During his first official press conference as mayor on December 1, 2010, Mayor Rob Ford declared that Transit City is “a project we do not need anymore…I was elected with quite a large mandate to deliver subways, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”
Ford’s message of “subways, subways, subways” struck a chord among some Scarborough residents. Transit town hall meetings brought out angry souls intent on winning subway extensions. (Often they would raise the mayor’s favourite anti-LRT bogeyman, the “St. Clair disaster.”) Over the past few years, we’ve seen both sides of the LRT/subway argument declare victory as city council and higher levels of government have bounced from one rejigged plan to the next.
Amid the heated rhetoric, we can be sure of two things: transit planners will always be able to find work producing designs for Scarborough’s latest transit schemes, and residents will continue to wait for improved service.