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article imageToronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford wants to 'end the war on cars'

By Andrew Moran     Sep 9, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - The Toronto Transit Commission's famous streetcars have been culturally identified with the city. However, leading Toronto mayoral candidate wants to bury the tracks in favour of "clean" buses, which has drawn criticism from opponents.
In an attempt to phase out streetcars, frontrunner in the race for mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, will focus more on buses, subways and fixing roads. Ford released his transit plan that is estimated to cost $4 billion over a five-year plan.
Ford would transfer the province’s $3.7 billion promised transit spending to a plan that focuses on east-end subways and would replace downtown streetcars with “clean” buses.
“Transit City would spend $3.7 million in the next five years to build a network of streetcars that will do absolutely nothing to provide faster transit or reduce gridlock,” said Ford in a YouTube video published on Wednesday. “At the same cost, we can build a subway line that moves 10 times as many people, three times faster. That makes sense.”
Toronto s streetcar.
Toronto's streetcar.
Toronto mayoral candidates and public officials have responded to Ford’s plan. Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone said, reports the Toronto Star, “One of the defining characteristics of our city is the streetcar.”
Meanwhile, Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne said that Queen’s Park will work with whoever is elected mayor but the province will stick to its original plan:
“We can't afford to delay the building of new transit in this city. We're catching up on, really, a generation of projects that were stalled. We've got a plan, we're moving forward and anything that is going to slow us down would be a problem,” said Wynne, reports the Globe and Mail. “I've never had a conversation with Rob Ford
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