Tory slams timing, lack of funding plan for TTC revamp

Report to be debated Tuesday

John Tory speaks with reporters at Union Station

Toronto mayoral hopeful John Tory wants to tap the brakes on a plan to revamp TTC service.

A report to be considered by Toronto Transit Commissioners Tuesday includes a slew of recommendations including allowing passengers unlimited rides in a two-hour window, implementing all door boarding on streetcars and expanding express and overnight service.

To pay for the improvements, city council would need to approve an extra $288-million in capital spending over five years. The TTC's operating budget would also need to swell by $19-million in 2015 and then grow bit by bit up to $69-million extra a year in 2018.

But Tory says there is no clear indication of where that money will come from.

"Absolutely, positively, without question, there needs to be a financial plan, and there isn't one here," Tory told reporters at Union Station Monday.  Tory said it was "not responsible" to vote on a report with questions about finances resolved.

"I believe that the whole plan, with the financial plan is something that's (should be) properly dealt with by the new city council so they can view it within the context of the overall budget of the city, not some kind of a one-off thing brought in at the last minute right before an election."

All of the "Opportunities to Improve Transit Service in Toronto" report's recommendations are:

-implement all door boarding and proof-of-payment on all streetcar routes
-reduce wait times and crowding on bus and streetcar routes
-establish a city-wide network of Ten-Minute-or-Better bus and streetcar services
-expand the Express Route Network with new and improved express bus routes
-implement more transit priority measures
-add resources to improve service reliability and route performance
-operate all routes all day, every day across the city
-change the one-trip-per-fare to a two-hour-travel-privilege-per-fare
-expand the overnight bus and streetcar network

City council meets next week for the last time before October's municipal vote

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  1. PatriciaV posted on 08/18/2014 12:28 PM
    Brilliant interview; articulate, informed, and decisive. This man looks more like a mayor every day.
    1. dama posted on 08/18/2014 03:58 PM
      @PatriciaV Looks like a mayor is different than being a mayor, for a mayor has to deal with 43 councillors and he has only one vote..
  2. ToddK_2 posted on 08/19/2014 01:13 PM
    John Tory will do just fine. We haven't seen him in action in the boardroom so make no mistake he will set some of these councillors straight and build good alliances. Bonus is he doesn't smoke crack. Just as long as Olivia Chow doesn't get in.
  3. Fact Provider posted on 08/19/2014 04:26 PM
    John Tory - the best choice for Toronto - by a country mile !!
    1. Angry Bill posted on 08/20/2014 04:34 PM
  4. Murray_2008 posted on 08/20/2014 02:19 PM
    Since when has a lack of a funding plan ever stopped the city before?
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