The consensus: There is no debate. The region is so far behind the funding and building of needed transit projects that those at the table had little to disagree about.
Sitting at the front at the big table are (from left to right) Stephen Damp, Ellis Don; Jim Tully, Munro Ltd; Bruce McCuaig, Metrolinx; Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto City Planning; Jim Harris, former Green Party Leader and Adam Giambrone, former Toronto City Councillor and current Transit Director for the City of Milwaukee.
It was a good event with a big turnout. Even the press showed up, but unfortunately as I found out later, for another reason entirely (what could possibly be more interesting than a debate about transit funding???).
Because of the general agreement on stage, the moderator attempted a discussion on capital vs. operating funding. A question of how to divide the ever shrinking metaphorical pie. To this there was more agreement on all sides.
While the debate never really got off of the ground, what was clear was that the players involved in planning, building and operating transit are not butting heads but are rather poised for when something else happens. When the funding is put in place to properly fund existing transit and to continually fund the construction and operation of needed transit expansion all actors will be ready to hit the ground running.