According to this morning’s Toronto Star, Ottawa is about to announce its support for the Spadina Subway extension to Vaughan along with a bunch of other goodies for the 905. Notable by their complete absence is any transit support for the 416 other than the subway extension.
I’m not going to debate the merits of that line again as everyone reading this site knows my position, but I have a very important question for Stephen Harper, Dalton McGuinty and David Miller:
Where’s the money coming from for the projects we really need to serve the whole city?
Are we facing the same situation we had with Mike Harris when he agreed to fund the Sheppard line, gave us a pot full of money, and then said, in effect, “bugger off, that’s all you’re getting”? Will the Harper crowd think that this announcement is all they will ever have to do for the greater Toronto area?
As my readers know, I have always warned about the Spadina line crowding every other project out of the room for the next 8 years. Will Ottawa and Queen’s Park say “we gave you what you asked for, don’t ask for more”, or the City say “we have over-extended our ability to write new debt, so that new bus you thought was coming next year is on hold”.
To all three levels of government: Please prove me wrong. Soon.