Metrolinx will be slashing the fares for the UP Express. Westonians, you now have a reliable, all-day, affordable train to downtown and the subway. New fares to downtown will be $5.02 with a Presto card and $5.65 without. A trip to the airport will be $4.71. Kids will still ride free.
In short: Weston won.
Your correspondent believes that today will mark a turning point in Weston.
Weston, of course, used to be a town unto itself, with a distinct character and community. Amalgamation into York and Toronto sucked much out of us, as did the decline of local industry. It’s been undeniably tough.
But rapid, affordable, comfortable connections to downtown change everything. We could again have our own identity—how could we not? We won the real-estate lottery: we are close to the highway, airport, and downtown, but it’s quiet and affordable here, with many joys of suburban and even small-town life.
GO train service has been excellent for 9 to 5 workers, but it serves penumbral workers terribly. Weston has many people on the fringes, so their job prospects just got much better. Before, working as a night guard downtown would have been brutal. Now it remains a tough job, but the commute will be business class.
Of course, the favoured also won. We got an all-day connection to the vibrant city. I look forward to zipping down to Dundas for an over-hopped beer with friends.
So employment and wages could increase. Rents and real-estate values could go up too—a mixed blessing to be sure in most places in the city, but less so here. If they did, we could see new sparkle on Weston Road—and the beginning, perhaps, of a virtuous cycle.
After many losses, we won. It might be the only first round of many.