Howard Hampton and the NDP Support Comprehensive Transit Plan



    QUEEN'S PARK, ON, April 12 /CNW/ - NDP Leader Howard Hampton says a
subway line to York University needs to be part of a comprehensive plan for
Toronto's transit.
    "New Democrats have supported a subway to York University for a long time
and that has not changed," said Hampton. "What we want to see is a real plan
to meet the needs of Toronto families. The best people to set transit
priorities are the people who actually run the system - not politicians
looking for election announcements."
    The people who run Toronto's transit system have raised questions about
whether York University should be built before other equally pressing transit
needs.
    TTC Commissioner Adam Giambrone said, "We're frustrated in some ways we
don't get to decide where you spend the transit dollars. If we have limited
dollars there are better ways to service more people and get more riders - or
better serve existing riders - than the York subway." (Toronto Star, March 7,
2007)
    Rob MacIsaac, Chair of the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority said,
"The subway is significant inasmuch as it traverses municipal boundaries.
(But) ... the really heavy lifting in terms of integration and co-ordination
has yet to occur." (Toronto Star, March 7, 2007)
    Howard Hampton and the NDP support reliable, predictable and increased
transit funding so Toronto and other municipalities can meet the needs of
Ontario families. The people who run Toronto's transit system should be
setting those priorities.





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