1.0 SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO AT THE CROSSROADS
Southwestern Ontario’s intercity public transportation system is inadequate for current needs and shows little prospect of becoming a stimulator of economic and social vitality.
As both aging Baby Boomers and a new generation of Canadians – the Millennials – eschew car ownership, their travel choices will increasingly factor into this situation. As with several other regions around North America that compete with Southwestern Ontario, its transportation system needs to change rapidly. “Business as usual” is not acceptable.
Network Southwest is a practical and affordable first step in giving Southwestern Ontario the mobility it requires. It is a framework based on concepts that have succeeded elsewhere in North America, under conditions similar to those faced by the communities west of Toronto.