Members Motion- by Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Paul Ainslie
- City Council request the City Manager to report to the June meeting of Executive Committee on options for Scarborough transit that includes a:
- Technical assessment of moving forward with the Scarborough LRT, including length of construction time and new platform location at Kennedy Station.
- Feasibility study and cost estimate of converting the elevated SRT structure to an above-grade BRT.
- Feasibility study and cost estimate of removing the elevated SRT structure and operating a BRT at-grade
- City Council request the TTC to release the “Integrity Assessment for Life Extension/Continued Operation” report by Bombardier, in partnership with WSP Canada Inc. & CH2MH, referenced in the Fleet Life Extension – Line 3 Scarborough report to the TTC Board on May 8, 2018 to City of Toronto residents as a public attachment to the aforementioned item on the TTC’s website.
The TTC has informed the residents of Toronto that the SRT – Scarborough Line 3 – will no longer run past 2023. This is 3 years sooner than what Council was previously told and would leave Scarborough residents on long bus rides for 7 years if the province builds the still unfunded Scarborough Subway on time.
The TTC has estimated that the discontinuation of SRT service will result in a loss of ridership due to an 18 minute average increase in commute time. It is estimated that this inferior service will cost over $300 million in additional capital and operating costs. Further, the TTC states that the increase in buses will cause traffic delays and impacts on local residential neighbourhoods.
Given the significant impact this discontinuation of service will have on Scarborough residents, and the City as a whole, it is incumbent upon Council to explore every option to mitigate the impact of this service disruption. That’s why, given new information, this motion requests the City Manager to provide a technical assessment of the Scarborough LRT, and options to use the existing SRT right-of-way to run a faster, more efficient bus service.
This motion also requests the release of a Bombardier report from 2018 on the SRT that is critical for Council and the public to have access to given the TTC’s announcement that SRT service is being discontinued in 2 years.
This motion is urgent given the significant impact to the City’s transit operations by the projected discontinuation of the SRT as detailed in the TTC report title SRT Life Extension Project Options Analysis just released on February 10, 2021, and, as a result, the considerable work required of Staff that this motion proposes.