The City of Toronto took the extraordinary step of quantifying the health impacts of traffic pollution on their citizens. “For the first time in Ontario, we have isolated the health impacts of vehicle emissions, and can demonstrate the potential health benefits of moving to a more sustainable transportation system,” said Dr. McKeown. “A 30 percent reduction in motor vehicle emissions in Toronto could save nearly 200 lives a year and significantly reduce hospitalization and illness, and associated economic impacts.”
The full report encourages more sustainable transportation systems. I believe in a balanced and redundant transportation system (Minneapolis would be in a better position to handle the I-35 bridge collapse if there were parallel rail lines that could move commuters). This report gives us another reason to diversify our transportation system.