A Rose By Any Other Name
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A Rose By Any Other Name

Toronto City Council, after debating yesterday evening and all of today, voted earlier tonight to prioritize the building of a so-called Downtown Relief Line—a new subway route meant to alleviate stress on the existing infrastructure—at the expense of expanding the Yonge line north into Richmond Hill. Council’s executive committee had already attached substantial conditions to the controversial Yonge North Extension, worried that an influx of suburban transit users will overload subways running into downtown. Today’s amendment, introduced by Councillor Michael Thompson, calls for Metrolinx to put the new downtown subway ahead of the Yonge expansion in its fifteen-year plan for the city, and will likely reignite claims of a turf war between Toronto and York Region. In a welcome moment of levity, Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong‘s motion that the TTC “come up with a more inspiring name for the Downtown Rapid Transit Line” also passed in a 37-7 slam-dunk.