Chow Vows to Invest in Downtown Relief Line, TTC Repairs

One of Toronto’s most promising mayoral candidate, Olivia Chow, recently stated that her long-term transit plan included investing a billion dollars for both state of good repairs and TTC expansion like a downtown relief line. Address a business audience during a luncheon at the Toronto Region Board of Trade on Tuesday, Chow said that “I will invest in both” because “that helps people in every corner of our city right now.”

According to Chow, if the city intends to keep property tax hikes at reasonable rates, i.e. at around two per cent a year, she thinks the extremely expensive Scarborough subway, which is supported by her mayoral rivals Rob Ford and John Tory, is the “wrong choice.” She alleged that “we can’t max our ability to invest by spending a billion dollars on the Scarborough subway,” vowing to prefer light-rail transit instead. Chow pointed out that the Scarborough subway will cost the city an anticipated 30-year property tax hike. She explained that “if we go with their plan we won’t be able to build anything else or fix anything else — not now not for a very long time.”

If she becomes Toronto mayor, Chow said she will ask Queen’s Park and Ottawa to fix some imbalances. She alleged that “in my first meeting with the premier I will ask this: why does the province help pay Go Transit’s operating cost but not TTC’s operating cost? Why not the City of Toronto? Give us the answer. Why?”

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