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Historic Transit Victory: Council votes for Rapid Transit Now!

On February 8th 2012, Council voted YES to rapid transit for Toronto!

The morning started with nearly 24,000 petitions and letters from Torontonians asking for efficient, reliable rapid transit to be built now.

TTCriders members and TEA canvassers and volunteers collected thousands of letters and petitions over the last year - and our hard work paid off!

The Council vote was a great example of councillors from all over the city considering their residents, and voting for effective transit that will keep our air clean!

Read more on the TTCriders website.

Read the Council decision here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2012.CC17.1

On Wednesday February 8th, Council voted on Toronto's transit future at a special Council meeting. TTC Chair Karen Stintz  moved the Metrolinx LRT transit expansion plan to be voted on by Council.

Councillor Stintz’s LRT plan will deliver the rapid transit Torontonians want. 

This plan is based on solid transit principles, will see rapid transit built quickly, underground where it is needed, to all parts of the city, and it’s completely paid for by the Province. 

Councillor Stintz’s plan calls for four Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines to be built: the Eglinton Crosstown (underground from Keele St to Laird Ave and at grade from Leslie Street to Kennedy Station); replacing the current Scarborough RT with LRT and expanding it north to Sheppard Ave; along Sheppard Ave East from Don Mills Station to Morningside Ave; along Finch Ave west from the new Finch West Station to Humber College.

These new LRT lines will have almost no impact on existing car lanes as there is enough space to build new lanes on these wide suburban avenues.

TTCriders launched an e-petition that allows Torontonians to send an email to their Councillor showing their support for the plan.

  • Click here to see the letter signed by 24 Councilliors calling for a special City Council meeting to approve the LRT Plan.
  • Click here to see TTC Chair Stintz’s Letter to Metrolinx in support the original  LRT plan.

Read the TTCriders' February 6th press release calling on Councillors to support Stintz's plan.

Read more about the value of the LRT plan vs the unfunded subway plan here.