The contents of the plan can be summed up as follows:
- Streetcars are bad. TransitCity should not be built because an efficient wide-ranging Light Rail Transit system costs 1/10 as much as an equivalent subway system… but subway promises get votes. Not only should new streetcar lines not be built, but existing lines should be torn out and replaced with buses.
- There’s a war on cars! Let’s stop the war and cater to drivers!
- Bikelanes are fine, but only where they can be added without removing ANY lanes for cars. Any bikeway network system should ONLY exist in ravines, park systems and hydro corridors.
To sum up… nothing new from the Rob Ford team. For a group that wants responsible fiscal management at City Hall, they sure want a lot of money spent on subways.
As well, they don’t seem to notice that EVERY other major city in the world is trying to shift their citizens AWAY from private automobile use… because catering to the car is an inefficient way to plan an urban transportation system. If your city is bogged down in traffic jams, no one can get to where they are going to work, shop and play.
Torontoist sums up the policy release quite well:
Brace yourselves, kids: Rob Ford has released his transportation plan [PDF]. Though we fully expect and look forward to multiple eviscerations of its details in the forthcoming days, in the interim let us just say that this is an astonishing bit of fiction which demonstrates little grasp of transit policy, government relations, or basic arithmetic.
Here’s a video of Ford announcing his Transportation Plan… he doesn’t seem to have read it before: