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Scarborough councillors see the LRT light

Cross-posted to the Spacing Wire

The other day councillors and TTC staff had a closed-door meeting about the future of the Scarborough RT. The Scarborough Mirror has a report on it:

Several Scarborough councillors, who met Tuesday with Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) officials in a closed-door meeting to discuss transit options for the area, are now saying that creating a network of LRT lines is the way to go.

“I think today’s meeting is really the death of the Scarborough subway and the birth of massive public transit in Scarborough. And that, for me, is incredibly exciting,” TTC Commissioner and Ward 38 Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Scarborough Centre) said following the meeting at the Scarborough Civic Centre….

“We all wanted the subway but I think cold, hard reality has set in,” De Baeremaeker said.

Ward 37 Councillor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre) maintains councillors have to be “prudent and practical” when examining options for the future of transit in the area.

“It would be ideal to have the complete network and the subway,” he said, adding that option isn’t financially possible.

Thompson added that TTC staff is recommending a network of services to meet the area’s needs rather than the creation of one costly subway line.