Mayor John Tory used his appearance at the forthcoming York University subway station on Monday, to restate his plan for road tolls on the Gardiner and the Don Valley Parkway.
The Mayor used the backdrop of the new transit project to promote the need for funding from tolls to build important travel infrastructure in Toronto, like subways.
“When this subway station opens next year, it will be the first transit station to open in Toronto in 14 years,” said Tory, “14 years and not one new transit station, no wonder traffic is a mess.”
Tory, flanked by Budget Chief Gary Crawford and TTC chair Josh Colle, drove home the point that the city needs to find money to “expand the transit map” and tackle traffic congestion.
“The traffic has grown worse and worse and worse. It is bad for the economy, it is a crisis for families, and not consistent to livable city.”
The mayor said $1.68 billion in combined city and federal funding would add another 783 buses, 400 wheel trans vehicles, and bring in some much needed upgrades to bus stops and stations.
The caveat of the $1.68 billion is the fact that the $840 million coming from Ottawa must be matched by the city.
Tory also took a moment to commented on the Gardiner project, saying the roadway would “be a large part of our transportation infrastructure for a long time to come.”
The city’s management team estimates that a viable system for taking in revenue from travelers of the Gardiner and the DVP is not likely for another 4 or 5 years.
— Josh Colle (@JoshColle) November 28, 2016
— John Tory (@JohnTory) November 28, 2016