03/01/2012 10:24 EST | Updated 05/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Toronto Subway Plan: Casino, Tolls Could Finance Extension, Says Toronto Councillor Doug Ford


Toronto Coun. Doug Ford said Thursday it was time to think "outside the box" to find new ways to fund an extension to the Sheppard subway line.

Among the possibilities mentioned were a casino in his North Etobicoke Ward, a transit lottery and the idea of widening city highways to create toll lanes.

"If there was a way of building an additional couple lanes going down the Gardener and DVP, we would consider road tolls," Ford said.

"All of us would pay an extra three bucks to get downtown. It takes me over an hour. So that's just an idea, we gotta come up with ideas."

Ford spoke following his brother Mayor Rob Ford's meeting with Toronto property developers to gain support for the subway extension.

Doug Ford stressed Thursday that the mayor would not bring back the vehicle registration tax — which the mayor scrapped shortly after coming into office.

Council meets on March 21 — delayed from March 15 — to decide whether to build an LRT on Sheppard or a subway extension.