Ruth Escarlan and Elliot Williams
Humber News Reporters
Toronto City councillors voted 26-18 in favour of the Scarborough subway at City Hall on Tuesday.
“We need to get on with building the subway extension,” said Mayor John Tory.
The $3.35 billion, six-kilometre subway extension of the Bloor-Danforth line, otherwise known as the green line, will run from Kennedy station to the Scarborough Town Centre.
City staff will now move ahead with those plans for the extension and a new, underground $187-million bus terminal at the Town Centre site.
Nearing the end of a long city council meeting, the council voted 27-17 against Councillor Josh Matlow’s motion to create a business case analysis that compares the planned Scarborough subway to a hypothetical LRT.
Matlow wanted the City Manager to report to the executive committee with a business comparison of the subway extension and the Scarborough LRT replacement of the Scarborough RT that was defined by a 2012 Master Agreement between Metrolinx and the TTC.
Matlow made a passionate argument in favour of a Scarborough LRT, citing numerous studies as evidence that going ahead with the subway expansion would cost Toronto more money than an LRT.
A number of the councillors who spoke at the Tuesday meeting were against the proposed expansion, including Councillor Gord Perks, who grilled Mayor Tory during questioning.
Councillors also voiced concern regarding the allocation of money for transit, questioning if it would be enough to go through with the project since the costs would escalate from inflation and legislative changes.
Along with approving the subway extension, council also voted to approve the McCowan alignment for the subway and the underground bus terminal at Scarborough Town Centre.