TORONTO, Ont. – Mayor Rob Ford took his pro-subway talk to transit users while riding the rails with them for most of Wednesday night, and into the wee hours of Thursday morning.
He had one-on-one conversations with people using the system, while telling them that the fight for subways isn’t over.
In fact, Ford said council’s vote to reverse his transit plan is irrelevant, while urging the province to ignore its preference for light rail over subways.
However, the province has been saying for months that it requires direction from council and has been urging the city to get its act together.
Ontario Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli issued a statement after Wednesday’s vote indicating he has always respected the will of council, and has asked the provincial agency Metrolinx to consider the impacts on current transit planning and report back as quickly as possible.
Ford issued a letter from the mayor’s office, posted on his Facebook and Twitter sites, pledging to continue fighting for a high-speed subway network in Scarborough and across the city.