Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Council Votes in Favour of Light Rail Transit; Ford Says He Won't Give Up: Toronto Council Votes in Favour of Light Rail Transit

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Council Votes in Favour of Light Rail Transit; Ford Says He Won't Give Up: Toronto Council Votes in Favour of Light Rail Transit

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TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford's vision of Toronto's transit future has been defeated at a special city council meeting today.

Toronto city council has voted 25-18 in favour of Toronto Transit Commission chairwoman Karen Stinz's proposal of a light rail transit, in stead of subway.

Stinz wants to revive a plan called Transit City that was approved under former mayor David Miller and places more emphasis on light rail transit moving above ground.

Earlier Wednesday, Ford sent out a special message to supporters urging them to let their councillors know they support underground transit.

The meeting started with councillors offering nearly 20 petitions containing thousands of names, most in favour of light-rail.

After the 11-hour meeting, Ford called the city council vote "irrelevant," saying the project is provincial and the decision is now in the hands of Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Late Monday, Ford sent a letter to taxpayers on Facebook saying the light-rail network his opponents are pushing for would create traffic chaos and lead to years of needless and messy construction.

Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli says now that Council has endorsed a position, the province's Metrolinx agency has been asked to consider the impacts on current transit planning and report back as quickly as possible. …

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