Dec 09, 2022

By Jane Brown

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Toronto’s mayor says a public inquiry is not the solution to find out why it’s taking so long for the Eglinton LRT to open.

John Tory says an inquiry is too lengthy of a process and at taxpayer expense, when he says what’s needed is a firm date for the 19-kilometre light rail line to open.

Both Toronto City Councillors Mike Colle and Josh Matlow represent wards along the Eglinton LRT line and are calling for a public inquiry.

When Councillor Matlow found out Friday morning that Mayor Tory said a public inquiry would be ineffective, Matlow responded by saying he cannot disagree with the mayor more.

“And I think that’s irresponsible to just negate this before hearing the arguments for it,” Matlow explained to CP24, “I mean the reality is, this project has been mismanaged. Business owners and people who live along Eglinton have suffered…We all want the transit to be built but we want it to be built well, effectively and in a responsible way. This has been the opposite of that and they are just about to begin projects like the Ontario line.”

Matlow says a public inquiry is necessary to learn lessons so that the model that was used for the Eglinton LRT does not happen again.

Leaked documents from Metrolinx, reported Thursday by the CBC, say Crosslinx Transit Solutions does not have a credible plan to complete the Eglinton LRT.

The most recent delayed date for its opening is September of next year.

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