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The Future of Public Transportation May Not Be in Our Hands

October 14, 2015

Bruce Leslie Bruce Leslie
Executive Director, Western Office
The Conference Board of Canada

In 1849, Toronto cabinetmaker Burt Williams launched a public transit service from the St. Lawrence Market all the way to the far-flung Red Lion Hotel in distant Yorkville. Called the Williams Omnibus Bus Lines, it was the first mass ...

A Tip of the Hat to Uber’s Challenge to Taxicab Industry

July 08, 2015

Brent DowDall
Senior Manager, Research and Business Development
Forecasting and Analysis

Uber is everywhere. While it is not yet in all communities, it is at the forefront of the minds of travellers. Uber—which connects potential passengers with private drivers through the use of a digital app—has done more than ...

Ticket Price for Union Pearson Express Should Have Been Set Long Ago

September 11, 2014

Vijay Gill
Director
Policy Research

Construction of the Union Pearson (UP) Express—the express rail link between Union Station in downtown Toronto and Toronto’s Pearson Airport—is near completion, and there is now a growing debate about how much people should pay to use it.

Should it be run like ...

Increasing Aviation Fuel Tax Might Not Increase Government Revenues at All

July 14, 2014

Vijay Gill
Director
Policy Research

Canadians are used to higher air fares resulting from a variety of fees and taxes. For many, however, these higher fares provide an incentive to cross the border to find lower fares. The aviation fuel tax in Ontario, which the Ontario budget proposes ...

Defining a New National Transportation Policy

March 13, 2014

Vijay Gill

Director
Policy Research

As our public infrastructure struggles to keep pace with the demands of goods and people movement, there are growing calls for a national transportation strategy or policy. But transportation policy means different things to different people. For some Canadians living in urban areas, it ...

How Reliable Is Your Commute?

December 16, 2013

Vijay Gill

Director
Policy Research

Most commuters would be able to tell you what their average commute time is. But if you ask them how reliable their commuting time is you will likely be given a less straight-forward answer. But reliability matters, because people tend to plan for the ...

New Data Confirm That the Average Age of Truck Drivers Continues to Rise

July 04, 2013

Vijay Gill
Director
Policy Research

Earlier this year, The Conference Board of Canada released a report that quantified the demand for truck drivers in Canada, driven by the growth of the economy and the resulting pressure that the trucking industry will face to attract new drivers. In that ...


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