New Toronto Mayor Kills Transit Dreams

The newly installed mayor of Toronto has swiftly abandoned an $8.1 billion mass transit plan for the city.

The plan had focused on a vast light rail system for the city, but new Mayor Rob Ford prefers underground subways, so he killed the plan, known as Transit City. Toronto Star urban issues writer Christopher Hume likens the move to declaring war on the city.

"With Ford at the helm, Toronto is set to become Buffalo North, a fate that most likely would please His Worship; after all, the traffic there hums along ever so nicely.

The irony, of course, is that this one-note mayor who rode the 'gravy train' to office, along with a promise to 'end the waste at city hall,' will now preside over the squandering, among other things, of a $8.1 billion mass transit plan that would have brought mobility to thousands who now spend their lives waiting for the bus to arrive."

Full Story: Hume: Ford to Transit City: Drop dead

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