"I was out in Scarborough over the weekend; people came up to me and said they want subways. Thatís it."
Rob Ford on his unique approach to transit planning.
The lesson here: the next time you see Rob Ford on the street, don't ask him for spare change or a subway token, ask him for an entire subway system. He will give it to you.
Could someone refresh my memory, by the way... why IS this Mayor Ford's personal obsession? What is it about Sheppard East -- the fact that there's already a stub? It doesn't go near his ward/home base, so that's not it. Because it would link to Scarborough Town Centre?
AG -- I absolutely cannot understand how anyone can drive from Celestica to the power centre alley beyond Eglinton and O'Connor and say that you need to bury any transit on that stretch. It's way, way more appropriate for surface transit than anywhere else being proposed/implemented in the city. What, other than a fetish for below grade transit, makes this a place for anyone to pick a fight?
LOL, very clever.
Anyone in their right mind... in the middle of January/February would rather ride an underground rail system than above ground, especially that run from O,Connor to the Town Centre. That is one windy cold area to be waiting for a streetcar (i guess LRT)
But seriously, "big cities" that are fiscally responsible bury their transit when appropriate -- when the density is sufficient and the cost is reasonable.
Sure, and I want a pony. But although the same weather considerations apply, there is a reason that all the bus lines haven't been replaced with subways.Anyone in their right mind... in the middle of January/February would rather ride an underground rail system
Public works projects, especially transit, often involve compromises, largely due to fiscal constraints. That's a reality that all cities, even the "big" ones, have to face.
I waited with a bunch of local AC Milan fans who weren't bothered by it either - are you saying that Toronto deserves better than Milan? And Milan continues to build LRT/Tram lines.
Also, the tram lines in Milan are more frequent than their subway because that same tram I waited for, took me to the subway station that was supposed to take me to Milano Centrale - I waited 15 minutes for that train - I could've stayed on the tram and made my connecting regional train to Bologna on time.
Stop pandering Toronto's issues on the 905.
We want to help! .... or at least I would!
Paris is much larger than Toronto, and is building LRT in it's suburbs, where it's not practical to expand the metro. It's a sorry excuse saying that big cities build underground. And no city would be foolish to build underground in a valley.
Almost all within the dense part of the city. Not in the 'burbs.
And isn't it too much to just build the line on the surface?
Now this is certainly an interesting development:
If Ford hadn't already lost Stintz as an ally, then he certainly has now. This was pretty much Ford's last chance to save face on the transit issue and he just blew it.
God, this is so embarrassing for the city.
^ It's embarrassing for Ford and for those who voted for him. The city? We're being given a lesson in civics. I don't think a conservative Mayor will be elected for the next decade because of Ford.