Mayor-elect John Tory pledges to foster cooperation on transit file
WATCH: Toronto’s new mayor is getting down to business on the city’s transit plans. SmartTrack was one of John Tory’s key campaign promises and on Monday he met with his transition team to discuss the plan’s future.
TORONTO – Mayor-elect John Tory intends to bring a sense of cohesion and cooperation to the decision-making table in order to tackle Toronto’s transit file.
“Cooperation is key. Even money comes down to cooperation,” Tory told his transition team and senior members of Metrolinx and the TTC at a meeting on transit Monday morning.
“They [public] want results. They want choices and decisions made and stuck with,” Tory said. “They want things built and they want reasonable, dependable service levels. They have the right to expect that.”
Earlier this month, Tory said he had already started work on his SmartTrack plan at the municipal and provincial levels.
He told reporters on Nov. 10 that he hopes to release a SmartTrack study timeline in the near future including having further discussions about funding the project.
“We have a number of things under construction which are going to make a difference but we’ve also had decades, it seems, where we didn’t do as much as we should have,” said Tory.
“We had a continuing apparent atmosphere of confrontation, or at least a sort of semi-chaos, where nobody was really sure who was in charge.”
Tory – who won’t be sworn in as mayor until Dec. 2 – held a similar meeting with his transition staff earlier this month on affordable housing.