"I truly believe the majority of councillors have seen the light and they've listened to the taxpayers and they want subways," he said.
The province has already committed $1.8 billion for rapid transit in the city's east end. A subway could cost at least $1 billion more.
The city and province had a signed agreement in place to build light rail in Scarborough, but in May voted to pursue a subway option instead.
Transportation minister Glen Murray says the province is willing to build a Bloor-Danforth subway extension but Premier Kathleen Wynne says the extra money won’t come from provincial funds.
"If that is what the city wants to do, then there has to be a way of funding it," she said. "And I'm pleased the mayor has changed his tune in terms of finding tools to create a revenue stream in order to do that."
Even if council endorses light rail today, there remains lingering questions about the cost.
A city manager's report released last week laid out the following conditions that must be met to pay for a subway. They include:
- The province supplying the full $1.8 billion it had originally committed to the LRT.
- Access to more money generated by changes paid by developers.
- Getting a significant contribution from the federal government, which has so far not committed any money to an east-end subway.
Ford is proposing a .25 per cent tax increase, which leaves funding for the project far from certain.Suggest a correction