WATCH: Olivia Chow's Toronto has more buses, fewer potholes

Olivia Chow says if elected to Toronto's top job she would invest $15 million in the TTC

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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  1. fran posted on 03/20/2014 08:56 PM
    please 1010 get rid of this picture, it really got me sick just looking at it.
  2. AdrianoC1981 posted on 03/21/2014 08:04 AM
    It kind of makes me a little sick to my stomach that this woman who can barely speek English is a so called "front runner " in this mayoral race. I have nothing against people of other ethnic groups but come on, should we really be subject to hearing this broken English and bulls--t policies for the next 4 years. All this stupid woman is dwelling on is people who take public transit. What about the folks that need to drive to work? What are you going to do for us? Olivia Chow is only interested in her own better interests. She wants to eliminate the Scarborough subway extension for a quick fix LRT line. Why would anyone in their right minds forfit a federal and provincially funded subway extension for an above ground LRT? Toronto has to think about the long term benefits, not a short term gain. This is Canada, we do receive harsh winters and we shouldn't have to worry about lines freezing up when it gets too cold. Chow will bring nothing to the table that will benefit Toronto for the next 25-50 years. THINK BIG people. Would you rather have subways in 2040 or LRT's? This is a choice that will affect ourselves, our kids and even their kids.

    If Toronto wants to get rid of the gridlock we should seriously consider having a system where all the major corporations in the downtown business sector have rotating starting shifts. Instead of having everyone open offices at 9:00am, certain areas start at 8am-4pm, others at 8:30am-4:30pm, others at 9:00am-5:00pm, others at 9:30am-5:30pm and so on. This would create less bottle necking on all the major highways, less congestion in the downtown core, less accidents, emptier buses and and most of all shorter commute times for every individual who commutes in and out of Toronto on a daily basis. Just wondering what everyone thinks about this?
  3. Dean posted on 03/21/2014 08:35 AM
    This election is as easy as ABC - Anyone But Chow!
  4. Frankie posted on 03/21/2014 09:56 AM
    Olivia Chow was the Federal NDP Transportation critic yet her only contribution to Toronto drivers is to fix potholes.

    That should be enough for people to realize how incompetent she is and would be as Mayor.

    If you want to educate yourself on Chow read Sue-Ann Levy's column in the Toronto Sun on Olivia Chow. It will give you the chills.
    1. dama posted on 03/21/2014 02:41 PM
      @Frankie That was a verygood column by Sue Ann Levy.. gave you an ideal what Olivia Chow is all about and it painted a scary picture...

      So Olivia is BIG on children and family, and you will get more nurseries and re-open al those libraries that were closed by he current council.. I wonder why the current closed some of the nurseries and libraries in the FIRST place??? could it due to NO MORE money or just councillors just love to close them down ??

      More bus during peak hours so that SMALL people can get to work in time and mom with strollers can get on board? .. Why would a moms travelling at that hour with strollers? Now.. would cause more gridlock?
      and stealing $15 millions from the TTC budget when Karen Stintz was crying NO MORE money !!!!

      Olivia Chow might be leading in the current poll,, but when it gets near Oct.. I think she will be trailing ... behind John Tory??? likely not....
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