The one-stop extension to TORONTO’s Line 2 subway could become a history-making white elephant for taxpayers. It was originally supposed to be a 7-stop LRT extension from Line 2’s Kennedy station to the Scarborough Town Centre – fully funded by the province.
Then the politicians got involved – former Mayor “subways, subways, subways” ROB FORD, his brother DOUG FORD, Mayor JOHN TORY and Premier KATHLEEN WYNNE, plus an assortment of city councillors.
To cool things down, then-chief planner JENNIFER KEESMAAT came up with the idea of a one-stop subway extension straight to Scarborough Town Centre. No intermediate stops.
With potential costs rising (current estimate $3.56-billion for one stop) Ms. Keesmaat isn’t so keen on her idea anymore. She wants a financial audit before October’s municipal election. It seems an updated cost estimate for the project could be possible by September.
“There has to be a threshold. There has to be a moment where you say, wait a minute, the cost-benefit analysis no longer works . . . If they have that number available, do they have a duty to release it as a way of informing the electorate and the decision making? My opinion is, absolutely.” – Jennifer Keesmaat on CBC radio & the Toronto Star, February 8/2018
AND THE BEAT GOES ON . . .