The Existing Scarborough RT Was A Mistake!!!

Apr. 16, 2017

"Cost of rapid transit between Kennedy Station and Scarborough Centre

Mid 70s
- Dedicated (Streetcar) LRT Line - $85 million
- Subway - $213 million

1980s
- Scarborough (ICTS) RT
- Initial cost - $103 million
- Changes and cost overruns - $93 million
- Cost at time of opening (1985) - $196 million
- Additional changes and issues after opening - $27 million
- Final cost - $223 million

The Scarborough RT ended up costing $10 million more than it would have cost to build a subway in the first place

SOURCE: Transit Toronto - http://transit.toronto.on.ca/subway/5107.shtml"

Phil Prentice - Apr 16'17
Apr. 16, 2017
Mar. 28, 2017

Council plans to replace the existing Scarborough RT with a one-stop subway extension of the Bloor-Danforth line to the Scarborough Town Centre - Rene Johnston/Toronto Star - Mar 28'17

Dec. 24, 2016

"It was originally going to be a streetcar line - The only reason the RT was built was to showcase the UTDC's new technology back in the early 80's - Selling the new ICTS system was going to be difficult for a province with a city the size of Toronto that didn't show enough faith to use their own technology - So; after correcting problems and spending $223 million (more than cost as a subway extension would have cost), Scarborough got the RT; an inferior line that has cost riders almost $1 billion in lost time over the past 30 years - Politics at it's finest!"

Phil Prentice
Dec. 21, 2016

"Yes; it got you from point A to point B, but my guess is that you were really trying to get to point C"

Phil Prentice