Councillor Josh Matlow

Internal Metrolinx report found Scarborough subway ‘not a worthwhile use of money’

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Jennifer Pagliaro
Toronto Star

A woman waits for the train at the Bloor/Yonge subway station. A 2013 Metrolinx report comparing a subway system to light rail transit system for Scarborough found subway ridership would be 11,000, well short of subway’s maximum capacity of 25,000 and well below that of an LRT’s 15,000-person capacity.

Is the Scarborough subway a waste of money?

That essential question will again be raised at council this week after audit committee denied a motion from Councillor Josh Matlow last month to have a city watchdog provide the answer.

In 2013, council scrapped a fully-funded, seven-stop light rail transit (LRT) line to replace the aging Scarborough RT and voted instead to build a three-stop subway that at the time would cost at least $2 billion more, there has never been a comprehensive comparison of the costs and benefits between the two options.

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