Opinion / Commentary - Toronto Transit

Apr. 15, 2019
Apr. 15, 2019

Published: April 14, 2019
Updated: April 14, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

Apr. 13, 2019

" - Politics - Lack of foresight
- Politics - Gutless
- Politics/Funding - There's nothing in it for them in the short term, so they apply what they have to work with to get the biggest bang for buck to show the greatest results in time for the next election
- Politics - The stars never seem to align at all three levels of government
- Politics - Everyone runs claiming they have a new/better idea instead of leaving it to the city and regional planners - The planners have had it right almost every time, but the politicians call the shots

- The Scarborough RT was a mistake - Building it deadened the subway in Scarborough for over 30 years - Had it been a subway, we would had a subway all the way to Markham by now - The transfer between SRT and subway at Kennedy has cost us over 1 billion dollars over the past 30 years (my calculations based on real data are on my site) - The SRT, which was first going to be a streetcar line, ended up costing 10 million dollars more than a subway - Here are the calcs:

Cost of rapid transit between Kennedy Station and Scarborough Centre

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

- 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

Had the Scarborough RT been a streetcar, it would have been replaced with a subway long before now; but having built this monstrosity, they were forced to recoup the capital costs over the next couple of decades

It makes me sick!

Phil Prentice - Apr 13'19
Apr. 10, 2019

Premier Doug Ford’s transit plan to build more subways, and faster and cheaper than Toronto can, is light on evidence - Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star