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Duly Quoted: Tim Hudak, on Scrapping LRT Projects

If he's elected premier, say goodbye to Sheppard and Finch LRTs, and say hello to subways.

“If I have a choice between taking out more lanes or actually improving our highways and building underground, I’ll take improving our highways and building underground with subways any day. That’ll make your commute faster. Ripping up the lanes to put in rail down streets? That’s actually going to slow you down.”

-Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak, discussing why it is he’s prepared to scrap the LRT projects planned for Sheppard and Finch (and LRT projects planned for Hamilton and Mississauga) in favour of subways, subways, subways—and two-way commuter trains—if he’s elected premier. The Eglinton LRT, the construction of which is already underway, would be safe, but if he has his way, it would act only as a prelude to a different kind of project: he would focus on an “east-west express subway” that would run south of Bloor Street, and on an eastward extension of the Sheppard subway.

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