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New report suggests Toronto's subway plan is on the wrong track

Transit consultant says Toronto could find better transit solutions for less money

The new Scarborough subway extension will cost almost $2 billion and thanks to a property tax hike to foot part of the bill, Toronto ratepayers will fork over cash for the next 30 years to pay for it.

However, details surfaced on Wednesday about a new report that suggests the extension of the Bloor-Danforth line to the Scarborough Town Centre has no real benefits.

The report was funded by the Neptis Foundation and obtained by the Toronto Star.

It is written by an independent transit consultant who suggests the line will only be about 5 minutes faster than the existing Scarborough RT and won't attract many new riders.

It recommends spending that money to combine the Sheppard subway route, planned LRT line, and Scarborough RT, instead of building a short subway line.

It also recommends more frequent GO transit service on all routes.

TTC Chair Karen Stintz tells the paper there is a business case to build a subway out to Scarborough Town Centre and it's time to build transit, not talk about it.

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  1. AC posted on 12/11/2013 10:49 AM
    of course it's a waste of tax payer money. but some just have to play ego politics instead of listening to the professionals at taxpayer expense.
    it won't get built i predict. too many election cycles coming up. it will revert back to LRT's as it should be
  2. REALITY BITES posted on 12/11/2013 01:39 PM
    Yet another example of Ford stupidity.

    Will Ford Nation ever get it?
  3. Karl Burgin posted on 12/11/2013 01:47 PM
    "The report was funded by the Neptis Foundation and obtained by the Toronto Star."

    Of course- go figure. Anything to continue the wet dreams of those- as illustrated by the above, obviously 'well thought out' comments.
  4. AC posted on 12/11/2013 01:59 PM
    whatever support K. Stintz had for mayor before this political vote she has now lost a lot of it. I had some support for her before. thought she was being intelligent and tough in fighting back Ford with his foolish policies, but now that she decided to play politics of her own. sorry! i predict also when she sees her numbers towards the end of the mayoral race she will drop out
    1. Galileo posted on 12/11/2013 03:11 PM
      @AC Ms. Stintz showed a lot of promise at the beginning of her career at City Hall. Unfortunately she has proven herself to be a backstabbing political opportunist.

      We need more people like Doug Holyday running the show down there. Too bad such folks don't appear to exist.
  5. Frankie posted on 12/11/2013 04:46 PM
    IMO Stintz is two-faced and is as trustworthy as the Ontario Liberals.

    The only way to fix this transit mess is to kick all the councillors and politicians out, get transit experts to run the system and plan for the future based on needs not somebody's electoral seat.
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