The Toronto Transit Commission is set to undertake more pricey work along the St. Clair West Right of Way in order to accommodate the new streetcars set to start hitting the tracks next year.
Although the St. Clair West route isn’t expected to see the shiny new accessible streetcars until 2015-2016, the TTC is expected to spend as much as $7-million dollars on that line alone in order to accommodate the ramps on the new streetcars.
“It is a capital budget request. It is a maximum or worst-case if you will. We need to do some survey work along St. Clair on the platforms. They are long enough but they require some alterations to ensure that the ramp that will deploy for the news streetcars can deploy safely and level so that those in mobility devices like wheelchairs and scooters are able to board the news streetcars.”said TTC spokesperson Brad Ross.
Ross says the $7-million price tag is a worst-case scenario and the actual total for the work won’t be known until later in 2014 once the survey work is complete.
The TTC stresses that the right of way will not have to be dug up and the impact on the surrounding community shouldn’t cause major traffic disruptions as the work is isolated to the platforms.
The St. Clair West right of way has been a contentious issue for many residents and business owners along the line who watched the price of construction creep up as poor planning lead to various afterthought projects.
The new streetcars were ordered before the St. Clair West platforms were complete as part of a massive overhaul of the line. That overhaul was originally set to cost $48-million but ballooned to more than $100-million.