Transit City Kneejerking / by Simmon Li

I know I posted a link to a Transit City Rally on my Facebook wall a few weeks ago, but I can't help but wonder how much those rallies actually help the cause. As far as I know, the Eglinton Crosstown is pretty much slated to continue as planned (at least, that's the reading I've gotten from snippets of news I've read). The only portion of Transit City in dispute right now by Ford, as far as I understand, is the Sheppard line. The Don Mills line has not been mentioned at all, nor has the Jane line. It's still too soon to be rallying to "Save Transit City". It should be more appropriately called "Save the Sheppard LRT!" The Sheppard line is the only thing (so far) that has been publicly opposed by Ford's administration, and even then, they haven't actually gone into the paperwork and nitty gritty to figure it all out. The rhetoric is there, but the gravy train can toot all it wants: it still has to deal with council.

I understand that people are concerned about the rhetoric towards Transit City that the Mayor has used but I think it's important to keep in mind that talk is talk, and more importantly, there has been very little in the way of a solid plan to change or revise Transit City from this incoming administration.

Send your emails, and voice your opinion, but until an actual plan is unveiled for the public to take a look at, I don't think a rally will serve the intention. It's just a show that will be interpreted as anti-Ford. At this point in the pipeline, I think we would do much better to express displeasure by calling and emailing. Similar to "proportional response". Show that we care, but save the big guns for when something solid is on the table.

I feel like this rally activity doesn't really amount to much but alarmist, knee-jerk reaction. There's nothing solid written down, and Ms Stintz seems to have moderate positions regarding the plan vs Ford's explosive rhetoric (and that's what it is). He said these things to get elected, and he's trying to get his election agenda through right now. It's only a matter of time before one of his election promises falls through, and he realizes he has to be collaborative with the rest of Toronto that didn't vote for him.