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TTC Considers LRTs for Kingston Road, Eglinton East

The TTC is putting the finishing touches on its $572 million capital budget, which will go before the City of Toronto’s budget committee shortly. Among the big items include purchases of new subway trains and hybrid buses (which, thanks to Federal subsidies, can be bought less expensively than regular diesel buses), but included among the expenditures was $800,000 to conduct an environmental assessment on the feasibility of an LRT operating on private right-of-way in the middle of Kingston Road and Eglinton Avenue East.

A Kingston Road LRT is in Toronto’s Official Plan. It would, initially, connect with the streetcar tracks at Kingston Road and Victoria Park, and use Queen Street to head downtown. The tracks would stretch northeast to Eglinton Avenue, and loop back along Eglinton to Kennedy station. The official plan calls for the service to eventually be pulled off Queen Street onto a private right-of-way through the Portlands to Union Station.

As this is just an $800,000 environmental assessment, the Toronto Star is being exceptionally optimistic in suggesting that the service could begin operations in 2009, but councillor Mihevc argues that the service is necessary to dramatically improve transit service in Scarborough.

The Toronto Star has also recently offered support to a Scarborough subway extension to replace the aging Scarborough RT.

In Other News

  • Work is finally beginning on the washed out section of Finch Avenue West over Black Creek. Local residents are wondering what took the city so long. (CBC)
  • With the holidays approaching, GO Transit is reminding people that Day Passes (which cost the equivalent of a round trip ticket on one of its lines) can be used to ferry two adult passengers for the price of one after 5 p.m. weekdays, perfect for leaving the car at home, going on a night out, and arriving back alive. (Canadian Newswire)
  • Transit Toronto has been nominated for Best Business Blog in the 2005 Canadian Blog Awards, along with numerous other deserving candidates in a variety of categories from best Blog to Best Blog Post. First round voting is now on; individuals can vote once a day from now until November 30th.
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