Villain: Scarborough Rapid Transit
Torontoist has been acquired by Daily Hive Toronto - Your City. Now. Click here to learn more.




Villain: Scarborough Rapid Transit

Torontoist is ending the year by naming our Heroes and Villains of 2007––the people, places, and things that we’ve either fallen head over heels in love with or developed uncontrollable rage towards over the past twelve months. Get your dose, starting Boxing Day and running into the new year, three times a day––sunrise, noon, and sunset.
It smells like a mixture of hot pee and old sweat. It’s really loud, sometimes emitting a high-pitched tone that makes our head want to go boom. It’s crowded, its seats aren’t evenly spaced, and the doors close really, really fast and really, really hard––we’ve seen bruises! Despite being called the TTC’s most reliable line, it’s still pretty damned unreliable, sometimes not working at all and other times working very, very slowly.
The TTC has recently announced in their 2008 Capital Budget that the SRT will be getting a revamp, with longer cars and a proposed extension to Sheppard and Markham roads. And with an estimated $1.28 billion price tag attached to it, the TTC is looking at outside sources for some of the funding. But why not just ditch the SRT altogether and go with the cheaper option––extending the Bloor-Danforth line to the Scarborough Town Centre? With a price tag of $1.22 billion, it’s not necessarily a huge savings, but when you consider how many people commute through the STC each day versus the amount of people who would benefit from an RT line up to Sheppard, it hardly makes sense. But then again, this is the TTC, and nothing ever really makes sense. Hell, come the next budget crunch, this whole project will probably go down the drain, and we’ll still be stuck with the pee-smelling, screeching, annoying behemoth we are dependent on today.
Photo by David Topping.