Long-term planning needed to avoid political interference, writes Bruce G. Matthews

Why is infrastructure planning and execution for the GTA such a challenge for municipal and provincial governments?

Part of the answer is time. Governments plan and work on a four-year election cycle. The life-cycle of an infrastructure project, be it roads, water and sewers, or transit, far exceeds that time frame. The result is that political considerations interfere in what should be objective planning and decision-making. The resulting delays create infrastructure deficits.