The head of the TTC says if Rob Ford phases out streetcar service it would put the city in a costly hole - funded by taxpayers.
It's a vow the mayor has made if he's re-elected in October.
TTC Chair Councillor Maria Augimeri says the the city would lose $2 billion dollars - those of the new streetcar fleet and related track renovations.
She says they would have to be sold. Augimeri stresses not only would the new streetcars be considered used vehicles but they would need costly modifications to be sold to other cities, since they were tailor-made for Toronto.
Augimeri says the city can't afford that.
She adds for every streetcar removed from the downtown core, they would have to be replaced with 3-5 buses. She says that would increase traffic, making life "intolerable" for residents.