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Rob Ford renews pledge to phase out streetcars
After failing to make his 2010 campaign dream to phase out streetcars a reality, Ford is asking for another chance
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City Hall would face steep financial penalties to cancel contracts related to new streetcar orders
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

Mayor Rob Ford has Toronto's streetcars in his crosshairs again. 

He believes doing away with them in favour of building new subway lines will ease Toronto's gridlocked streets. 

Ford was responding to a study of the King Street streetcar line on Thursday. 

After failing to make his 2010 campaign dream to phase out the city's streetcars a reality, Ford is asking for another chance. 

He says if he is re-elected Mayor, he will scrap plans to purchase new streetcars to replace the city's aging fleet. 

City Hall has already committed almost $2 billion for new rail vehicles and other projects associated with them. 

Penalties to renege on those orders would be costly and Ford is not able to explain in detail how he would pay for any new subway lines. 

The Mayor would not say how much he extra he would be willing to spend in order to cancel contracts related to the new streetcar fleet order. 

The first of Toronto's new streetcars hit the tracks later this month.

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City Hall would face steep financial penalties to cancel contracts related to new streetcar orders
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

Mayor Rob Ford has Toronto's streetcars in his crosshairs again. 

He believes doing away with them in favour of building new subway lines will ease Toronto's gridlocked streets. 

Ford was responding to a study of the King Street streetcar line on Thursday. 

After failing to make his 2010 campaign dream to phase out the city's streetcars a reality, Ford is asking for another chance. 

He says if he is re-elected Mayor, he will scrap plans to purchase new streetcars to replace the city's aging fleet. 

City Hall has already committed almost $2 billion for new rail vehicles and other projects associated with them. 

Penalties to renege on those orders would be costly and Ford is not able to explain in detail how he would pay for any new subway lines. 

The Mayor would not say how much he extra he would be willing to spend in order to cancel contracts related to the new streetcar fleet order. 

The first of Toronto's new streetcars hit the tracks later this month.

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