TORONTO, Ont. – One day after Premier Dalton McGuinty announced his surprise resignation, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak was at Nathan Phillips Square promising to build subways in Toronto.
Outside city hall accompanied by city politicians, including Coun. Doug Ford and Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday, Hudak promised that he would allot transit money that is available toward subways if Ontario premier.
“Where funds are available, a PC government would build underground,” Hudak said.
Hudak unveiled his transit plan in a policy paper released last week.
In his plan, the province would take control of transit in the Greater Toronto Area by merging existing TTC subways and new LRT lines with GO Transit.
“We’ll upload the TTC subway and LRT and link it in with GO Transit for a seamless rail system,” Hudak said.
He said having a sole decision maker would accelerate the development of a region-wide transit system.
The province has earmarked $8.4-billion for LRTs.
Hudak said he would allocate as much of the dollars the province has promised for expansion of the city’s transit toward building underground transit.
He said there are “too many hands on the wheel” when it comes to transit decision making in the city, adding that he met with TTC CEO Andy Byford and TTC chair Karen Stintz on Monday.
According to transportation agency Metrolinx, gridlock costs the local economy about $6-billion every year.
When asked about funding, Hudak said he would not consider imposing tolls on existing highways.
With files from Shawne McKeown, CityNews.ca