KEESMAAT UNVEILS TRANSIT PLAN, CALLS MAYOR'S SMARTRACK 'MIRAGE'

Aug 30, 2018

By Bob Komsic

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Mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat calls her transit plan ”a real plan … over the long term.”
The former chief city of Toronto planner’s vision includes seven key points.
–Building the downtown relief subway line by 2028 … three years sooner 
–Building the Jane LRT
–Extending the Eglinton LRT to Pearson airport …
–Completing the Waterfront LRT
–Making the King Street pilot project permanent  
–”Enhancing bus service” in areas where it makes sense
–Building the Scarborough subway with provincial funds and canceling the eastern extensions of John Tory’s SmartTrack plan.
Keesmaat again criticizes SmartTrack calling it ”a political promise drawn on the back of a napkin” … ”a distraction … a mirage.”
Tory’s re-election campaign issued a statement saying her plan amounts to moving two stops in Scarborough, while the rest of it is exactly the same as the transit expansion plan championed by the mayor and approved by city council.
It also says Keesmaat was one of its key architects in 2016 and recommended it to council. 
If there were problems or potential improvements, Tory’s re-election campaign team asks why did she not raise them then?
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