Ford Says Eglinton Subway Next Priority after Sheppard

Rob Ford has personally responded to a WestonWeb editorial by saying that Transit City is not dead but is being refocussed underground. According to the Mayor, his first priority is to build a subway on Sheppard Avenue. His second is the Eglinton line, and it will open by 2020.  Ford says that he has asked the TTC to present plans that will achieve these goals.

This appears to be the first time that Mayor Ford has commented on specific Transit City priorities and on the Eglinton line in particular.

Mayor Ford’s correspondence finally brings some good news for Weston residents. We will have to see whether or not the line will reach Weston and where stations will be located, but at least we are included in transportation planning.

7 thoughts on “Ford Says Eglinton Subway Next Priority after Sheppard”

  1. if you build sheppard as a subway, there won’t be any money for eglinton. for sheppard’s ridership numbers, even the existing subway section does not warrant HRT. east of the subway, ridership is even worse. the existing subway line should be downgraded to a underground LRT and surface LRT should be built in the rest of the corridor from weston road to scarborough town centre providing a transferless line. the LRT technology would be more than enough to handle ridership levels well into the future.

    again, if you build sheppard as a subway, eglinton is toast. you simply can’t have both because there is no money.

  2. if eglinton could be well served with LRT technology for years to come, what does that say about sheppard’s needs?

  3. Rob Ford tells me that he wants to stick to the original timetable and priorities for Transit City but using subways instead. If he can raise the money, more power to him. I just hope he doesn’t go all Mike Harris on the city in order to do this. Subways will be a huge asset to Toronto as further intensification takes place. Let’s face it, compared to other cities of similar size, Toronto has a minimal subway system.

  4. it will be impossible to stick the the original timetable. such alterations would require new environmental assessments, planning, etc. this stuff takes years to complete. pushing projects farther into the future risks the chance that they won’t get built at all. we don’t need subways in every circumstance and sheppard east certainly doesn’t warrant one. LRT technology has the beauty of running in both underground subway like tunnels (where the road is too narrow) and in the middle of the road (where the road is wide enough)& is far much cheaper and able to handle ridership needs for decades to come on many routes such as sheppard. extending sheppard as a subway will not only eat up money for an eglinton line, it will also add higher operating costs to the TTC which would probably result in higher fares.

    this subways or nothing attitude that ford has seems like nothing but a ploy to kill real transit expansion. in the end, he can just lay blame on the province for not providing the tens of billions of dollars it will cost and wash his hands of it.

  5. You’re probably right about the delays that will be caused by new assessments etc.
    My objection to LRT is that when it surfaces, it’s no better than the mess they have on St Clair with transit and traffic further delayed by separate traffic lights and cars having to do u-turns. Apparently there has been a number of accidents along there since the tracks were re-installed caused by confusion over the lights.
    Maybe subways will take longer but we’ve waited this long, why not hold out for something that will add to the city’s productivity and use buses and existing streetcars in the meantime?

  6. the funny thing about st. clair is that it was built back in the day with a traffic separated streetcar line in the middle of the road. the st. clair ROW has returned st. clair to its original configuration.

    the public should be educated about transit signals (maybe some TV ads wouldn’t hurt). with more LRT lines, i think that education would catch on. but aren’t there signs next to the transit signals that indicate that they’re transit signals? how many accidents are there per year due to the green advance left signal? we really shouldn’t be prohibiting this type of technology because some people don’t know how to pay proper attention to signals. people will always get confused on the road and that’s no reason to prohibit transit signals & LRTs.

    regarding holding out for subways, like i said before, we risk ending up with nothing. transit city was a good plan that just needed some tweaks here and there. for example, instead of running in the middle of the road in the western end on eglinton, the richview right of way could have been used. also, the stop at weston & eglinton should be underground. the jane line was pretty sweet, north of the 401 it would have been in the middle of the road & south of it, through the narrower sections, it would have been underground. we’d basically end up with subway stations at church & jane, jane & lawrence, etc.

    we also need to remember that subways have their place but not in corridors with moderate ridership like sheppard. there are many more routes in the city which have the ridership to support subway and those corridors should get the subways. building a subway on sheppard does nothing but add higher operating costs (with no benefit) which get passed down to the passenger. it’s fiscally irresponsible to waste subway dollars on sheppard.

  7. Would you like to write on the topic of transportation (or any other matter that affects Weston) – something along the lines of what you see in WW already; short articles that deliver news or opinion?
    Give it some thought and let me know.

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