TORONTO - Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has rolled out his party's transportation plan with a pledge to expand GO Transit service, build a cross-town Toronto subway and have the province take partial control of transit in the city.

Hudak says if elected his government would spend up to $2 billion annually on transit in the Greater Toronto Area once the budget is balanced -- something he says will create 96,000 jobs.

The Tories would see the provincial government take over subway lines operated by the Toronto Transit Commission and build a west-to-east subway line that would be run in partnership with the private sector.

Hudak says trips on GO Transit trains and buses would also run more frequently, and highways would be expanded.

He says the "bold new course" can be done without raising taxes.

The Tory leader had planned to ride the subway up to his announcement on a mid-town Toronto foot bridge, but was forced to ditch that plan after transit police took umbrage with the throng of television cameras following him.