John Tory reiterated his “guarantee” in a Wednesday radio interview that property taxes will not go up in order to finance his SmartTrack line, adding that “there will be hell to pay” if the upper levels of government don’t pitch in two thirds of his $8-billion scheme.
CBC Metro Morning host Matt Galloway grilled Mr. Tory on his funding plan for the 53-kilometre transit line that he bills as a “surface subway” and that will largely be built on an existing rail corridor. He says he can complete it in seven years.
Metrolinx, the provincial agency tasked with improving public transit in greater Toronto, held a board meeting at its headquarters on Bay Street Thursday. Unfortunately for transit users frustrated with overcrowded streetcars and buses, relief appears to be a number of years away.
REGIONAL EXPRESS RAIL
The preliminary concept for Regional Express Rail would see electrification to each of Go Transit’s seven corridors in the GTHA, making trips 10-25% quicker and improving the frequency to as little as 15 minutes apart.
In order to fund her government’s ambitious $29-billion transit and infrastructure plan, Kathleen Wynne is prepared to borrow up to $7-billion, if needed, in order to avoid charging Ontarians.
Another $2.5-billion would come from the federal government, through its Building Canada Plan — if, in fact, that money is granted to the province.
Two-thirds of the 10-year plan will be paid for in the ways Ms. Wynne has previously announced — by shifting gas taxes towards transit and repurposing revenues from existing HST from gas, resulting in $1.2-billion annually.
Mayoral candidate Doug Ford has revealed his transit plan for Toronto, and it’s exactly the same as the one his brother released earlier this month, except for the addition of a few spelling mistakes.
The transit map on Doug Ford’s website misspelled three station names. There is an extra “g” in Eglinton and Eglinton West and Don Mills is listed as “Done Mills.” The mayoral candidate was ridiculed over the errors by Toronto voters on social media Friday morning.
TORONTO — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne took steps Thursday to avoid a possible spring election by announcing the Liberal government would not raise taxes on middle-income earners to fund public transit.
“So I just want to be clear, we’re taking those potential revenue tools off the table: increase in HST, increase in gas tax, increases in personal income tax for middle-income families,” Wynne said at a campaign-style stop at a home in mid-Toronto.
Bright sun streams through the second-floor, south-facing window of Kathleen Wynne’s Queen’s Park office, and on this freezing weekday morning it feels like the warmest place in Toronto.
The Premier of Ontario confirms that she was out before the sun was up for her morning run, despite the cold. “It’s not so bad when it’s not that windy,” she says.
TORONTO — Ontario’s New Democrats warn they won’t support new taxes or tolls from the minority Liberal government to fund public transit expansion in the Toronto-Hamilton area.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she wants to make the minority Parliament work when the legislature resumes next month, but doesn’t like the Liberal plan to find new “revenue tools” to pay for upgrades to infrastructure and public transit.
TORONTO – Ontario’s transportation agency is releasing a final report today that will recommend new fees to fund public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Premier Kathleen Wynne will use it to determine which levies she’ll choose to raise the $2-billion a year she says is needed to fund transit.
Metrolinx put out a list of 11 possible fees last month, which include a sales tax hike, a new payroll tax, a half-cent-a-litre tax on gasoline and parking levies.