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Byford, Pennachetti pitch waterfront LRT to Ontario bureaucrats: report

TTC CEO Andy Byford and Toronto city manager Joe Pennachetti met with senior provincial bureaucrats earlier this month to make a pitch for a waterfront LRT, the Globe and Mail reports.

The line would extend from Waterfront East — or East Bayfront — to Ontario Place and Exhibition Place and cost between $600 million and $1 billion.

It includes the East Bayfront LRT, which was mentioned in the province’s last budget and the Waterfront West LRT — part of the Transit City plan backed by former mayor David Miller.

The Globe said Byford and Pennachetti planned to approach Queen’s Park politicians and Ottawa next.

The pair hopes the some of the $15 billion Ontario pledged for transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area could go toward the waterfront LRT.

Also at their meeting, they asked for money for the aging Gardiner Expressway and maintenance of the transit system, and to shift some of the TTC’s operating expenses back to the province.

Earlier this week, Pennachetti announced he would be retiring in November.