Subways, Subways, Subways!

Here in Greater Weston™, a whole other set of politicians cater to our needs. Our MPP on this side of the river (Etobicoke Centre) is Kinga Surma . In her latest flyer, she announces, ‘The government is tunnelling the Eglinton Crosstown’.

She continues,

“Since I have been the MPP for Etobicoke Centre, I made a commitment to all of you that I would fight to tunnel the Eglinton Crosstown to the airport. Since last June, I met with the Premier, the Minister of Transportation and Metrolinx to emphasize the importance of providing Etobicoke residents with fast, reliable public transit; one that did not add to the congestion on Eglinton. We worked together for months to plan and budget a regional transportation system; something the residents of Etobicoke, Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area have been waiting for.

We are tunnelling the Eglinton Crosstown and we are building subways!

I will always fight for the people of Etobicoke Centre.

I want to thank you for your support throughout this process.”

Although Premier Ford has made it clear that tunnelling the westward extension of the Eglinton Crosstown is his preferred option, I can’t recall a government announcement that such a decision has been made.

If this is a done deal, there’s going to be a whole lot of money and time needed – plus some razzle dazzle from the Premier himself. Oh and perhaps the slight formality of an updated environmental assessment, further community consultation and finding the ‘efficiencies’ that will finance this endeavour.

Lastly, if Doug Ford doesn’t win the next Ontario general election in 2022, will appeasing Tory voters along the Eglinton corridor be on the next government’s priority list? It’s doubtful, so let’s not get too excited.

Sadly, transit decisions in this city and province are still made through election campaign napkin planning.

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  1. Re: appeasing Tory voters

    This issue appeals to voters of all political stripes who are drivers. In fact, during the last provincial election, the Liberal incumbent (who lost to Kinga) plastered signs on Eglinton between Scarlet and Royal York, claiming to be the only one who would be able to bury the western portion of the LRT. Statistically, Etobicoke Centre elects either red or blue parties, and in this case, both have supported going underground. I expect this is what nearly every resident has been telling them to go for.

    For the most part, Eglinton flows decently westward (access to 427 and 401), with heavier congestion during rush hour. Since the northern piece of land (that was undeveloped for the purpose of eventually building transit) between Islington and Martin Grove has been developed, there isn’t much room to go above ground, unless the separated bike path is sacrificed. This would be a shame, as it is one of the few stretches in Toronto with such separation from cars .

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