Toronto Bureaucrats Bypass Politicians to Make Waterfront LRT Pitch – The Globe and Mail
Two of Toronto’s top bureaucrats are pushing for a new light-rail line right across the city’s waterfront, taking to higher levels of government their pitch for a route expected to cost hundreds of millions.
Coming during an election race in which polls show transit is the top issue for voters, the idea would resuscitate part of a transit plan that was killed when Mayor Rob Ford persuaded the province to adopt his priorities.
If money can be found, an east-west transit route near the lake could take pressure off the Gardiner and Lakeshore expressways, as well as potentially offering quicker transit access to the downtown for people living in the Liberty Village area.
And it adds the Waterfront West LRT, which last saw the light of day as part of the Transit City plan championed by former mayor David Miller. The Waterfront West LRT has had several variations. After Transit City was cancelled, though, the proposal sank into obscurity.