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Compromise Sought In Subway Impasse

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A compromise on the method of financing could bring withdrawal of suburban opposition to the Bloor-University subway, Mimico’s Mayor W.A. Edwards suggested last night. He favored a conference immediately between Metro authorities and representatives of the five suburban municipalities which have until next Jan. 10 to determine whether they go on to the Supreme Court of Canada with the subway issue.

Mr. Edwards said the suburbs involved should be willing to explore any alternative which would eliminate a 2 mill surtax over the next 10 years to help pay the municipal share of the $200,000,000 project.

Use of the surtax was supported in a decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal on Monday which ruled against an appeal by the five suburbs the Ontario Municipal Board’s right to authorize Metro adoption of the special levy.

Reeve Waffle of Etobicoke said his municipality was not anti-subway but was concerned with the financing. He said Etobicoke Council and its solicitors will require some time to examine the 15-page report on the Appeal Court decision before deciding on future legal action.

TTC chairman Lamport said subway construction could be started immediately and the University Ave. section from Front St. to Bloor St. could be completed by the January, 1962, target date if the suburbs took no further legal action.

Until the action of the five suburbs is known the TTC is unable to obtain financing from Metro Council to employ subway specialists who will be responsible for preparing detailed construction specifications.

If the suburbs decide to take no additional steps Metro Council will be called upon to approve a land expropriation bylaw on the subway route. This will authorize the TTC to establish a special real estate bureau to acquire properties. The TTC would start relocating underground municipal services in the Front St. and University Ave. area and transfer a number of monuments on University Ave. for the duration of the construction period.