Aug 15, 2018
By Michael Kramer
The Ontario government says it would be a benefit to Toronto – if the province took over the city’s transit system – something Premier Doug Ford promised to do during the spring election campaign.
Ford says his government will deliver on its pledge to create a regional transportation system – but will first consult with Toronto and other municipalities in the area.
The premier says the Toronto Transit Commission has done well in operating the system – but he believes others can build subways more efficiently.
The Progressive Conservative election platform proposed to upload responsibility for building and maintaining new and existing subway lines to the province – while allowing the city to operate the subway system and keep the revenue it generates.
Transportation Minister John Yakabuski met with Toronto Mayor John Tory earlier this week – but the mayor says no such plan was presented – and he said today that any proposal on control of the TTC must be subjected to “robust consultation” with the public and the transit agency – as well as city staff and council – before decisions are made.