POLITICS

Olivia Chow says if elected Toronto mayor she would invest $15M in bus transit

03/20/2014 02:14 EDT | Updated 05/20/2014 05:59 EDT
TORONTO - Olivia Chow says if she is elected mayor of Toronto she would invest $15 million per year to boost bus service in the city.

Chow says her proposed plan would increase bus capacity during rush hour by 10-per-cent, "so people can ride with more dignity."

She says she was on a packed bus this week and she saw a mother with a baby carriage, unable to move in the crush of people and Chow says that is not acceptable.

Chow says the $15 million — which would go toward bus maintenance, operating costs and hiring new drivers — would come from the existing budget as well as property tax increases based on inflation rates.

The Toronto Transit Commission plans on retiring old buses when new ones are delivered, but Chow says keeping the old ones on the road would mean quicker service.

Chow would not commit to a downtown relief subway line right now because she says there is no clear, realistic proposal of how it will be funded.