Toronto needs more transit investment, Mayor Tory tells Queen's Park

News Apr 11, 2017 by Rahul Gupta Etobicoke Guardian

Mayor John Tory, mindful of the impending Ontario budget, implored the province to provide immediate funding toward the city’s waterfront transit needs.

Insisting he isn't seeking to attack or embarrass the Wynne Liberals who are set to release this year's fiscal budget likely within a couple of weeks, Tory called for provincial money to fund transit improvements benefiting growing waterfront communities from Long Branch to Woodbine.

“I am trying to make it abundantly clear to the Ontario government of the great opportunity available for them ... to build transit we need right now,” said Tory during a news conference Tuesday near the former Mr. Christie factory site at the northeast corner of Park Lawn Road and Lake Shore Boulevard, where local residents want a GO Transit stop built to benefit the Humber Bay Shores community.

Tory, whose plan to enact road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway to pay for infrastructure was stymied by the province, paid tribute to provincial commitments already made for transit. But with incoming support from Ottawa he insisted there also needs to be new money from Queen's Park to multiply the federal commitment.

“Those investments were the beginning of building up Toronto transit to where it needed to be and must not be the end,” he said.

The city is currently completing study of a waterfront master plan for transit, part of a priority list of projects endorsed by Toronto council. But funding for the list, which includes the relief subway line, is not guaranteed by any level of government.

“We cannot have thousands of residents living minutes from downtown shortchanged by transit,” said Tory.

Joining Tory were Etobicoke city councillors Mark Grimes and Justin Di Ciano, who have called for immediate improvements to local transit.

Some transit watchers expressed disappointment Tory made no specific ask of money for projects required for improving waterfront transit, and for resisting property tax increases to support new infrastructure.

“John Tory is begging other governments to fund transit projects that he refuses to fund through any property tax hike,” tweeted Michael Bednarski.

Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn, who has called for a new GO stop at the Park Lawn site, did not respond to a request from Metroland Media Toronto to comment on Tory's remarks.

Toronto needs more transit investment, Mayor Tory tells Queen's Park

Immediate funding sought for waterfront transit needs

News Apr 11, 2017 by Rahul Gupta Etobicoke Guardian

Mayor John Tory, mindful of the impending Ontario budget, implored the province to provide immediate funding toward the city’s waterfront transit needs.

Insisting he isn't seeking to attack or embarrass the Wynne Liberals who are set to release this year's fiscal budget likely within a couple of weeks, Tory called for provincial money to fund transit improvements benefiting growing waterfront communities from Long Branch to Woodbine.

“I am trying to make it abundantly clear to the Ontario government of the great opportunity available for them ... to build transit we need right now,” said Tory during a news conference Tuesday near the former Mr. Christie factory site at the northeast corner of Park Lawn Road and Lake Shore Boulevard, where local residents want a GO Transit stop built to benefit the Humber Bay Shores community.

Tory, whose plan to enact road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway to pay for infrastructure was stymied by the province, paid tribute to provincial commitments already made for transit. But with incoming support from Ottawa he insisted there also needs to be new money from Queen's Park to multiply the federal commitment.

“Those investments were the beginning of building up Toronto transit to where it needed to be and must not be the end,” he said.

The city is currently completing study of a waterfront master plan for transit, part of a priority list of projects endorsed by Toronto council. But funding for the list, which includes the relief subway line, is not guaranteed by any level of government.

“We cannot have thousands of residents living minutes from downtown shortchanged by transit,” said Tory.

Joining Tory were Etobicoke city councillors Mark Grimes and Justin Di Ciano, who have called for immediate improvements to local transit.

Some transit watchers expressed disappointment Tory made no specific ask of money for projects required for improving waterfront transit, and for resisting property tax increases to support new infrastructure.

“John Tory is begging other governments to fund transit projects that he refuses to fund through any property tax hike,” tweeted Michael Bednarski.

Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn, who has called for a new GO stop at the Park Lawn site, did not respond to a request from Metroland Media Toronto to comment on Tory's remarks.

Toronto needs more transit investment, Mayor Tory tells Queen's Park

Immediate funding sought for waterfront transit needs

News Apr 11, 2017 by Rahul Gupta Etobicoke Guardian

Mayor John Tory, mindful of the impending Ontario budget, implored the province to provide immediate funding toward the city’s waterfront transit needs.

Insisting he isn't seeking to attack or embarrass the Wynne Liberals who are set to release this year's fiscal budget likely within a couple of weeks, Tory called for provincial money to fund transit improvements benefiting growing waterfront communities from Long Branch to Woodbine.

“I am trying to make it abundantly clear to the Ontario government of the great opportunity available for them ... to build transit we need right now,” said Tory during a news conference Tuesday near the former Mr. Christie factory site at the northeast corner of Park Lawn Road and Lake Shore Boulevard, where local residents want a GO Transit stop built to benefit the Humber Bay Shores community.

Tory, whose plan to enact road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway to pay for infrastructure was stymied by the province, paid tribute to provincial commitments already made for transit. But with incoming support from Ottawa he insisted there also needs to be new money from Queen's Park to multiply the federal commitment.

“Those investments were the beginning of building up Toronto transit to where it needed to be and must not be the end,” he said.

The city is currently completing study of a waterfront master plan for transit, part of a priority list of projects endorsed by Toronto council. But funding for the list, which includes the relief subway line, is not guaranteed by any level of government.

“We cannot have thousands of residents living minutes from downtown shortchanged by transit,” said Tory.

Joining Tory were Etobicoke city councillors Mark Grimes and Justin Di Ciano, who have called for immediate improvements to local transit.

Some transit watchers expressed disappointment Tory made no specific ask of money for projects required for improving waterfront transit, and for resisting property tax increases to support new infrastructure.

“John Tory is begging other governments to fund transit projects that he refuses to fund through any property tax hike,” tweeted Michael Bednarski.

Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn, who has called for a new GO stop at the Park Lawn site, did not respond to a request from Metroland Media Toronto to comment on Tory's remarks.