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May 19: Transit City Decisions

On May 19th, Torontonians and transit riders might finally find out how a $4 billion provincial funding delay for Transit City will affect them. But, a chart from today’s Toronto Star may already tell us exactly what the cost of McGuinty’s 2010 Budget cuts to Transit City mean to Torontonians.

From: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/ttc/article/805299--new-transit-city-slower-shorter

Up until March 2010, the Province promised to spend $8 billion by 2016 and help build the first 4 of 8 Transit City Light Rail Transit lines (April 1 2009 $7.2 billion & May 14, 2009 $900 million) . Then, on March 25th, the Province announced $4 billion of the $8 billion would not be available until 2015.

Metrolinx, an provincially-appointed body, was given the job of figuring out how to slow down planned construction for the 4 lines.

According to the chart on the right, which stems from a meeting between the City of Toronto and the appointed Metrolinx President and CEO, J. Robert S. Prichard, we are looking at more than just a 2 year delay. More than 22.5 km and 25 stops have been cut from the plan and three of the four lines are looking at 5 to 6 year delays.

On May 19th, the Metrolinx Board of Directors will meet and tell us more about Premier McGuinty’s cuts and delays to Transit City.

What likely won’t be discussed is whether these delays are necessary and what the costs of the delays will be to transit users, the environment and the economy.

Metrolinx Board meetings are open to the public but the public is not allowed to speak. The Metrolinx meeting is at 1:00 pm on May 19th at 20 Bay St., 6th Floor, Executive Boardroom.