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City council votes down motion to build Scarborough LRT network

Staff will proceed with planning a one-stop subway in Scarborough after council rejected the motion to revive a seven-stop LRT.

Council voted 27-16 against reviving plans for a seven-stop LRT in Scarborough.

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Council voted 27-16 against reviving plans for a seven-stop LRT in Scarborough.

In a decisive victory for Toronto Mayor John Tory, council voted 27-16 against reviving plans for a seven-stop LRT in Scarborough. Other motions related to Scarborough transit were also rejected, effectively killing consideration of an LRT to Scarborough Town Centre and beyond. Staff will proceed with planning a one-stop subway.

Councillors also asked staff to study subways to Sherway Gardens, on Sheppard and through North York. Tory supported all three motions.

The new Scarborough LRT’s cost – which was originally $1.8 billion in 2010 dollars – was fully funded by the provincial and federal governments before council voted in 2013 to build a costlier subway extension instead.

City council voted 28-15 on Wednesday to hire a third party to further study Scarborough subway alignments and costs.

Councillor Josh Colle, the chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, had said there was a “compelling case” to extend the Bloor-Danforth line to the Scarborough Town Centre. But he said neither option should be built at any cost.

“As new information comes to light on either one of them, based on where you stand, you dismiss it if it doesn’t fit with your kind of stance or narrative, “ he said recently. “I think what people want desperately . . . is for us to make a decision.”

The Scarborough decisions dominated a critical debate about a transit network plan across the city costing more than $15 billion, which is mostly unfunded today.

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