Agreed. Too damn much money goes to things like snow plowing, roadway maintenance, traffic enforcement, ambulance services, etc. for drivers which really should be covered by scaling up Toronto Parking Authority revenues, a parking tax on private lots, and/or vehicle registration fees. We got sewer/water and garbage out of the property tax bucket, roadways should be next to be converted to pay per use.
That said, we can significantly reduce TTC operating subsidies by applying a King type conversion to most major streets in the city; LRT for Dundas/College, and BRT for most other roadways.
I don't know if I would literally support pay per use on every km, as that would seem intrusive. But I whole-heartedly support tolling the Gardiner/DVP, taxing commercial parking, drastically raising below-market permit parking fees and on-street parking as well.
BRT on any six-lane road, that supports every 10M or better bus service is also highly supportable.
Rather than get caught up on pilots for the streetcar services, I think simply moving to restrict parking in both directions from 6-10am and 3-7pm daily would dramatically improve route performance.
I also think we need further rationalization of stops on surface routes, I'm not suggesting draconian cuts, but we really musn't allow stops less than 250m apart.