May. 26, 2017

"The original intention of GO RER was to improve frequency of service and speed GO up - The 3-stop extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway line would have provided a significant improvement in service for Scarborough - The added SmartTrack stations to the GO lines will slow GO down for all passengers travelling north of the new stations; and the omission of the 2 subway stops negates any improvement that the 3-stop subway extension would have provided"

Phil Prentice - May 26'17
May. 9, 2017

"I would have preferred the three-stop extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway over SmartTrack for Scarborough, but planning for a bastardized SmartTrack is well on it's way - The city will have a total of up to 8 new GO stations; the west end will have an extension of the Eglinton LRT to Pearson Airport; and the proposal for Scarborough is for an extension of the Eglinton LRT to UTSC - Studies show that adding these new GO stations will actually slow GO down and discourage ridership - I have been saying this all along, but I guess any new transit is better than none at all"

Phil Prentice - May 9'17
Mar. 31, 2017

"This is all very fine and well, but even if GO RER doubles capacity, it won't be enough to meet the City's growing need by the time it is all done - Metrolinx studies indicate that the addition of the new SmartTrack stations will slow GO down enough to discourage existing riders from using it - Fare integration will likely attract more than enough ridership to offset this, but GO won't be faster as it could/should be - Scrap the new SmartTrack stations; increase the service frequency as GO RER was originally intended to do; leave fares as they are; and build the Relief Line and the three-stop extension to the Bloor-Danforth Line"

Phil Prentice - Mar 31'17
Mar. 17, 2017

Then-mayoral candidate John Tory holds up his SmartTrack transit plan during the mayoral debate at the Royal Canadian Legion in Etobicoke in September 2014 - A Metrolinx report says a planned SmartTrack station at Lawrence East in Scarborough would actually lead to more people driving - Chris So / Toronto Star