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Duly Quoted: Metrolinx, on the Scarborough Subway vs LRT Debate

Bruce McCuaig, CEO of the regional transit agency, tells the City of Toronto that the Scarborough LRT is officially on hold.

“It would be imprudent for us to spend more on a project Council has by a majority vote repudiated, as further expenditures would increase the sunk costs already incurred for which the City is responsible. As you know, Metrolinx estimates that sunk costs amount to $85 million at this time. Putting the Scarborough LRT on hold is not due to any shortcomings inherent in the project. The project would serve Toronto and its communities well. In the event the City suspends pursuit of the subway extension, Metrolinx is prepared to return to the current project.”

—From a letter sent by Bruce McCuaig, CEO of regional transit agency Metrolinx, to the City of Toronto’s top civil servant, Joe Pennachetti, and to TTC CEO Andy Byford.

In the wake of city council’s decision to support a subway instead of an LRT when it comes to replacing the aging Scarborough RT, Metrolinx has advised municipal officials that it is stopping work on the LRT, which was already in the works. In addition to warning that the City would be on the hook for the money that’s already been spent on the LRT, McCuaig let the City know that Metrolinx would make the $1.48 billion it has remaining on the books for Scarborough transit available for a subway—an amount less than the $1.8 billion city council said it needed from the province. He also confirmed that work would continue as scheduled on the Eglinton Crosstown line, and that changes to the existing agreement between Metrolinx and Toronto would be confined as much as possible to the Scarborough project.

The full text of McCuaig’s letter follows—

Metrolinx Letter Re: Scarborough LRT by Torontoist

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