Years before it is expected to open, plans for a new Toronto transit museum are drawing fire from a member of the project’s own steering committee.

Longtime transit observer Steve Munro says the TTC is rushing the $5.5-million project to help justify a new head office at Yonge Street and York Mills Road, being developed by Build Toronto.

The building is a “political football,” said Munro.

He wants the museum plans delayed until after the fall municipal election, when a new group of city councillors will sit on the Toronto Transit Commission.

“What’s the big rush? My hunch is that there’s an attempt to get it as far along as it can be while (TTC chair) Adam Giambrone is still in office to make it part of his legacy,” said Munro.

Giambrone said yesterday he had nothing to add to previous comments that a museum would be a marketing tool, attracting schoolchildren who would be future transit riders.

Commissioners approved a consultant’s report Monday detailing plans for a 18,300-square-foot museum and interpretive centre. Munro said he and other members of the steering committee had no prior knowledge of the report.