A bid to seek out out whether or not the Scarborough subway is nice worth for cash has once more failed at metropolis council.
On Wednesday, a movement from Councillor Josh Matlow asking his colleagues to direct the auditor basic to incorporate a cost-benefits comparability of the $three.35 billion one-stop subway extension and the light-rail various in her 2018 work plan failed 13-27.
“Earlier than we make investments billions of , we must always have probably the most related, fundamental info in entrance of us about whether or not or not there may be worth for each greenback invested. Additionally that we’re offering the sort of service that residents want,” Matlow stated on the council flooring. “We’re elected to not solely signify our communities however signify the folks of Toronto and be accountable with each greenback that we’re entrusted with.”
These backing the subway plan claimed Matlow’s movement was merely an try to delay the subway.
“That is an ongoing try to delay, to waffle, to cease this important transit extension,” stated Councillor James Pasternak, a member of Tory’s govt committee.
Council earlier voted to advance the design of a one-stop subway that may lengthen the Bloor-Danforth line from Kennedy Station to a brand new cease on the Scarborough City Centre — tunneling 6.2 kilometres.
Council nonetheless has to vote in 2019 whether or not to maneuver ahead with constructing the subway as soon as a extra correct value estimate is supplied by metropolis and TTC workers who’re at the moment working to advance the subway to 30 per cent design.
Matlow’s movement requested for a report again from the auditor basic within the second quarter of 2018.
Senior metropolis workers have repeatedly confirmed that sort of evaluation has by no means been requested and subsequently by no means produced. The movement wanted 30 votes to cross.
This week, outgoing TTC CEO Andy Byford advised CBC’s Matt Galloway he had “no objection” to the research being performed.
And former chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat tweeting Wednesday morning: “For a capital venture of $three.56B that continues to see value escalations, there’s a tipping level at which the cost-benefit evaluation turns into questionable. Accountable authorities would constantly, actually assess this query and have options in hand.”
The subway would substitute the ageing Scarborough RT. However that wasn’t at all times the plan.
Council initially permitted a seven-stop LRT to interchange the SRT, which might have related Scarborough City Centre, and Centennial School and Malvern to a speedy transit cease for the primary time.
That LRT was a part of a grasp settlement with the province signed in 2012, and was totally funded by the province. That settlement continues to be signed at this time.
In 2013, underneath former mayor Rob Ford — and on the urging of Scarborough Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, who was going through re-election, and former TTC Chair Councillor Karen Stintz, who was planning to run for the mayor’s chair — council scrapped the LRT in favour of the subway, then estimated to value $2 billion extra.
Council permitted elevating property taxes to pay for the dearer line — $910 million in complete — which town began accumulating in 2014 and can proceed accumulating for not less than the following 30 years.
Councillor Gord Perks questioned why his colleagues wouldn’t need to know whether or not the subway is nice worth for cash when in comparison with the options.
“The plain reality stays, by voting no to what Councillor Matlow is doing, successfully what you might be doing is saying ‘We do not need to know.’”