John Tory says NO to releasing an update on the costs of the Scarborough subway. We say YES!
Release Scarborough subway costs before the October 2018 municipal election
Torontonians should know the costs of the Scarborough Subway Extension before casting a vote in the October 2018 municipal election.
Councillor Glenn de Baeremaeker tells CBC’s John Reiti: ” I don’t care how much the costs are, ” when asked if voters deserve to know. Listen here.
2018 Budget hearings are happening January 9 and 10
- See the schedule here.
- Get more funding for better transit here.
- Top 10 unfunded items here.
- Watch STA’s Moya Beall speak up for the Eglinton East LRT at the budget hearings in Scarborough on January 8 here.
We submitted over 500 signatures in support of getting all the facts on the one-stop Scarborough subway “white elephant”.
Unfortunately, “fiscally-responsible” councillors will do anything to avoid the facts when a multi- billion dollar subway is at stake. On December 6, 2017, they voted 13 – 27 against conducting a value-for-money analysis.
Read Matt Elliot’s article: Scarborough subway escapes scrutiny despite mistakes and misstep
Former chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat has come out in favour of looking at other options to the Scarborough Subway
Ontario PC leader, Patrick Brown and TTC CEO Andy Byford support a vfm for Scarborough subway
Item AU:10.7 the 2018 Audit Work Plan should include a value-for-money analysis of the one-stop Scarborough Subway Extension.
City Auditor General Beverly Romeo-Beehler’s report on the TTC Briefing Note stated that LRT construction could begin in 2018, and that a value-for-money analysis may form part of a future audit. The AG has a mandate to assist “city council in holding itself and city administrators accountable for the quality of stewardship over public funds and for achievement of value for money in city operations.”
Read Toronto Star article: Push to see value-for-money analyses of Scarborough Subway rejected
Read Edward Keenan’s article: Scarborough subway debate lacks vital information
Read our blog post on the AG report here
Read Toronto Star article: TTC didn’t deliberately mislead council with Scarborough transit briefing note: auditor general
Read the AG report here
Lawrence East SmartTrack station will go to council on December 5, 2017
February 14/18 Update – Lawrence East Smart Track will leave more riders on buses here
Read STA’s letter to Metrolinx regarding Lawrence East SmartTrack station here.
Star reporter Jennifer Pagliaro’s article: Scarborough RT could be shut down for ‘at least a year’ internal documents reveal
Codi Wilson, CTV News: Metrolinx ‘confident’ SRT will run during construction of Lawrence East GO station
Read the city’s report on Smart Track here
Urban Toronto coverage of public consultation at Scarbrough Civic Centre here
Smart Track public consultation website here
Send your comments to:
Mayor John Tory
Public consultation for the Eglinton East LRT has begun
Upcoming Eglinton East LRT public consultation meetings:
The Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for the Scarborough Subway Extension has been completed. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change has issued a notice to proceed.
Read the full Transit Project Assessment report here
Read our Notice of Objection to the assessment report here
Read the minister’s October 30, 2017 response to our Notice of Objection here
Our Notice of Objection was submitted to Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Chris Ballard on August 31, 2017
On August 23rd, 2017, we submitted a complaint to the Provincial Auditor General regarding the Scarborough Subway Extension and Kirby and Lawrence East GO stations
Read Toronto Star article: Scarborough activists file auditor general complaint over transit spending here
Read CBC article: Scarborough Subway critics want Ontario’s auditor general to investigate here
Evidence based decision making just isn’t present in Toronto region transit decisions as this September 18th article in the Star makes clear. This is why we fight!
On August 17th, 2017, Scarborough Transit Action released our survey results for the Lawrence East SRT
You can read the entire report here
Here’s what transit riders have to say about the losing their RT station if the one-stop subway is built:
Public frustrated there will only be one-stop on the Scarborough Subway Extension
Read Toronto Star article here.
Read Urban Toronto article here.
MANY THANKS TO THE INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS WHO SIGNED OUR LETTER TO THE PREMIER REQUESTING A SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON OF THE ONE-STOP SUBWAY WITH THE SEVEN-STOP SCARBOROUGH LRT:
1LoveMalvern Transportation Working Group
Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre
Council of Canadians (Toronto chapter)
CUPW Local 602
De La Salle College “Oaklands”
Graduate Students’ Association at Scarborough, University of Toronto Scarborough
Matrix Management Corp.
Scarborough Civic Action Network
Scarborough Residents Unite Neighbourhood Association
The Caring Alliance
The Council of Canadians
Toronto Environmental Alliance
Transport Action Canada
University of Toronto Graduate Students Union
Cheri Di Novo, Urban Transit Critic NDP
Read Premier Wynne’s response here.
Read the response from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change here.
Read Jennifer Pagliaro’s article in the Star here.
ON MARCH 28TH, THE CITY REJECTED THE REQUEST TO DO A SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON OF THE ONE STOP SUBWAY WITH THE SEVEN STOP SCARBOROUGH LRT.
In response, we sent a public sign-on letter to Premier Wynne and Minister Glen Murray to ask them to do the side-by-side comparison of the two projects so the public can get all the facts and a true comparison of our transit options can be made. The province is allowed to do this study when there is a “potential for a negative impact on a matter of provincial importance that relates to the natural environment.”
SCARBOROUGH RESIDENTS SPEAK UP ABOUT THE LRT OPTION AT STA’S AND SCARBOROUGH RESIDENTS UNITE PANEL DISCUSSION ON MONDAY, MARCH 27th
COUNCILLORS PAUL AINSLIE AND GLEN DE BAEREMAEKER TO DISCUSS TRANSIT OPTIONS FOR SCARBOROUGH
Mayor Tory should scrap the $3.35 billion, one-stop subway extension to Scarborough Town Centre and build a twenty-four stop LRT network including the the seven-stop Scarborough LRT and the seventeen-stop Eglinton East LRT.
The vote on the one-stop Scarborough Subway Extension goes to Council on March 28th.
- Join us at the Council meeting, 100 Queen Street West. Contact Brenda firstname.lastname@example.org
- Read the TTC report: Next steps on the Scarborough Subway Extension here.
- Read Tricia Wood’s article: Scarborough gets screwed by subway promises.
- Former Toronto mayor, David Miller says the one-stop subway is not money well spent.
- 2017 Federal budget: transit riders pay more and no money for the Eglinton East LRT.
Can’t make it to our panel discussion or to the Council vote on March 28th?
- Our petition has over 500 signatures . Help us get 1000 to present at Council.
- Contact Mayor Tory email@example.com 416-397-2489
- Call your councillor at 311
- Read Star journalist Jennifer Pagliaro’s article: Subway, LRT, SRT
- Read Scarborough Mirror journalist Mike Adler’s article: Toronto Mayor John Tory prepares for “war” over the Scarborough Subway
MORE FACTS ABOUT THE $3.35 BILLION, ONE-STOP SCARBOROUGH SUBWAY EXTENSION:
- It’s not too late to scrap the one-stop subway. The decision-making process is only at the very early (5%) design stage.
- Replacing the five-stop SRT with a one-stop subway extension will put more people on buses.
- Ballooning costs of the one-stop subway ($2 billion to $3.35 billion) has eaten all the money for the seventeen-stop Eglinton East LRT.
- Ridership projections for the one-stop keep dropping. Low ridership will drain money from the rest of the TTC.
- If we move ahead with the shovel ready, seven-stop Scarborough LRT and the Eglinton East LRT now, there will be a connection to the provincially funded Sheppard East LRT. If we build a one-stop subway there will not.
THE SCARBOROUGH SUBWAY : A CAUTIONARY TALE
TORY’S EXECUTIVE IGNORES RISING COSTS AND PLUMMETING RIDERSHIP OF THE ONE-STOP SCARBOROUGH SUBWAY EXTENSION.
On February 28, the long-awaited Scarborough Subway Extension report was released and the findings were bad news for Scarborough transit riders. STA Co-Chair Brenda Thompson was there and asked Mayor Tory the tough questions:
Join us on Monday, March 13th when we tell the Mayor to do the right thing and build the seven-stop Scarborough LRT and eighteen-stop Eglinton East LRT instead.
Toronto Star’s coverage of the Executive meeting here
CBC coverage of the meeting here
Scarborough Mirror here
Can’t make it to the town hall? Sign our petition here
TELL MAYOR TORY TO SCRAP THE ONE-STOP AND START BUILDING TRANSIT FOR TRANSIT RIDERS.
Join us at the Executive Committee meeting down at City Hall (100 Queen Street West) on Tuesday, March 7th @ 9:30 a.m. Register to speak to item EX23.1 at 416-392-4666 or send an email to the Executive Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign our petition here.
Read the report here.
Read the Toronto Star editorial: More evidence the subway extension makes no sense here.
Read the Globe and Mail editorial: Scarborough Subway, a boondoggle on rails, here.
The Scarborough subway extension report has been DELAYED a second time.
Sign our petition here.
STA has filed a complaint over the misleading briefing note that was used to sway Council’s July vote on the one-stop subway vs. 7-stop LRT.
We all know Mayor Tory and pro-subway councillors used this briefing note to push for the subway over a 24 – stop LRT network, so why won’t they admit they requested it? We are calling for an investigation of the process and for an independent, third-party review of the LRT option. Torontonians deserve to know the objective truth.
The Toronto Star has published an article about our complaint: Read it here.
2017 Budget: Bad News for Transit Riders
Brief points about impacts on the 2017 budget for Scarborough transit riders:
- In July, City Council voted to cut the TTC budget by 2.6%. In order to meet the resulting budgetary shortfall, TTC fares are increasing for the 6th straight year in a row by 10 cents for tokens and metropasses starting January 2017.
- TTC service cuts across Toronto including the following Scarborough routes: 129 McCowan North, 43 Kennedy, 57 Midland, 133 Neilson, and 68 Warden.
- All Scarborough city councillors voted in favour of Mayor Tory’s budget cuts to the TTC.
- Still no funding for the Eglinton East LRT and the Sheppard East LRT is still on hold.
Things you can do: