Toronto's medical officer of health, David McKeown, has released a new study that points the finger of blame on air pollution from transportation for 440
premature deaths annually in the city. Like most large urban areas, traffic congestion is a major problem in Canada's
largest city and Mayor David Miller has taken to the "Think Globally, Act Locally
" philosophy to fight climate change. The study claims that cutting traffic in the metropolis by almost one-third is viable and the resulting air quality gains would reduce the premature death count by 200. The Toronto Transit Commission recently unveiled a plan to install 120 miles of new light rail lines by 2021 at a cost of $6 billion. Without some severe restrictions on vehicles coming into the city or some hefty congestion charges, a thirty percent reduction in traffic seems highly unlikely but it's good to see they are at least trying.
[Source: Globe and Mail]