Mayor Ford - try commuting by TTC!

Mayor Rob Ford wants to cancel a fully funded plan to build a network of light-rail transit lines that will run all across the City of Toronto, in favour one short subway line to northeast Scarborough.

This is what he said about it in a recent interview with the Globe:

"Eventually, I'm sure we can build the subways. It's more expensive, but that's what the people want. People in North York and Scarborough, they want that line connected to the Scarborough Town Centre. If I heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times."

Even if that means cancelling or postponing indefinitely rapid transit in his own former ward of Etobicoke North?

"They have transit," he laughed. "It sounds like we're... we have transit. People get to the slots, they get to Woodbine racetrack, people get to Humber College. There are buses that run up there.

"Eventually, I'd like to have subways running through the whole city. But what we can afford realistically, right now, is just Sheppard, right?"

Would Rob Ford find commuting by bus so funny if he ever tried it? Let's challenge him to try it for a week: try commuting from his house in Etobicoke to his office in City Hall before Council votes on any changes to the Transit City plan.

Dear Mayor Ford,

We appreciate your commitment to building subways in Toronto but we wonder whether we will be able to find enough funding in the near future to build a subway system that serves all the neighbourhoods that currently rely on crowded and unreliable buses.

It would be tragic if as a result of your desire to cancel Transit City, large pockets of this city remains stuck on buses for decades to come.

We wonder if you would still feel the same way if you tried taking the bus.

We the undersigned ask you to commute from your house in Etobicoke to your office in City Hall, every day for one week.  We'd like you to do this before Council votes on any changes to Transit City.

Thank you for considering our request.
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