Mayor Rob Ford at Soccerworld on Wednesday (Ernest Doroszuk, Toronto Sun)
Mayor Rob Ford came out Wednesday saying Toronto has “a terrible transit system compared to other major cities in the world” and promising, again, to try to phase out streetcars (story here).
Ford’s anti-streetcar rant provided a lot of insight into how he sees transit in Toronto and if you’re a transit fan, you’re probably going to disagree with everything he said.
The mayor argued congestion is “only going to get worse.”
“As Toronto grows there is going to be more cars, there is going to be more congestion,” he said. “There is no magic solution.”
But Ford argued subways were the only form of transit that would get people out of their cars.
“I know one thing, I won’t get on a streetcar,” he said. “If I have an option of driving or streetcar, I want to get in my car.”
Although mayoral candidates John Tory and Karen Stintz have promised to focus on building a downtown relief line as the city’s next major subway project, Ford repeated Wednesday that a downtown relief line is the third most-important line on his subway wish list.
He wants the city to complete the Sheppard subway from the end of the existing stub to the Scarborough Town Centre and then build a Finch subway before focusing on a Downtown Relief Line.
“People are getting ignored up in North York, people are getting ignored in Scarborough,” Ford said.