By Ryan McGreal
Published August 28, 2012
The City of Toronto is not contributing any capital dollars to the $6 billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT, according to TTC Chair Karen Stintz.
The Toronto Councillor for Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence, confirmed in an email response to RTH, "The TTC will not have to pay for any of the capital costs of construction or vehicle procurement."
Both Metrolinx and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation have been evasive on the matter of Toronto's contribution to other Metrolinx-managed transit projects across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Finally, an MTO spokesperson acknowledged, "The Province is the primary funding source for the projects and will retain ownership and control," but would not specify whether Toronto is contributing any money.
According to Stintz, the ongoing maintenance agreements for the Eglinton Crosstown line, which will be owned by Metrolinx, "continue to be negotiated so that may explain the reluctance of Metrolinx or MTO to give you a straight answer."
Last week, Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina said in a CBC Hamilton interview that he was told by Minister of Transport Bob Chiarelli that Hamilton would have to pay some of the cost of the planned east-west B-Line LRT here.
Neither the MTO nor the Mayor have said whether a specific dollar amount or percentage was discussed.
Metrolinx has said that it will not make a funding decision on the B-Line until after it completes an Investment Strategy due June 2013.
A conserative-leaning Toronto Councillor, Stintz was appointed to Chair the TTC by Mayor Rob Ford. Early this year, Stintz led crucial Council votes in support of Toronto's Transit City model of integrated light rail transit lines, against the opposition of Mayor Ford.
This summer, Stintz and TTC vice chair Glenn De Baeremaeker proposed a comprehensive transit plan for Toronto, called OneCity, that would be partially funded by the municipality through a 2 percent property tax.
Stintz was undeterred, saying, "We don't want to be the city that talks about transit any more. We want to be the city that builds transit."