There are no easy solutions to Toronto's problems with gridlock but no matter the route the city's leadership chooses to take, it would seem that it will involve more than a small contribution from ratepayers.
That much was clear from a mayoral debate on Monday morning.
Candidates John Tory, Olivia Chow, Karen Stintz, and David Soknacki took part in the discussion organised by transportation group 'Transport Futures.'
While all four hopeful mayors had differing opinions on where the city should take its transit vision, they seemed to agree that there would have to be a larger contribution from the tax base to generate the funding needed for the extensive projects that experts say will keep Toronto from gridlock oblivion.
Transportation and public transit have dominated the Toronto mayoral campaign since it began.
John Tory has introduced a plan he calls “SmartTrack” which mainly use existing GO train tracks to run a surface subway from Mississauga, through Toronto’s downtown core, and up into Markham.
It would electrify the current GO Train system.
Olivia Chow is focused on boosting bus service and says she would nix the Scarborough subway in favour of an above-ground option.
Former TTC Chair Karen Stintz says she would create a “Transportation Czar” who would oversee all transportation planning in the city.
Stintz would also sell off city assets to pay for projects like a downtown relief line.
Mayoral hopeful David Soknacki says he would put the brakes on a Scarborough subway and would revert back to the old LRT plan.