THE DEMOCRATIC REPORTER
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* Hazel McCallion - Mayor of Mississauga *
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The Mississauga News - Oct 6, 2006 - Editorial
(Mississauga) - It's refreshing to hear someone on City council admit that public transit here will never become the efficient operation that we need it to be.
It's even better when the words come directly from Mayor Hazel McCallion.
It's important for her to tell it the way it is, without the hindrance of political spin that would make it appear that everything that happens within our boundaries is just peachy.
You don't have to look deep between the lines to understand that what she is really saying is that councillors and city planning staff blew it big-time back in the day when it came to mapping out the future of transportation.
The best we can hope for is that not in their wildest dreams did planners expect the population to become what it is. If they did, and decided not to do anything about it, that would surely be worse.
The result of the poor planning decisions are buses that seemingly travel around in circles and cars and trucks that clog narrow streets and roads.
Aside from the obvious problems these early decisions have created, the fallout is immense: just ask our school boards who still have to rely on busing students in a major urban centre.
At this point, there is none. Just keep filling your car up with gas, leave a little early and pray that you get to where you are going on time.
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