Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

September 13, 2010 12:13 ET

"Welcome To The Toronto Tunnel," Says Rocco Rossi

Visionary Mayoral Candidate Calls for Underground Extension of Allen Expressway to Downtown Core to Lure Jobs Back to City, Ease Gridlock and Remove Traffic from Local Streets

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2010) - In the boldest move of the mayor campaign, Rocco Rossi called for an extension of the Allen expressway to the downtown core by means of an underground tunnel earlier today.

"Welcome to the Toronto Tunnel," said Rossi, committing to having "shovels in the ground" by the end of his first term as Mayor. "This intersection is where vision meets opportunity," said Rossi standing at the foot of the Allen expressway and Eglinton Avenue West. "Under my plan, we will tunnel the Eglinton subway crosstown and we will tunnel the Allen expressway downtown."

Rossi noted that cities in Switzerland, Australia, Japan and the United States have all completed or have commenced underground transportation projects. "The technology is better than ever," said Rossi.

Rossi noted that Toronto has the worst commute times in North America with the result that Torontonians spend more time waiting in traffic and less time with their families. "There's no quality of life for the drivers lined up here," said Rossi, "or for the in the nearby streets inhaling exhaust fumes from the idling cars."

The main issue for Rossi, however, was jump-starting Toronto's economic growth and encouraging businesses to return to the downtown core.

"Companies and workers would rather establish in the 905 than fight their way into downtown Toronto every day," said Rossi. "I want our kids to have a chance to live and work at good jobs in the city of Toronto."

Rossi said that the project would be funded through a public-private-partnership so that "Torontonians will be able to drive the Toronto Tunnel without driving the city into debt."

Rossi's plan is part of a larger vision for getting Toronto moving again, said Rossi, who indicated that more announcements on the issue would come throughout the week. "This election is about who will take us forward," he said. "I have a vision for Toronto and it all starts with taking back City Hall on October 25th."

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