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:
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 email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
TORY’S EXECUTIVE IGNORES RISING COSTS AND PLUMMETING RIDERSHIP OF THE ONE-STOP SCARBOROUGH SUBWAY EXTENSION.
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 email@example.com
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: