Rob Ford has had a change of heart about building only subways.
According to news reports, Metrolinx is negotiating with the mayor’s office to ensure that the Eglinton light rail line will be built. Toronto Life says “The line is too important to Metrolinx’s plans for the region to let die”.
The Eglinton LRT would benefit the neighbourhood in several ways. First, the TTC wanted to build a carhouse on the grounds of the old Kodak plant, which has been closed for several years. Second, the track would serve Mt Dennis at two stops: at the intersections of Eglinton with Jane and with Weston Rd. The LRT would also likely interface with the Georgetown GO line.
Mt Dennis residents have pushed for an underground station, and were supported in their action by Frances Nunziata, who said
“I think tunnelling is the best option. I know it’s going to cost more but if you’re going to do it, do it right…. We support the Eglinton line but why should everything be dumped in our community?”
Transit pundit Steve Munro concurs. He said “The section through Mt. Dennis, as currently designed, is quite intrusive. Considering the amount we will spend on the tunnel from Black Creek to Leaside, saying that an underground route at Weston Road is “too expensive” is hard to swallow.”
The TTC had refused to build underground, but with Ford’s stated goals of building subways, and Nunziata’s new influence at City Hall, there may be new momentum.