Councillor Josh Matlow

Open File: Josh Matlow wonders if Transit City could be revived

Posted by John Michael McGrath on Monday, October 3, 2011


It looks like some councillors are feeling their oats after a few recent wins and near-wins lately. Josh Matlow (Ward 22, St. Paul’s) apparently said on his radio show yesterday that Transit City could be revived by council. David Miller’s Transit Plan had been presumed dead by the media when Mayor Rob Ford declared it thus back in December, but council never actually took a vote on its fate. From Newstalk1010:

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 gets] revisited would be done in conjunction with Metrolinx,” said TTC chair Karen Stintz.


Frankly, the interesting part of this news is less that transit advocates might want to re-fight the Battle of Transit City and more that Stintz, at least as she was quoted above, didn’t shoot the idea down immediately. But she’s right: the province will obviously have a key role to play. Which is why it’s so interesting that Cheri DiNovo seemed last week to be open to forcing a rethink about Transit City, with the talk of the NDP holding the balance of power after election day.


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