Spinning our Wheels

Spinning our Wheels is a commuting blog about the challenges of getting around Atlanta by car, bus, MARTA, bicycles and on foot written by transportation reporter David Wickert

Northern neighbors have lessons to teach


About 100 Atlanta leaders are visiting Toronto this week, trying to learn lessons from a northern neighbor that is wrangling with similar problems.

To be specific: three decades of under-investment in transportation and reluctance to pay for it.

The AJC's Scott Trubey points out in an article today that "like Atlanta, Toronto has spread out from its core. But nearly a quarter of Toronto area residents take transit despite funding issues."

In metro Atlanta, only about 3.3 percent  of the population rides transit, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Toronto is also stumbling under the weight of excessive traffic congestion, not unlike our fair city.

The 19th Atlanta Regional Commission LINK trip will explore how Torontons handle making suburbs more walkable, mobile and connected to the city core. Travelers along for the ride include the commission chairs of Clayton, Cobb and Gwinnett, along with other leaders in the economic development and business communities.

Let's hope they return with some inspiration.


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