Mayor Rob Ford will make the case for killing Transit City directly to Premier Dalton McGuinty today in their first one-on-one meeting.
Last week, on his first day in office, Ford proclaimed the provincially funded plan to snake light-rail lines to Toronto’s underserved suburbs “over.”
Saying above-ground lines impede car traffic, he campaigned on an alternative that would extend the Sheppard subway to Scarborough Town Centre and convert the aging Scarborough LRT to subway.
Ford said he would use his first meeting with McGuinty to ask the premier to divert $3.1 billion earmarked for Transit City’s first phase to the subway plan.
At Queen’s Park yesterday, Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne stressed the Liberals “are willing to work with the new mayor and council” on public transit.
Ford is also expected to seek support for making the TTC an essential service and to press Toronto’s demand that the province immediately pay it $53.7 million — half the city’s cost of administering the Ontario Works welfare program in 2010.
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