Well, it looks like our new Council could very well roll back four years of planning and billions of dollars of committed funding so Rob Ford can go back to the drawing board on Transit City. (See the great G&M editorial here.)
I moved to Toronto in 2006, and in four years NOTHING NEW HAS BEEN BUILT, nothing has changed. This will be four more years wasted, if not more: New designs, new environmental approvals, new RFPs and contracts, and hundreds of millions in cancellation clauses. At this rate our transportation network will be paralyzed and strangled before we have any meaningful transit development. What a joke. I realize this is an oversimplification, but we have in front of us what is regarded as an ambitious plan in Transit City — a plan that the incoming Mayor plans to abandon.
If you hate this as much as I do, start writing meaningful letters to your new Mayor and Councillor. Do your research. Cite Montreal and Vancouver as possible examples of what you want to see here. Regardless, please take action any way you can.
1 December 2010