Mayor Ford looks set for another skirmish over subways
Mayor Rob Ford says building a subway extension to Scarborough Town Centre is more important than a relief line for Toronto's downtown.
On Friday, he re-iterated his position that the city's first transit priority should be completing the Sheppard Line.
The mayor made the comments while talking about how the new Federal budget might help the city.
Even though Ford's first push for a subway to Scarborough fell apart last year, he insists there's been a resurgence of support at City Hall.
"There's an emerging council consensus on building a subway to Scarborough Town Centre," he says.
"We should finish what we started by closing the loop from Don Mills and extending it to Downsview."
Both TTC Chair Karen Stintz and TTC CEO Andy Byford have said that Toronto urgently needs a new subway line in the downtown core to alleviate crowding on the Yonge and Yonge-University-Spadina lines.
While Ford admitted that a so-called downtown relief line is important, he says "it is not as important as a subway to Scarborough."
Ford says he will keep pushing to bring a subway to Scarborough Town Centre because that is what he was elected to do.
"We should finish what we started. The people in Scarborough need, want, and will get a subway," Ford says.
In the coming weeks, Toronto will ask the Federal government for transit funding from a national, $53-billion infrastructure fund that was extended in the 2013 budget.
However, its up to City Hall to get on the same page because Ottawa will not release any money until it is clear exactly how it will be spent.