Matt Gurney: If governments won’t solve cities’ transit woes, they can at least get out of the way

National Post | Full Comment

In many of Canada’s major cities, a distressing (and increasing) amount of time is required simply to get from A to B. Rapid population growth, accelerating urbanization and woefully insufficient infrastructure spending has left millions of us facing horrendous gridlock and brutal, ever-worsening commute times. This is more than a quality of life issue, though it certainly is that. Study after study has found that long commute times have measurable negative impacts on our health.

Across the country, governments at every level have failed to effectively deal with this issue. But there is some cause for optimism. New technologies and fundraising methods are offering transit-starved commuters new options. For example, Uber’s smart-phone app connects passengers to taxi cabs, limousines, and entrepreneurial private citizens who have passed a screening, own a vehicle and work as paid drivers on a permanent or part-time basis. And Line Six — discussed by columnist Marni Soupcoff on this site — involves residents of…

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