And the Scarborough subway debate goes on and on.
“We expect an Environmental Assessment of the two different routes to be completed.”
—Tuesday’s council decision to back a Scarborough subway extension (despite the unpredictable financials) has been interpreted as a big win for Mayor Rob Ford. But, in an emailed note to Spacing, Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray seems to suggest that he’s not quite done meddling with the project. Of the “two different routes” he refers to in the quote above, one is the council-approved three-stop route, and the other is a two-stop solution that’s being pushed by Queen’s Park. Even just ONE environmental assessment can take years to complete, and so this issue seems likely to remain contentious well past the 2014 municipal election. That’s bad for Scarborough, but good for anyone willing to cut some deals to get themselves elected there.
Both of these routes could actually be studied as part of a single environmental assessment, but that would still likely be a lengthy process.