Councillor Josh Matlow

Newstalk 1010: The War On Transit Heats Up At City Hall

February 6, 2012


Newstalk 1010 has learned that TTC Chair Karen Stintz is leading a group of councillors who are looking for a change in transit.

She will be tabling a petition at council Monday morning signed by 24 councillors to have a special meeting on the subject at city hall in the coming days.

The group leading the charge includes Josh Matlow, John Parker and Joe Mihevc.


Last week, the TTC chair expressed doubts about having the entire eastern portion of the Eglinton LRT underground. When speaking with Newstalk 1010, she also noted funding for the Sheppard subway line Mayor Rob Ford wants is still not secured.

Stintz stopped short of calling an alternative to the Mayor’s current plan Transit City. However, Matlow confirms that it will look a lot like the former transit plan but with new additions as well.

Transit City had proposed LRTs on Finch, Sheppard and Eglinton.

Stintz underlines residents in Scarborough need better transit in their area.

The city, the TTC and Metrolinx signed a binding Memorandum of Agreement for Transit City in 2009 which was adopted by council. Mayor Rob Ford then signed a Memorandum of Understanding – which isn’t binding – regarding his new transit plan last March.

The old $6 billion Transit City agreement is set to expire at the beginning of March and Stintz is afraid if it expires the city will lose the part or all of the $8.4 billion in funding from the province most recently promised for transit in the city.


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