SmartTrack Stations - Lawrence-Kennedy (Lawrence East)

Dec. 10, 2018

John Tory pitched a 22-stop “London-style surface rail subway” during his 2014 mayoral campaign - The plan now is for a handful of stations added to existing GO lines that were already slated for increased, electrified service - CHRIS SO / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

Dec. 10, 2018

Jennifer Pagliaro (@jpags) tweeted at 6:32 PM on Sun, Dec 09, 2018:
The mayor's office directed what is meant to be an arms-length provincial transit agency, Metrolinx, on the messaging for Tory's signature SmartTrack plan and a senior TTC official described SmartTrack planning as "insanity". New exclusive story from me:

Dec. 10, 2018

"The fix was in; #CityPlanTO 3-stop #SSE dropped in favour of #LawrenceKennedy and #FinchKennedy #SmartTrack stations"

Phil Prentice on Twitter - Dec 10'18
Dec. 9, 2018

"“less is more” is the rule - Fewer stations make for faster trips"

Steve Munro - Dec 7'18
Dec. 2, 2018

"Yes!!! ..... This will prove once and for all that the cancellation of the Lawrence East subway station in favour of a Lawrence East SmartTrack station was a political ploy to help John Tory justify his misguided plan for SmartTrack

I am not totally opposed to SmartTrack; some of the stations will make a valuable contribution to the overall regional transit network; but, for the most part, Metrolinx was on the right track with GO RER long before John Tory came along

My issue with Lawrence East is that a subway stop on the new Scarborough Subway Extension will better serve more riders than a GO station on what is one of the busiest bus routes in the city

If a SmartTrack station is absolutely necessary to his plan; then let him provide both"