Ford pledges to build subways, fight LRT's
Rob Ford has 'tunnel vision' when it comes to his 2014 bid to keep Toronto's top job.
Speaking on NEWSTALK 1010's The City, Ford says Toronto residents continue to urge him to push for more aggressive expansion of the city's subway system.
"We are getting subways and that's going to be the number-one issue in the next election and mark my words, we are getting these subways," he said.
Since losing a key council vote on his vision for a subway line to Scarborough, Ford has promised define himself by his transit policy.
In the meantime, he promised to find a way to build subways to the suburbs, while blocking construction of the LRT line that council supported instead.
"These LRT's are not going to happen and if they (candidates for city council) don't support subways, they're not going to be elected, I don't think," Ford says.
Ford favours subways because they move more passengers, travel completely independent of road traffic, and the mayor claims that residents in the suburbs prefer them.
Opponents say Ford lacks a concrete plan to finance building and maintaining more subway lines instead of an LRT route, especially in suburban communities where housing density may not provide enough ridership to justify the cost.
Ford will join Premier Kathleen Wynne at a news conference to discuss progress in the York-Spadina Subway Extension project on Wednesday morning.