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Sun Feb 5, 2012, 09:13 PM

Mayor Rob Fordís transit plan under fire

About 120 respected academics and civic leaders are urging Toronto city councillors to overturn Mayor Rob Fordís transportation plans or risk crippling the cityís transit planning for the next century.

Among those calling for an end to what they say is a ďwar on common sense,Ē are U of T Cities Centre Director Eric Miller; planning consultant and author Ken Greenberg; former Toronto chief planner Paul Bedford and former mayor David Crombie.

Many of the players are the same city leaders who rallied last year against Councillor Doug Fordís plan to put a Ferris wheel and shopping mall on the east waterfront.

They now say the mayorís determination to tunnel the east end of the Eglinton LRT is a waste of billions of dollars that will deprive tens of thousands of daily commuters in other areas of Toronto of rapid transit for years to come.


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