Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

September 13, 2010 14:01 ET

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor: Toronto Tunnel Q&A

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2010) -

Question: How much will the Toronto Tunnel study cost?

Answer: The cost of the study to determine specifications for the Toronto Tunnel will represent a negligible portion of Toronto's overall operating budget. My plans to reduce the Mayor's salary, halve the number of City Councillors and eliminate waste will more than offset the cost and ensure that no increase in overall spending is required.

Question: How will the Toronto Tunnel project be funded?

Answer: There are a variety of financing models that have been used in different jurisdictions to fund similar projects in a fiscally responsible way. A public-private-partnership could work particularly well for this project, but Rocco Rossi will not take any options off the table.

Question: How much will the Toronto Tunnel project cost?

Answer: A determination of an exact cost estimate will require an engineering report. However, similar projects in Switzerland, Australia, Los Angeles, Seattle, Nanjing, and some underway like in Miami suggest that the cost per mile can be as little as $105 million per kilometre. Keeping costs down will require new accountability measures at City Hall like the ones Rocco Rossi has proposed.

Question: Will the Allen Expressway be turned into a toll road?

Answer: The project is a partnership with the private sector. The recovery of costs will be determined in the study. There could be a role for tolls for the Toronto Tunnel-portion of the Allen Expressway.

Question: What route will the Toronto Tunnel take?

Answer: The Allen Tunnel will begin where the Allen Expressway ends at Eglinton Avenue and continue to the Gardiner Expressway. An engineering report will be required to determine exact specifications.

Question: Will the Toronto Tunnel disrupt residential neighbourhoods?

Answer: No. The Tunnel will not disrupt a single neighbourhood, street or family home. In fact, it will divert traffic directly downtown which currently exits the Allen Expressway into neighbourhoods, thus reducing traffic levels in residential areas.

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