Councillor Josh Matlow

Statement by Councillor Josh Matlow on Metrolinx Finally Admitting that the Scarborough Subway Does not Provide Good Value for Money to Residents Who Need Transit Now

Today, Metrolinx is admitting the Scarborough Subway is not a worthwhile project. The transit agency released the first public report that confirms what academics and transit experts have been saying for the past decade – that the ridership and large geography of Scarborough won’t be well served by a 3-stop subway.

The report also conclusively dispels the long-standing myth that the Scarborough subway extension will generate 14,000 riders during the morning rush hour- just on the verge of justifying a subway. This false figure was used by Scarborough Subway proponents to win a crucial City Council vote in 2013. The report estimates ridership between Scarborough Town Centre and Kennedy station at 12,300 passengers during the morning peak period, which is well within the capacity of an LRT (16,000 passengers per hour capacity).

Scarborough residents are finally being told the truth—that an LRT transit network will serve more people for far less money—and should be built before the SRT falls apart. For more information, please see this report from Metrolinx.

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