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Final Munk Centre transportation talk centres on funding

The last of three high-level talks on mass urban transportation took place Monday.

The speaker was Richard Katz, chair of L.A.'s regional transit system, Metrolink. He is also on the board of the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and a former state legislator. His topic was transit funding.

Los Angeles has become an unlikely model of transit funding done well, and though not everything that's worked there can work in Toronto—L.A. imposed a sales tax, for instance, which Toronto does not have the power to do—the principles are the same. Public support is essential, and generating it, through education and publicity, is the sine qua non of a well-funded system.

The talks were sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs, and held at the theatre at the school's Devonshire Place campus.

Writer: Bert Archer

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