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TTC versus WATERFRONToronto?



The last two posts in this weblog illustrate an inconsistency between two public organizations.

First, WATERFRONToronto is hosting a meeting to update the public on its plans to transform the Central Waterfront area by, among other things, shifting the TTC streetcar tracks south of their present location.

Second, during their meeting next week, the Toronto Transit Commissioners are considering a report urging the TTC to go ahead with its plans to rebuild the tracks in 2012 — regardless of WATERFRONToronto’s plans.

The TTC is worried that the tracks are in such rough shape that it won’t be able to run streetcars next year, unless it starts work later this year on the tracks.

On the other hand, WATERFRONToronto is still trying to secure all its funding to proceed with its original plans — and may not be able to ensure that it has all the necessary funds until later this summer.

Two different arm’s-length City agencies having a public spat is seldom a pleasant spectacle, especially, when as important a project as renewing the Queens Quay area is at stake!

You can read two different reports about this situation:

  • Torontoist: “Queen’s Quay Revitalization About to Get Derailed?”, here.
  • Steve Munro: “Is the TTC Sabotaging Queen’s Quay Redevelopment?”, here.