The latest in wholly unsurprising news: the Eglinton Crosstown is going to be insanely expensive

The latest in wholly unsurprising news: the Eglinton Crosstown is going to be insanely expensive

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The Eglinton Crosstown light rail line—the public transit project that’s proving Rob Ford can’t just bury things he doesn’t like—is Canada’s most expensive infrastructure project, according to the good folks at ReNew Canada (an infrastructure renewal magazine that, don’t worry, we’d never heard of either). The project climbed to the top spot this year thanks to Ford’s ideologically driven demand polite request that the line go completely underground. It’s no secret that the rising cost of the Eglinton project, coupled with Ford’s delusional Sheppard dreams, should give the mayor’s political opponents ample ammunition to use against him—and to try to revive Transit City (yeah right!). Take this choice talking point for example: “The cost for the Eglinton line represents about one third of the $25.4 billion spent on transit projects across the country.” Yikes. Read the entire story [Toronto Star] »