Too many government bodies overseeing transit: Hudak

Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak speaks to Metro Morning host Matt Galloway about his plan to upload Toronto transit planning authority to the province.

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Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said too many government bodies are impairing transit planning in Toronto, causing political gridlock as traffic congestion in the city worsens.

Speaking Friday on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, Hudak said authority for Toronto’s subway and light rail lines should be uploaded to Metrolinx, the province’s regional transit authority.  

"What was very frustrating to watch was this recent circus we had around transit funding," Hudak told Metro Morning host Matt Galloway. "There’s a lot of cooks in the kitchen if you will, but nobody is in charge. Nothing gets done at the end of the day."

Hudak’s comments come one day after his party released a discussion paper called Paths to Prosperity. In it, the PC leader calls for the city to invest in subways instead of surface transit options such as light rail.

The policy paper didn’t spell out how to pay for future subways, saying only they would be build when "finances are available."

Galloway pressed Hudak on how a Tory government would find money for subways — which cost significantly more than light rail lines — as the province struggles to pay down its $13-billion deficit.

The following exchange ensured:

Hudak: "You build subways if you have that opportunity. You’ve got to be practical about this, you have to be realistic ... If there are options on the table that allow you to put in subways the answer is yes."