Latest Salvo in Toronto Transit Turmoil

The battle being waged by Toronto's first-term mayor Rob Ford over the future of transit in the city is getting uglier by the day, as the Toronto Transit Commission voted Tuesday to fire chief general manager Gary Webster.

On its opinion pages, the Toronto Star bashes mayor Ford for the very public removal of the chief general manager of the city's transit commission, who had the audacity to, "express a professional opinion at odds with Ford's reckless demand for more subways - a transit option that the city can't afford and doesn't need."

Despite the pleas of Premier Dalton McGuinty to solve the transit squabble and the objections of a multitude of area officials, "With the confidence of a sleepwalker, utterly unaware of surrounding reality, the mayor blithely insists Toronto must build subways. A solid majority of Toronto city council has voted against his plan. A host of credible transit analysts - not just Webster - have found Ford's vision wanting."

The good news for residents of Toronto is that it appears the resurrected plans for Transit City will likely proceed without Ford's support.

Full Story: Mayor Rob Ford hurts the TTC by unjustly firing Gary Webster as general manager.


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available.
Starting at $24.95

Essential Readings in Urban Planning

Planning on taking the AICP* Exam? Register for Planetizen's AICP * Exam Preparation Course to save $25.
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.