Duly Quoted: Andy Byford on Subways in Toronto
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Duly Quoted: Andy Byford on Subways in Toronto

TTC CEO argues that our single biggest transit priority should be ensuring the flow of people through the existing transit network.

“If I had to pick one, I would choose the Downtown Relief Line.”

TTC CEO Andy Byford, when asked by a reporter which he would select if he had to choose either a Scarborough subway or a Downtown Relief Line for Toronto. Byford was answering questions after a TTC board meeting on Wednesday, during which board members reiterated their support for city council’s preferred Scarborough transit option: a subway along a new route, running from Kennedy station east to McCowan, then up McCowan to Sheppard. (There are two competing proposals: a provincial one for a subway along the existing RT route, and a signed agreement already in place for an LRT along that same RT route, but extending it considerably further.) During the TTC meeting Byford outlined his concern that a Scarborough subway would feed more people into the maxed-out Yonge subway line, creating even more stress on an overloaded system.