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article imageWill Toronto subways be a function of the Ontario Government?

By Andrew Moran     Jan 25, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - There are various reports throughout the Toronto media that representatives of Mayor Rob Ford are discussing the possibility of uploading the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to the Government of Ontario.
By the end of March, or early April, the Ontario government will or will not pass legislation that would make the TTC an essential service. Toronto city council voted in favour of the ruling in December and now the provincial government will make that decision.
That may not be the only thing that the province of Ontario will do. According to the Globe and Mail, there is talk of uploading Toronto’s transit to the province. Members of Mayor Rob Ford’s transition team and senior staff are open to the idea and present the possibility to provincial officials.
It isn’t clear what Ford is willing to give up, but if the Ontario government took responsibility over the TTC then it would provide them with more funding stability. This could also lead to a more “integrated GTA transit system.”
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (L) and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (L) and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty
If such a premise does occur, then the report notes that at least making the subway system a provincial function could lead to extensions to existing subway lines, which would be easier to fund.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty stated Tuesday that his Liberal Party is not interested in taking over the TTC and would not discuss the possibility until following the provincial election in October, reports The Canadian Press.
Furthermore, senior provincial government officials claim that the primary goal of Ontario is to build transit systems.
CP24 reports that one mayor representative has neither confirmed nor denied the reports.
Digital Journal sought comment Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne, but there has not been a reply as of yet.
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