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RSS FeedsExperts praise province´s possible subway upload reversal but caution city on backing Ontario Line
(The Star Theatre)


10 october 2019 04:06:10

Experts praise province´s possible subway upload reversal but caution city on backing Ontario Line
(The Star Theatre)

Toronto will be better off if the provincial government drops plans to upload the TTC subway network, but Queen’s Park needs to address unanswered questions about the transit line it’s asking the city to endorse, according to experts and members of council. As the Star reported Tuesday, sources say provincial and municipal officials are negotiating a deal that would include Premier Doug Ford’s government abandoning its proposal to take ownership of Toronto’s subway network, while the city would endorse the province’s contentious Ontario Line plan.The rail line Ford announced in April would run between the Ontario Science Centre and Exhibition GO station, and replace the council-approved relief line subway. Finance Minister Rod Phillips acknowledged Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney and Associate Transportation Minister Kinga Surma are in the midst of talks with the city about a change in upload plans. He praised Mayor John Tory for rejecting calls primarily from left-wing councillors opposed to the upload to break off transit talks with the province.“I will wait to see the results of those negotiations, but let’s just say we’re optimistic with those discussions that have been going, and I commend the mayor for taking that step — not listening to some of the naysayers on council — and continuing to have those discussions ... about getting the job done, getting shovels in the ground,” Phillips told reporters at Queen’s Park on Wednesday.Mulroney had little to say Wednesday about the potential deal, which the Star understands has not been finalized, as she barrelled past reporters on her way into a cabinet meeting at Queen’s Park. “We’ve always been very clear that we’re committed to building better public transit options for the people of Ontario and we are working closely with ... city officials. I’m confident our conversations are going well,” she ...

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