Councillor Josh Matlow

Newstalk1010: Matlow Wonders If Transit City Could Rise From the Dead

Recent compromises at City Hall have lead to speculation about the possible return of Transit City.


On Newstalk 1010’s The City this weekend, host and councillor Josh Matlow asked if the plan could be brought back from the dead.

Matlow says transit advocates believe that because the mayor has been forced to alter his agenda the time could be right to return to the plan scrapped by Rob Ford after taking office.


“They smell blood in the water, says Matlow. “They’ve seen the Mayor not win every single vote. They’re wondering if this is an opportunity to revive Transit City from the dead.”


“Any discussion about whether or not (Transit City) get revisited would be done in conjunction with Metrolinx,” said TTC chair Karen Stintz.


Former TTC vice chair Joe Mihevc believes “anything is possible in terms of Transit City” and thinks if the Liberals return to office at Queen’s Park after election day, it increases the chances the plan could return.


“I would think that if (PC leader Tim Hudak) gets in, Transit City would be dead in the water because Ford and Hudak would work together in a very different pro-car direction.”


But, because of recent compromises at City Hall, he wouldn’t be shocked if the plan comes before council again.


“The era of Ford just unilaterally saying Transit City is dead…those days are over.”


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