Don’t pronounce Transit City dead just yet: Minister

Transit City isn’t dead just because new Mayor Rob Ford has decreed it so, warns Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne.

Transit City isn’t dead just because new Mayor Rob Ford has decreed it so, warns Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne.

The $8.15 billion Toronto light rail plan has already left the station because work has started, said the minister.

“Obviously I would be very concerned if there’s money wasted and time wasted, and I think a decision to scrap the whole plan now would risk that kind of waste,” said Wynne.

Ford announced Wednesday he has ordered the TTC to abandon the provincially funded suburban light rail plan and put together a new plan by January for underground light rail and subways.

“The mayor campaigned on a different direction — he has stated he wants to move in that direction and now he needs to work with this council to come up with a plan for moving forward,” said Wynne.

“We will have that conversation with him, but any plan that comes from the city has to come from the full council and the transit commission,” she said.

Wynne refused to say that the provincial funding would be cancelled if Transit City stalls.

Noting how long it has taken to get the Spadina subway extension to York University underway, one official predicted none of Ford’s tunnel dreams would be fulfilled in a four-year term in office.

 
 
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