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Feds Cool to York University Subway Extension


Crossposted to Spacing’s Wire

The federal Conservatives has said that funding for subway expansion is not firm. From the Toronto Star:

Federal funding to help extend the Spadina subway line to York University and into Vaughan is far from a sure thing, warns Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

In his most pointed comments yet on the proposed $2 billion TTC expansion, Flaherty had some sobering news yesterday for subway riders.” There isn’t any firm money on the table,” he told the Toronto Star. While Flaherty said he has been having “constructive discussions” about the long-awaited subway extension with Ontario counterpart Greg Sorbara — including a private meeting Aug. 14 in Ottawa — a final decision is not expected until year’s end.

Also, Kevin McGran of the Star wrote a good analysis piece on the subway car purchase controversy that has been brewing for a few months.

Nothing ever comes easy to the TTC. They dig a hole to build a subway along Eglinton. They fill it in. They build a subway along Sheppard instead, but stop halfway. They build a Scarborough Rapid Transit line they don’t really want but now have to replace.

Now the debate rages over Bombardier’s controversial sole-source bid to build subway cars for the Yonge-University-Spadina line. If the TTC braintrust’s history holds true, they’ll find a way to screw this up. Reports on the issue are being kept under wraps and being examined by TTC commissioners.Individually, it must be noted, the politicians who oversee the TTC and the individuals at the highest staff level are all extremely bright, intelligent proponents of mass public transit. They know how to battle gridlock. They know how to make the trains run on time.

Over in Scarborough, where the aging RT system needs to be addressed, a closed-door meeting will be held on its future.

Photo from Toronto Star

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