The backward experimental Bombardier design Bob_01 referred to is the linear induction motor system of SkyTrain and the Scarborough RT line. That technology and the driving force behind its implementation was actually an Ontario crown corporation known as Urban Transportation Development Corporation (UTDC). The Scarborough RT line was initially going to be some form of high-speed streetcar but the provincial government intervened most of the way through construction and decided to use their new linear induction motor technology. They ripped up the new street car tracks, built a grade separated guideway and built the rolling stock. UTDC also sold a trainset to Vancouver that was operational for the 1986 'Expo86' World's Fair.
Wikipedia has a good history of the Scarborough RT project http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarborough_RT
After the debacle of cost overruns, poor cold weather performance, a fight with the transit union to have the automated cars driven by people, and the generally poor reception of the train set by the public, the provincial government sold the UTDC assets to Bombardier which has gone on to build rapid transit lines in Vancouver, New York, and Kuala Lampur to the tune of several billion dollars worth contracts.
Back to the topic of this thread; I have no problem with the city charging a transit assessment on parking lots. TransLink in Vancouver is doing the same thing. The suburban malls are furious but the urban businesses are largely keeping quiet since they know how much of the business comes from transit riders. After the prolonged transit strike in 2001 I seem to remember reading that Pacific Centre, the most profitable mall in BC lost 40% of its business during the strike.
I think the mayor could have put a better spin on the tax but the bottom line is that cities have very few means of raising revenue and this time around the hammer is falling on parking lots.