A report says something everybody already knew: there’s no rationale for building the Sheppard subway
Toronto Star columnist Royson James got his hands on an unreleased report that pretty much dismantles any rationale for building a subway linking Scarborough and North York. The paper is calling it the “TTC subway report Mayor Rob Ford doesn’t want you to read,” and it’s probably an appropriate title. While Ford clings to his Sheppard subway fantasy, the report notes that with job growth in the inner suburbs dramatically lower than expected, office development sluggish and the existing ridership on Sheppard below capacity (despite the influx of new condos along the strip), there simply isn’t a case for building a subway between the two centres. We already knew the city couldn’t fund the Sheppard extension; now it appears there isn’t even a good reason to build it in the first place. Read the entire story [Toronto Star] »
5 thoughts on “A report says something everybody already knew: there’s no rationale for building the Sheppard subway”
Think Ford will drop it now? Neither do I.
The TTC is just protecting union jobs. We all know how the Sheppard subway line has dramatically improved life along that stretch. Meanwhile, ALL OF THE BUILDINGS ON St. Clair West have burned to the ground, because traffic is so bad the fire engines can’t get through.
As a Conservative, like Doug Ford, we know what is actually going on in the city, even though the media doesn’t like to report on how midtown Toronto was gutted by a single streetcar line, or how the Sheppard Subway has made Sheppard Avenue more popular than Queen Street.
The fact is that anywhere there is a subway line there will be increased traffic. I remember a time when there was absolutely nothing around the Fairview mall area (or in the actual mall, for that matter), but ever since the subway line the mall has a lot more traffic, inside and out, and condos can’t be build fast enough.
Thanks for repeating me, V.
Wow! ALL OF THE BUILDINGS ON St. Clair West have burned to the ground? Every single one? Was that on the news?
So here we are, on our way to losing what funding there is for ANY new transit, and all that will be left is finger pointing and overcrowded buses. Yeeeesss…that’s much better.
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