The Stars Edward Keenan gets a pre look at councils King Street priority transit corridor, he reveals no new bike lanes.

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By EDWARD KEENAN
Mon., Feb. 13, 2017

 

Anyone who was gearing up for a fight over a car-free King St. can stand down.

 

The Star was given an advance look at the long-awaited proposals under consideration for the pilot project.

When the options are publicly presented at a meeting Monday night,

all will include space on the road for automobiles.

 

Perhaps controversially, none of the proposals will include bike lanes

. Two of the three proposals give more space to pedestrians and public realm improvements such as seating or patios. And all are intended, first and foremost, to “move people” by giving priority on the road to streetcars, according to Toronto general manager of transportation Barbara Gray and chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat.

“Transit first is the frame around which we’re going to lead this decision,” Gray says.

“The objective is to create a transit priority corridor. The objective isn’t to create a car-free corridor,’” Keesmaat says. “It’s about being transformational, improving streetcar operations, and innovative placemaking.”

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and the other side, at the Toronto Sun, the paper publishes a text by Mr Tory himself, rather Trumpish.

 

Mr Tory writes, that he will speaking about,

All text below Mr Tory, The mayor.

Running 800 subway cars, 200 streetcars and 1,900 buses to transport 544 million riders this year.
Providing funding to carry 1 million more Wheel-Trans passengers than last year.
Giving more powers to Transit Enforcement Officers to help keep traffic moving, freeing up police resources for where they’re needed most.
Buying 783 new buses.
Finishing the rollout of Presto across the system.
Upgrading signals on Line 1 so we can run subway trains more frequently and more reliably.
Opening the subway extension to York University.
Continuing the opening of the subway earlier on Sundays.
Keeping the provision for kids to ride free on the TTC.
Continuing work on the Scarborough Subway Extension.
There is still a lot more work to do to address TTC service and transit expansion in Toronto. But I am proud this year’s budget invests $80 million more into the TTC.

There is still a lot more work to do to address TTC service and transit expansion in Toronto. But I am proud this year’s budget invests $80 million more into the TTC.

The 2017 budget and the TTC, under Chair Colle’s leadership, will make a difference in the way people get around the city.

At executive committee last week, I asked the TTC’s chief financial and administration officer Vincent Rodo about this year’s budget.

Rodo — a 30-year veteran of TTC budgeting — summed it up unequivocally.

“$80 million is by a long shot the largest single year increase we’ve ever had,” he told the committee.

That’s good news for transit riders and it is good news for our city.

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