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Duly Quoted: Metrolinx on a Scarborough Subway vs LRT

Regional transit agency not interested in reopening the debate about Scarborough transit.

“I think we keep going [with the existing LRT plan]. I think that’s the responsible thing to do.”

—Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig, on the prospect of re-opening the signed agreement between the province and the City of Toronto, which calls for replacing the aging Scarborough RT with light rail. Earlier this week, news broke that a group of councillors, including several representatives from Scarborough and TTC Chair Karen Stintz, were trying to build momentum for replacing that plan with one for a subway. McCuaig, along with Metrolinx chair Rob Prichard, met with the editorial board of the Globe and Mail to try to squelch that bid, explaining the problems they saw with a subway. Several staff reports have concluded that the area doesn’t have the ridership to require a subway; we’ve got a comparison of the two options here.

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