Political agendas given priority. Planning and policy, contaminated by false/tweaked data, changing costs, and ever-changing opinions. Expert advice, best practices, and even approved funding – cancelled and/or ignored.
This is Toronto – namely the TTC, the planners, and the politicians, today.
A $2-3 billion price tag, perhaps even more, for a 1-stop subway extension, that almost nobody sees of value, carrying passengers with LRT density levels, at best.
The world has a right to laugh. Even when we’re handed a silver platter of funds/plans/partners, to get transit right, we screw it up.
Metrolinx, please take over, end this political circus – and get us moving!
For the benefit of out-of-town readers who may not follow the moment-to-moment upheavals in Toronto politics, the lastest news about the Scarborough Subway is that it will cost $900 million more than originally forecast, and the Eglinton East LRT line has gone up by $600 million.
Updated 10:45pm June 17: The increase in the Eglinton LRT line’s cost may only be $100m, not $600m. Awaiting further details to confirm this.
No details of the components of these increases have been published yet, but here are the current (as of 6:45 pm on June 17) media reports:
- The Star: Mayor John Tory accused of ‘political posturing’ as Scarborough transit plans balloon by $1 billion
- The Globe & Mail: Scarborough subway cost rises by $900-million
- Torontoist: The Bad Decision on the Scarborough Subway Extension Gets Worse
Earlier this year, the much-touted “optimized” plan for Scarborough changed the subway scheme…
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