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Too many government bodies overseeing transit: Hudak

10/12/2012 09:19 EDT | Updated 12/12/2012 05:12 EST
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said too many government bodies are impairing transit planning in Toronto, causing political gridlock as traffic congestion in the city worsens.

Speaking Friday on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, Hudak said authority for Toronto’s subway and light rail lines should be uploaded to Metrolinx, the province’s regional transit authority.

“What was very frustrating to watch was this recent circus we had around transit funding,” Hudak told Metro Morning host Matt Galloway. “There’s a lot of cooks in the kitchen if you will, but nobody is in charge. Nothing gets done at the end of the day.”

Hudak’s comments come one day after his party released a discussion paper called Paths to Prosperity. In it, the PC leader calls for the city to invest in subways instead of surface transit options such as light rail.

The policy paper didn’t spell out how to pay for future subways, saying only they would be build when "finances are available."

Galloway pressed Hudak on how a Tory government would find money for subways — which cost significantly more than light rail lines — as the province struggles to pay down its $13-billion deficit.

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