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Off the track: transit funding and the low carbon transition

By Pedro Antunes and Roger Francis      

If climate change mitigation is to begin in cities, we should be discussing how municipalities can access additional and predictable revenue sources to support required investments and in turn, support our national economy.

The Canadian Urban Transit Association’s (CUTA) most recent Infrastructure Needs Report found transit systems require in excess of $133-billion over the next 10 years, nearly $60-billion of which remains unfunded by government, write Pedro Antunes and Roger Francis. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Municipalities in Canada are on the front lines of climate change mitigation. Decarbonizing cities through greater transit use and more efficient transportation systems is key to transitioning to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This is especially true because the federal government is pursuing a policy of allowing resource and energy development, while cutting carbon pollution in the transportation, building, electricity and other sectors. The burden of reducing emissions will then fall more heavily on cities. But is the funding available proportional to the task at hand, or are municipalities off the track in meeting these requirements?

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