From Marcus Gee: Political drama doesn't get any better than this: a head-to-head fight on the council floor over transit's future, outcome in the balance.
Cllr Karen Stintz has letter to councillor with 6 recommendations#TOcouncil
The meeting was scheduled for 9:30 a.m., but we're still waiting for it to begin.
Rec include Finch LRT from Spadina to Humber College #TOcouncil
Eglinton Crosstown LRT from Jane to Kennedy station#TOcouncil
Scarb RT conversion to LRT with extension to Malvern Town Centre#TOcouncil
City manager request expert panel to look at Sheppard Av to report back to special meeting no later than Feb 21#TOcouncil
David Crombie, Eric Miller from UofT city centre and Gordon Chong#TOcouncil
Various councillors are rising to present petitions calling for light-rail transit. Including Stintz. #TOcouncil
Stintz compromise proposal suggests light-rail network but omits Sheppard line, leaving Mayor Ford's Sheppard subway option open. #TOcouncil
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Stintz's proposal includes an advisory panel with David Crombie and Gordon Chong on it. #TOcouncil
It would appear that Ford and Stintz have struck some kind of deal. Its shape should unfold the morning. But will it pass council? #TOpoli
RT @aradwanski: If you've not seen it, here's my (web-only) column on how the province might respond to City Hall's civil war over TTC. ...
Gotta say it's weird in the extreme to have an $8b transit decision come down to this council floor bartering. #TOcouncil
Speaker Nunziata threatens for the second time to clear the chamber if the rucus continues. #TOcouncil
TTC's Gary Webster refers to transit project 'scope creep.' #TOcouncil
RT @torontoist: To summarize: the coalition plan is for LRT on Eglinton, Finch, and as replacement of Scarborough RT; and for study of o ...
Cllr Adam Vaughan asks city's CFO about findings of KMPG report on Sheppard subway plan and possible tax hikes required. #TOcouncil
Cllr Vaughan notes "every penny" of new development charges for 30 yrs needed to build Sheppard subway extension. #TOcouncil
Cllr Adam Vaughan says you would have to build 450 new condos to even start to pay for suburban subways with development charges. #Tocouncil
RT @Spacing: We need $9 Billion for quorum RT @JProskowGlobal: $8.4 billion in transit spending on the floor. Only 24 city councillors i ...
RT @ThomsonTO: Every penny of New Development charges must go to transit. No $ for Finch for 20yrs Cncllr Vaughn #tocouncil #toronto
TTC GM asks council that whatever they do today, they leave technical issues to staff #TOcouncil
TTC's Gary Webster says subway more expensive to maintain than LRT. Directly contradicts what Cllr Norm Kelly has been spinning for weeks.
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TTC GM comes out firmly behind LRT plan in questioning "Better value for money," he says #TOcouncil
TTC's gen manager says Stintz LRT plan is 'better value for money' than Ford-Metrolinx plan. Zing, Mr Mayor. #TOcouncil
TTC GM says "sunk costs" of cancelling Transit City is $48-$65-million, but city yet to be billed #TOcouncil
RT @lizchurchto: TTC GM says "sunk costs" of cancelling Transit City is $48-$65-million, but city yet to be billed #TOcouncil
From Liz Church's latest file, Stintz's proposal calls for the creation of an 'expert panel' on transit, as well as the following:
-Council affirm support for a light rail plan and the early implementation of three projects - an LRT on Finch from the Spadina subway extension to Humber College, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT from Jane Street to Kennedy Station, and conversion of the Scarborough RT to and LRT with an extension to Malvern Town Centre as funds become available.
-Continued discussions between Metrolinx and the TTC on the operation and delivery of light rail projects;
-Authorize the TTC to enter discussions with Metrolinx to study the future of five other transit projects;
- An extension of the Sheppard subway west to Downsview station;
- An extension of Sheppard LRT to to the Toronto Zoo;
-An extension of the Bloor Danforth subway line east to Scarborough Town Centre
-An extension of the Eglinton Crosstown from Jane to the airport
-The construction of the downtown relief line.
Okay, it's nearly 11 and we still have no real idea what is going to go down at city council. High drama indeed. #TOCouncil
Councillor Augimeri: "Is the subway they want to build now...the same one I voted on in the 1980s?"
Cllr John Parker asks about impact of Sheppard subway plan on dev charges. CFO confirms charges would be citywide#TOcouncil