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OneCity transit plan, property tax hike buried by Toronto city council

OneCity Transit Map

The highly-publicized OneCity transit plan expansion and proposed property tax hike have been essentially thwarted by Toronto city council at a meeting Wednesday.

The plan, unveiled by TTC chair Karen Stintz and vice-chair Glenn de Baeremaeker in late June, never reached the council chamber floor and was quickly shot down by both the province and numerous councillors.

Instead, councillors moved their attention to attempting to expand the Bloor-Danforth subway line into Scarborough. But that too was shot down, on the grounds that council had already approved an LRT line for the area earlier this year.

The province has also said it won’t consider changing from LRT to a subway, which would cost about $500 million more.

Stintz’s original OneCity proposal was a $30 million, 30 year investment and would have seen:

  • six new subway lines:
  • 10 new light rail transit lines
  • five new bus and streetcar routes

In addition, the plan was calling for an automatic 1.9 per cent property tax hike over for years. If adopted, homeowners would have been on the hook for around an extra $45 in the first year, accumulating to $180 in the final year.

Council did vote 43-1 in favour of an reviewing transit priorities in the Official Plan Review.

After Friday, council is on summer break until Oct. 2.

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