Duly Quoted: Karen Stintz
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Duly Quoted: Karen Stintz

The TTC Chair breaks with Mayor Rob Ford over the buried Eglinton LRT.

“It makes more sense not to bury it.”

—TTC Chair Karen Stintz (Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence), coming out against Rob Ford on the matter of whether the Eglinton LRT line should be entirely buried (as he wants it) or buried only underneath the busiest central part of the city, and above ground for the eastern portion of the route (as called for by the original Transit City plan). This is a major break with the mayor who appointed her to the powerful post as head of the TTC, and despite Stintz’s strong support of Ford’s proposed cuts during last week’s budget debate, it immediately triggered speculaton about whether the mayor would fire her over this public defiance. Perhaps trying to blunt the effect of her opposition, Stintz went on to say that savings accrued from building above ground should be put towards another Ford transit project: a Sheppard subway.