Friday, September 10, 2010

PDP #279: A Car for the Street

It's times like this that I regret having dropped out of the mayoral race. Sure, the media wouldn't be paying any attention, but I would at least be able to volley suggestions, opinions, and a criticisms from a slightly more privileged perch than that of "some guy on Twitter." What defines times like this is frontrunner Rob Ford's transportation "plan" - a plan that shows us all we could fill Roncesvalles Carhouse with what Rob Ford doesn't know about transit. He wants to get rid of our streetcar system, forty years after it survived destruction at the hands of the shortsighted politicians of another era. The rails have been challenged once - maybe they'll make it through again.

Here, CLRV 4024 - bound for the scrapheap if Ford gets his way - pushes east on King Street West toward Yonge Street, with the sun at its back.

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  1. I like some of Ford's ideas -- Toronto does need a change -- but I'm a huge fan of the streetcars so I would hate to see them go.

  2. Considering that the streetcars going under a Mayor Ford would likely involve either the cancellation of the existing $1-billion LRV order with attendant contract cancellation penalties, or a fire sale for micropennies on the dollar in the grand tradition of the 407, I can't say I would like to see them go very much either.

  3. They're an important part of the culture of the city. They carry a lot of people, don't pollute the air on the streets, and run smoothly on rails. Streetcars are great.