Jul 14, 2016
By Jane Brown
Toronto’s Mayor has won a critical vote at City Council on the Scarborough Subway.
John Tory convinced two-thirds of councillors to vote for his one stop extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway line to the Scarborough Town Centre, rather than a new light rapid transit line.
“I think it indicates a very strong desire for us to move forward and to actually do what I said, which is to start cut back on the debating of transit and start to ramp up on the building of transit,” Tory told reporters after the vote.
Councillor Josh Matlow lost the vote on his proposal to build a light rapid transit line. Mayor John Tory also received unanimous support for his full Smart Track transit plan.
City councillors have already voted on this issue more than once. In 2013, councillors decided to scrap a plan to replace the aging Scarborough Rapid Transit line with a light rail line along the same route. They decided to approve an extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway line instead. The cost of that extension has grown to nearly $3-billion and planners have changed the concept from a three stop line to a one stop express line.
With yesterday’s decisive vote, advocates say progress will be made. Regional express rail is coming, the massive Eglinton Crosstown light rail project is moving ahead, plans for a downtown relief subway line are beginning to take shape, and all three levels of government are aligned on the need to make progress on transit.
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