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Dear esteemed councillors, In today’s Globe and Mail, I have read that some of you are being asked to vote against Councillor Stintz’s revised proposal for the Eglinton Light Rail. As you likely know, this plan restores the surface light …
Why does it seem like pundits on the left are always talking up light rail over subways in Toronto? Is there some kind of bizarre pinko conspiracy? Do lefties hate subways? Are we afraid of tunnels? Do we think that only the downtown elite should have effective transit? Or are there partisans among us that will just disagree with anything Rob Ford says, just because he said it?
Mayor Rob Ford announced a press conference for tomorrow at 9am, where it is widely expected he and Premier Dalton McGuinty will announce funding for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to Scarborough Town Centre, replacing the Scarborough RT with new LRT technology, and approval for Ford’s Sheppard Subway, at a total cost of $12.4 billion.
While the added expense of subways may be justified in some areas, like the central Eglinton corridor where the density may grow to be sufficient in the foreseeable future, in other areas surface light rail is simply the better option as part of the city’s transportation plan.
If you haven’t already, please consider sending off an e-mail through this website to let our governments know that the people of Toronto really do care about bringing clean and affordable rapid transit to everyone in the city.
It makes no sense to me at all why Rob Ford wants to throw away billions of dollars to scrap a transportation plan for the whole city, not to mention that the vehicles are already ordered and the rails are already under construction. Ford wants to replace it with over-capacity service to one small part of the city that may cost billions more than all of Transit City combined.
Toronto’s transit system has a lot of now well-publicized problems, but what it needs more than anything is a steady source of non-political revenue. This can’t be achieved through one-time politically sensitive government handouts. In short, since the Ontario government is not willing to provide the region with guaranteed, sustainable transit funding, Toronto should seek that funding elsewhere.