Rob Ford

Red Line still the best transit plan

Red Line still the best transit plan

When Rob Ford, Toronto's infamous crack-smoking mayor, entered office in 2010, he did so on a promise to upgrade the city's transit plans.

The previous mayor had planned a comprehensive light rail system that was nearing construction. But Mr. Ford had vowed to scrap the light rail plan in favor of a heavy rail subway system that was faster, flashier and more fitting for Canada's largest city.

Once safely in City Hall, however, Mr. Ford came clean about his subway plan: It was too expensive. So he scrapped it and Toronto got nothing.

As public opinion about transit becomes ever more favorable, it is increasingly unpopular for politicians to come out as anti-transit....