“Ladies and gentlemen, the war on the car stops today . . . Transit City is over,” Ford told reporters Wednesday. “We will not build any more rail tracks down the middle of our streets.” “The war on the car is over and, all new subway expansion is going underground,” Ford said. (SOURCE:
‘War on the car is over’: Ford moves transit underground)
Oh Bruce, when will you understand that Rob Ford's vision for Transportation City means 0 km of above-ground transit lines? Remember, “Streets, are for cars, trucks and buses.” Rob Ford famously said when declaring Transit City dead (SOURCE: Hume: Ford to Transit City: Drop dead).
The Toronto Star released a story today discussing how Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig delusionally believes that the proposed Eglinton Crosstown LRT does fall within Rob Ford's vision of completely underground transit for Toronto, because 11 km of the proposed 33 km Eglinton line (or 33%) is underground, leaving 66% above-ground to cause havoc on one of Toronto's busiest roads and key crosstown routes for cars.
The truth is that having LRTs above-ground on Eglinton would be disastrous for traffic in Toronto, and would be the worst thing to happen to the car in Toronto since the implementation of the Personal Vehicle Tax. Not to mention, imagine a St. Clair Right-of-way disaster and a Roncesvalles fiasco multiplied by 100 and spread across the entire city! This is your precious above-ground Eglinton Crosstown LRT.
And I can't wait until Rob Ford absolutely destroys McCuaig's proposal! :)
Here's the story from the Toronto Star:
Ford-Transit City hybrid plan in the works
Despite fears that Mayor Rob Ford’s focus on getting more subway into Scarborough will kill light-rail-based Transit City, signs point to a hybrid plan with at least the Eglinton Crosstown LRT surviving, and Toronto paying a premium on the provincially funded expansion to get more of it underground and otherwise away from road traffic.
TTC and Metrolinx staff are communicating “daily,” said Metrolinx chief executive Bruce McCuaig, while the agencies’ leaders, and senior officials from Ford’s office, are to meet again before the end of next week, following a “very constructive” Dec. 17 session.
McCuaig made it clear the province remains committed to the Eglinton Crosstown line, a cornerstone of Ontario’s first-phase, $8.15 billion Transit City plan that also includes Finch and Sheppard LRT lines and revitalization of the aging Scarborough RT.
The Crosstown “reaches across the entire city; it connects to the regional systems, the various GO lines, it ultimately connects into Pearson airport and into the Mississauga transitway,” McCuaig said.
“We have certainly communicated to the City of Toronto that Eglinton is the most important regional project in the ‘big four’ (lines) and that we are very committed to it. I think it would be fair to say the city acknowledges the importance of the project.”
Eleven kilometres of the line are to be underground, he added, so “it actually reflects the mayors’ interest as well in terms of getting transit off of roads and underground.”
If McCuaig seriously believes that his "hybrid" Eglinton Crosstown "actually reflects the mayors’ interest as well in terms of getting transit off of roads and underground.", then he truly must be in a fantasy land of unicorns and rainbows... Probably the same one that his buddy Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Toronto-traitor Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne are in...
I am hesitant to go after Councillor Karen Stintz for not completely dismissing it outright right-off-the-bat, I hope she hasn't dropped the ball on this one, her first real task as the Rob Ford-appointed Chair of the TTC.
PS: Just to be clear, I'm not opposed to an Eglinton Crosstown Transit line, it would just have to be completely underground and should be subways.
Screenshot taken from http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/eglinton_crosstown_lrt/pdf/map.pdf on City of Toronto - Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) Website