March 28, 2017
Mayor John Tory says city council should be debating the finer points of the Scarborough subway plan rather than trying to scrap it and go back to a proposed light rail alternative. (John Rieti/CBC)
The issue of the Scarborough subway extension returned to city hall on Tuesday and Mayor John Tory, who is in favour of the extension, is promising to continue fighting critics of the project. However, some councillors still want the city to go back to a light-rail plan to serve the area and intend on using the meeting to raise that option once again.
Councillor Josh Matlow questions the choice to build a one-stop subway extension given that the LRT is projected to be significantly cheaper than the subway. This would mean that both the seven-stop line to replace the aging Scarborough RT and Eglinton East LRT could be built with the $3.56 billion allotted for Scarborough transit. Currently, the Scarborough subway alone is set to use up most of that funding, leaving the city searching for more funding. Those critical of the subway extension insist that the city has lacked transparency and provided misinformation in the design process for the subway thus far.