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Olivia Chow says if elected to Toronto's top job she would invest $15 million in the TTC
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Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow promises to bump up rush hour capacity on Toronto's busiest bus lines
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

Olivia Chow says if she is elected mayor of Toronto she would invest $15 million per year to boost bus service in the city.

Chow says her proposed plan would increase bus capacity during rush hour by 10-per-cent, ``so people can ride with more dignity.''

She says she was on a packed bus this week and she saw a mother with a baby carriage, unable to move in the crush of people and Chow says that is not acceptable.

Chow says the $15 million -- which would go toward bus maintenance, operating costs and hiring new drivers -- would come from the existing budget as well as property tax increases based on inflation rates.

The TTC plans on retiring old buses when new ones are delivered, but Chow says keeping the old ones on the road would mean quicker service.

Chow would not commit to a downtown relief subway line right now because she says there is no clear, realistic proposal of how it will be funded.

When asked how she plans to help make drivers' daily commute easier, Chow said she would put an emphasis filling pot holes and speeding up the process to find a solution to the future of the Gardiner Expressway.

The former New Democrat MP promises more details on her campaign platform next week.

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Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow promises to bump up rush hour capacity on Toronto's busiest bus lines
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

Olivia Chow says if she is elected mayor of Toronto she would invest $15 million per year to boost bus service in the city.

Chow says her proposed plan would increase bus capacity during rush hour by 10-per-cent, ``so people can ride with more dignity.''

She says she was on a packed bus this week and she saw a mother with a baby carriage, unable to move in the crush of people and Chow says that is not acceptable.

Chow says the $15 million -- which would go toward bus maintenance, operating costs and hiring new drivers -- would come from the existing budget as well as property tax increases based on inflation rates.

The TTC plans on retiring old buses when new ones are delivered, but Chow says keeping the old ones on the road would mean quicker service.

Chow would not commit to a downtown relief subway line right now because she says there is no clear, realistic proposal of how it will be funded.

When asked how she plans to help make drivers' daily commute easier, Chow said she would put an emphasis filling pot holes and speeding up the process to find a solution to the future of the Gardiner Expressway.

The former New Democrat MP promises more details on her campaign platform next week.

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