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Former TTC head calls transit debate "ludicrous"
David Gunn says the politicians and mayoral candidates should leave transit planning to the experts
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A former TTC head says it is "ludicrous" the way the transit debate in Toronto is being politicized.

It's been a hot topic among the mayoral candidates ahead of this year's election.

But David Gunn, who is now retired and living on Cape Breton Island, is criticizing the candidates, as well as current politicians, over their transit plans and ideas.

"They don't know what the hell they're talking about, most of them," he says. "They've turned subways and streetcars into religions - there are Sunnis and Shiites."

Gunn was the chief general manager of the TTC from 1995 to 1999. He was later the president of Amtrak, the U.S. passenger rail service, and has held top transit jobs in New York City, Washington and Boston.

He says the choice of mode of transit in a particular part of the city should be based on an expert analysis of ridership.

"The planning should be done by professionals, people who actually know the economics," he says.

Gunn's priority would be to create a single, "competent" organization that plans, builds and operates transit in Toronto.

"The first thing you have to do is to have one person in charge of everything," he says, rather than the current split between the TTC and Metrolinx.

"If you want Metrolinx to be in charge, give them the TTC, give them the whole ball of wax."

And then, he says, you let the experts solve the transit problem.

"You don't make those decisions off the of your head in the middle of a political campaign," Gunn says. "It's voodoo transit planning."

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A former TTC head says it is "ludicrous" the way the transit debate in Toronto is being politicized.

It's been a hot topic among the mayoral candidates ahead of this year's election.

But David Gunn, who is now retired and living on Cape Breton Island, is criticizing the candidates, as well as current politicians, over their transit plans and ideas.

"They don't know what the hell they're talking about, most of them," he says. "They've turned subways and streetcars into religions - there are Sunnis and Shiites."

Gunn was the chief general manager of the TTC from 1995 to 1999. He was later the president of Amtrak, the U.S. passenger rail service, and has held top transit jobs in New York City, Washington and Boston.

He says the choice of mode of transit in a particular part of the city should be based on an expert analysis of ridership.

"The planning should be done by professionals, people who actually know the economics," he says.

Gunn's priority would be to create a single, "competent" organization that plans, builds and operates transit in Toronto.

"The first thing you have to do is to have one person in charge of everything," he says, rather than the current split between the TTC and Metrolinx.

"If you want Metrolinx to be in charge, give them the TTC, give them the whole ball of wax."

And then, he says, you let the experts solve the transit problem.

"You don't make those decisions off the of your head in the middle of a political campaign," Gunn says. "It's voodoo transit planning."

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