Dear Ward 43 Neighbours,
This month at Executive Committee the proposed subway station construction at the Scarborough Town Centre was reviewed. The project budget has gone from last year's $2 Billion projectto the current estimate of $3.5 billion….and climbing. I continue to stand by my decision not to support this project as the initial and escalating costs do not reflect a good investment for public transit for Scarborough.
The funds should be used to create a network of public transit which reaches into our communities to truly address our urgent transit needs. The increasing costs of the Scarborough subway extension is jeopardizing public transit in Scarborough East.
Most recently as a result of the increase in costing for the Scarborough Town Centre project, the TTC notified me that they would not be approving our Ward 43 community bus project. I along with many residents have been advocating for a community bus where the TTC approved a route over 5 years ago. TTC CEO Andy Byford advised that a community bus could not be introduced as this time noting the TTC faces a very tough financial challenges preventing new additional services for now, but will keep the request under active review. I am disappointed with this development.
With the cost of the subway station increasing, it pulls monies away from the Eglinton East LRT. A project which will bring transit and much needed development along Kingston Road, Lawrence Avenue East and Morningside Avenue where it is urgently needed and to residents in our area who live in one of four designated Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.
I understand why Scarborough Centre wants the Scarborough Subway, but the cost of this one stop subway into their community far exceeds the benefits to the entire community of Scarborough which is starved for public transit.
I have tried to illustrate why the LRT should be built instead of the subway but have been quickly shot down by all my Scarborough colleagues and a number of MPPs as "not wanting to get Scarborough what it deserves." All of Scarborough deserves better public transit. This subway station is not it.
I encourage everyone to please to email Mayor John Tory Mayor_Tory@toronto.ca and advise him an 18 stop LRT better serves Scarborough. Please copy me on your emails Councillor_Ainslie@toronto.ca
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