“Hi, I’m Rob Ford, that traffic report would have been a lot better without streetcars.”
- Mayor Rob Ford’s traffic promo on Newstalk 1010 (as heard Tuesday on the Jim Richards Show)
Tags: mayor, newstalk 1010, rob ford, streetcars, ttc
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I agree completely as I do not like streetcars either. In the Beach this summer buses replaced streetcars for about three months due to road and track construction. Traffic especially during rush hour flowed much more smoothly and efficiently . I lamented the return to the street car.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the Sun really hates the Mayor.
Why else would they broadcast the stupidity in the radio show commentary?
It’s bad enough that Torontonians have to endure somewhere between a few days and a couple more years of this ignorant, uneducated buffon, however the Sun could spare other Canadians.
Streetcars……..soooo 1800……fast forward we are in 2012. We have to keep this “Corporation” alive.
Apparently most commentators,and certainly the current Mayor, have never spent meaningful time in
some of the world’s major cities, where they run modern LRTs (they are NOT streetcars or trams of
the type running on the TTC’s routes today). In Dublin,Barcelona,Amsterdam,and the several other
places I have visited over the past twenty years, the LRTs, combined with busses (the newest bus in Dresden carries
256 passengers,is 98 feet long – articulated- and “with external cameras,independently steered axles,and GPS”
can navigate congested city streets), as well as subways and electric trains a la GO.In Amsterdam this
past Seotember I spoke with drivers of LRTs who were manoevering with ease the narrowest of old
streets, quite happily alongside cars (both moving and parked), the incredible number of bikes the Dutch
ride, and pedestrians. I wish I had a video of some of the traffic they moved through — with minmum
delays!!! We are so far behind almost every major urban centre my wife and I have travelled to in
recent years – some 28 in all! We can observe and compare based on experience. I might add we
have mobility issues and nearly all those other cities do a fantastic service to older and disabled persons,
not to mention pregnant women and young mothers with strollers and mobile offspring. I’m now
81 and do not wish to see another delay while politicians (Messrs Hudak and Ford allies) falsely
promise the impossible, and want to overturn realistic and implementable plans now underway.
Period. If you want to ‘diss’ LRTs prove to me you’ve both seen and ridden one in a major
city. Period. Thanks, Larry.
I love street cares,but i hate the mayor. I guess the reason he hates streets cars is that he is to fucking fat to sit down on the seat. he has done no a good thing for the city i did not vcote for it the first time and when he term up i wil not votge for it either.
Some people love the Mayor, others hate the Mayor, and then there are those that perhaps do not
understand the integrated complexities of the government…..Municipal vs.Provincial and Federal.
Than there are the people who only think of “size and showmanship” for leaders of elected officials.
But the fact remains is how the “government” spends Taxpayer’s/Shareholder’s money.
At the speed Ontario is going it appears we may very well head in the direction of “Greece” at a far
more expedient pace than people wish to believe. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2010/08/23/ontario-deficit.html
Rob Ford would rather be by lonesome self in his gas-guzzling motor vehicle. Does not want to rub shoulder or be near the undesirables who dare to take public transit.
What would getting rid of streetcars do? The most problematic traffic congestion in the city is on highways and suburban arterials…where there are no streetcars…
Bravo to you, Larry!! Obviously, you’ve seen it all and travelled on most other forms of transit in the world to understand them properly(as these politicos refuse to see!!)
How many people, other than Rob, were inside the automobile Rob was in? Zero? It could hold five, six, but how many were with him at the time? Stats use 1.3 to count.
How many people, other than the operator, were inside the streetcar? A CLRV can hold 102, but in crush mode can hold 132. The new low-floor streetcars could hold even more.
Shows how selfish Rob is.
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Don Peat is the City Hall bureau chief for the Toronto Sun. He covers municipal affairs at Toronto City Hall, a beat that has him writing about everything from garbage to transit to taxes to multimillion-dollar spending scandals.