03/22/2012 03:50 EDT

Rob Ford Subway Plan Goes Down To Defeat


TORONTO -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has lost his transit battle after city council voted against his subway plan.

City councillors voted 24-19 in favour of a motion to build light-rail transit to the east end along Sheppard Avenue instead of a subway, something Ford had pushed hard for.

The decision came on the second day of a heated, special meeting after Ford abruptly shut down the debate Wednesday night.

Most councillors had expressed support for the light-rail option, which they say is cheaper and would serve more people sooner.

The funding for such a project is already in place.

An expert panel commissioned by council has endorsed light-rail as the best option, but Ford has said the panel is biased.

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