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Editorial: Hold fire on TTC move

The TTC is everyone’s favourite whipping boy these days. So when it became known this week that the transit commission is considering a move into a brand new headquarters building, there was a predictable political reaction.

Mayoral candidate George Smitherman held a news conference to say the idea “stinks.” And Councillor Karen Stintz called it “extremely disheartening.”

But before everyone jumps to conclusions, we should consider the alternatives. The TTC is now headquartered in a 54-year-old building at Yonge and Davisville that needs $30 million in repairs and upgrades. Some of its staff are scattered in other buildings around the city. It may make more economic sense to bring them all together in one new building and sell off the old site for redevelopment.

TTC Chair Adam Giambrone says the move won’t proceed unless a cost-benefit analysis “clearly shows cost savings.” The TTC board voted Thursday to have staff work out the details and report back in the summer. That seems a sensible way to proceed.