Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford has unveiled his transit plans for the city he hopes to lead.
Ford is a lover of cars and a hater of cyclists. He plans to relegate two wheeled vehicles to the ravines of the city where they can spend time with four legged creatures. He'd like to send trade unionists and public employees to the ravines, as well.
As for streetcars, with or without dedicated lanes, Ford wants fewer of them. They slow down the flow of the SUVs.
To help move transit riders, he hopes to put the big bucks into building subways. His plan, with a price tag of $4.8 billion, was likely costed on the back of a lottery ticket. It bears about that much connection with reality.
Ford is supposed to be the "stop-the-gravy-train" guy. He spends sleepless nights counting rate-payers jumping over a fence.
That's why his transit plan is so remarkable. New subways are by far the most expensive way to extend public transit. For every kilometer of additional subway, you can build more than fifteen kilometers (that's a low estimate) of above ground transit lines.
How does Ford plan to pay for his "plan"? He's going to try to hit up Queen's Park for the money. And who pays the bills at Queen's Park? Taxpayers -- a lot of them living in Toronto! So while Ford safeguards the coins in your front pocket, he hopes to extract the folding money from your wallet.
With his Cadillac taste, Rob Ford is Toronto's Goldfinger, the man with the Midas Touch.
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