CFO confirms even with dev charges and other tools, gap to fund Sheppard subway between $800,000 to $1-billion. #TOcouncil
We don't recommend an LRT underground as proposed in the the Metrolinx plan, says TTC's Webster. "It's simply the wrong vehicle." #TOCouncil
TTC manager says that LRT underground "simply the wrong vehicle...it should be a subway vehicle, or a mini subway vehicle."
LRT more expensive too, he adds
TTC GM says TTC would need to buy more buses if Crosstown is only LRT line. #TOcouncil
Webster says no $ left if Eg Xtown buried. That assumes TTC designs and builds. Metrolinx says $ can be saved if private sector does project
RT @terencecorcoran: #C11 is no SOPA: Despite hysteria fostered by activists and @mgeist, new CDN copyright law among the most user frie ...
RT @JProskowGlobal: Webster: $1.9bln cost difference between full or partial burying of eglinton LRT.
Webster says if he had to choose between building Finch or Sheppard East LRT lines, he'd choose Sheppard East
Cllr Denzil Minnan-Wong says expert panal is "tilted in one direction. "#TOcouncil
Cllr Minnan-Wong says Stintz transit motion is 'problematic and ill-conceived.' #TOcouncil
RT @torontoist: Webster also thinks the current $8.4 billion funding envelop won't be enough for all 3 LRT lines; would prioritize Shepp ...
RT @torontoist: Lots of numbers have been flying around, by TTC's Webster puts cost difference of buried vs. unburied Eglinton LRT at $1 ...
'Subways are the way to go,' says Cllr Minnan-Wong, arguing this is a decision for 50-100 years. #TOcouncil
Cllr Matlow says build LRTs or subways where it makes sense. And ask a panel to look at Sheppard subway. #TOcouncil
@dbooth, Thanks for your note about Marcus' tweets being cut off. I'm looking into that right now.
@dbooth In the meantime, if you click on the 'Via twitter" link beneath each tweet, that will take you to the full tweet.
Webster says LRT can serve pop. densities on proposed routes up to 2050. What then? #topoli
Matlow says if Ford is really fiscally responsible he'll sign on to the Stintz plan. #TOcouncil
RT @arvelomcquaig: Mayor Ford walks into room finally for first time in hours, grabs a paper, leaves again immediately
Thanks everyone for your questions. My colleague Tom Philip will be taking over from here
Cllr Minnan-Wong says time-frame for panel too short. Cllr Vaughan says research available and its plenty of time.
Cllr Josh Matlow says mayor had lots of chances to lead a transit compromise. #T0council
Councillors continue to ask questions of staff. Cllr Stintz yet to present her plan. Mayor also expected to address council #T0council
City staffer says peak hour traffic hasn't actually gone up on suburban arterials like Eglinton. So what's the problem with LRTs? #TOpoli
"The LRT is the predominant mode, accepted worldwide" for transit expansion where subways not warranted, says TTC's Webster. #TOCouncil
RT @aradwanski: Just saw a guy on the subway wearing a "Stop the gravy" button while reading the Toronto Star. Weird TTC day all around.
TTC GM says not recommend spending money on asset you don't need. Even if have cash, subways not answer for everywhere. #T0council
Even if we had three times the money, says TTC's Webster, we wouldn't build subways where they aren't warranted. Zing again, Mr Mayor.
Cllr Grimes asks how can council make decision without imput from Metrolinx #T0council
RT @torontoist: Perhaps the first hint of mayor's counter-strategy: Grimes suggests we should delay decision until cllrs can question Me ...
TTC GM says Crosstown would have "some impact on traffic," less room for cars, more room for transit. #T0council
RT @DougSaunders: Canada's population slides westward, grows faster than the rest of the G8: A very interesting census infographic http: ...
Cllr Del Grande asks about role of Metrolinx. "Do they just accept what we say?"#T0council
TTC GM says Metrolinx did back street-level leg for Crosstown, not aware what change in backing of underground option. #T0council
Why did Metrolinx first sign on to Transit City then switch and back Ford Eglinton plan, TTC's Webster is asked. "I can't answer that."
Cllr Del Grande: "Is it in the plan to connect the Sheppard whatever the heck it is to the Scarborough town centre?"#T0council
RT @lizchurchto: Cllr Del Grande: "Is it in the plan to connect the Sheppard whatever the heck it is to the Scarborough town centre?"#T0 ...
Cllr Nunziata asks if Cllr Stintz's plan is not just David Miller's Transit City #T0council
Is this not in fact the return of Transit City, demands an angry Cllr Nunziata? Mayor Ford gets a chuckle out of that. #TOCouncil
TTC GM says to be fair it is "5 in 10 plan."
Cllr Nunziata says Stintz plan is not a new plan, it is resurrecting Transit City. #T0council