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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:44 AM

Toronto floats dramatic $30-billion transit plan




from the Toronto Star:


Tess Kalinowski
Transportation Reporter


Two councillors leading the TTC say itís time to move ahead on an accumulating wish list of transit projects: 175 kilometres, including six subway lines, 10 LRTs and five bus and streetcar routes across the city.

The latest proposal would dramatically expand Torontoís transit network over the next 30 years. And while it comes with a $30 billion price tag, it is well within the cityís grasp, say the councillors at the helm of the Toronto Transit Commission.



TTC chair Karen Stintz (Eglinton-Lawrence) and vice-chair Glenn De Baeremaeker (Scarborough Centre) believe residents can be persuaded to make the kind of transformative investment that would save Toronto from descending into a prosperity-crushing, gridlocked future.

They are calling their proposal OneCity and are asking council to approve a staff study of the plan in July. Councillors would then have until October to take the plan to their constituents before considering approval. ................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.thestar.com/news/transportation/article/1217721--transit-plan-dramatic-onecity-proposal-floated-by-stintz-debaeremaeker?bn=1



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