Mat Siscoe is! Filed my nomination papers this morning, and I’m assuming my candidate profile – complete with awful photo – will go up before the weekend here. Anyone who has poked around here in the last few weeks will have noticed that my posting, when it happens at all, has been more locally focused. That will likely become the rule rather than the exception in future months.
With that in mind, I attended a GO Transit public meeting last night at Market Square – informative, but not much new in the presentation that I hadn’t already gleaned from previous media reports. My quote from the St. Catharines Standard article this morning:
Mat Siscoe said other cities have seen benefits from being on transit routes and it’s something St. Catharines needs. “It’s got to have a linkage to the big city,” he said, adding regional transit should be a priority as well.
Not quite what I was getting at, but that’s the gist; I more fully explain my opinion here. St. Catharines needs a transit link to Toronto. The ability to get into the GTA for work, along with a lower cost of living and more affordable housing, means good things for the St. Catharines of the future.
The part about regional transit, however, was very accurate. If we want St. Catharines to remain a viable place for people to live, we need to give them the chance to get to their jobs wherever they happen to be in the region. That doesn’t necessarily mean a new transit service – it can be as simple as what goes on now to Brock University and Niagara College from each of the cities in the region. It needs to be addressed properly, however, and soon. There’s a regional council meeting tonight – it will be interesting to see what comes of it.