In Toronto, a Major Victory for Light Rail

It was an $8.4 billion question that had simmered all year, but finally boiled over this week at Toronto City Hall during a no-holds-barred debate that may well determine the future of city’s transit expansion.*

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/02/toronto-major-victory-light-rail/1202/

For years, Toronto struggled to modernize and expand its transit system, which now carries about 500 million riders annually, making the Toronto Transit Commission one of North Americaai??i??s most heavily used networks. In 2007, the cityai??i??s former mayor David Miller and the Ontario government did a multi-billion dollar deal that would see the construction of an extensive light-rail network serving the cityai??i??s post-war suburbs.

But the current mayor, Rob Ford, ran on a subway-building platform in 2010. He vowed to kill Millerai??i??s LRT plan because, he told voters, it would take up valuable road space and exacerbate traffic congestion. Upon taking office, Ford declared that Millerai??i??s LRT strategy was “dead.”

`Meanwhile’ in Toronto, the Fight for Transit City Continues

The Transport Politic http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2012/01/31/in-toronto-the-fight-for-transit-city-continues/Ai??

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