Updated — Tuesday, October 30, 9:08 a.m.
Immediately after considering and endorsing a staff report declaring the downtown relief line a priority during its October 24 meeting, the Toronto Transit Commission also passed two motions from commissioners to study the feasiblity of extending the 2 Bloor - Danforth and 4 Sheppard subways to Scarborough Centre.
By approving the two motions, the Commission, in theory, hoped to complete a subway loop across the northern and eastern sections of the city, but, in reality, also reopened the possibility of another round divisive debates pitching subway proponents against those who prefer light rail transit.
City Council approved the plan to build four LRTs — instead of the subways Mayor Rob Ford advocated — back in March. The TTC is about to sign a master agreement with Metrolinx to allow construction, which the provincial government is funding, to proceed.
I was going to editorialize here about City Councillors and their propensity to study transit proposals to death — without ever allowing anyone to build something — anything. But better writers than I have already done so.
- Metro Toronto’s Ford for Toronto post, “Studied to Death: TTC calls for Scarborough subway reports again”, here.
- Steve Munro’s post, “TTC Madness: A Subway For Everyone”, here.
- Torontoist post, “TTC Backs Downtown Relief Line, Reopens Scarborough and Sheppard Subway Debates”, here.
and, for an opposite point of view, read,