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.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound 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. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.