Sub­way ex­ten­sion leads to ques­tions

Toronto Star - - NEWS -

Re Af­ter 15-year wait, train leaves the sta­tion, Dec. 18 Like thou­sands of other ex­cited tran­sit buffs and tran­sit users, a friend and I checked out the new sub­way ex­ten­sion into Vaughan.

The sta­tions are beau­ti­ful and ar­chi­tec­turally in­ter­est­ing. But I couldn’t help feel­ing that this was a sub­way to Baf­fin Is­land, ba­si­cally a sub­way to nowhere.

It’s great to see sub­way ex­pan­sion be­yond the city’s bound­aries, but I have to won­der if this is money well spent. As a teenager, I went on open­ing day when the Univer­sity line ex­panded north of St. Ge­orge Sta­tion in 1978. I did the same in Novem­ber 2002, when the Shep­pard line opened. It’s al­ways a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence when a new sub­way line opens. The ex­ten­sion to York Univer­sity was long over­due, but did it re­ally need to go north of Stee­les Ave.?

Time will tell: devel­op­ment tends to fol­low sub­way lines. As much as it was ex­cit­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the new ex­ten­sion on Sun­day, I won­der if the multi­bil­lion-dol­lar gam­ble into York Re­gion was worth the cost given other press­ing tran­sit pri­or­i­ties. At this point I don’t see it. An­drew van Velzen, Toronto

I would think that the ratepay­ers of Scar­bor­ough have ev­ery right to be of­fended and up­set that a mu­nic­i­pal­ity out­side the city of Toronto gets sub­way ser­vice into the cen­tre of its com­mu­nity (Vaughan) be­fore Scar­bor­ough gets a sub­way to the cen­tre of its ge­og­ra­phy.

For decades, the cit­i­zens of Scar­bor­ough have had to be sat­is­fied with a sub­way to Kennedy Rd. Even to­day, cit­i­zens are told that a sub­way ex­ten­sion to their mu­nic­i­pal cen­tre is in the fu­ture, but it will only con­sist of one stop, re­sult­ing in in­fe­rior ser­vice to that pro­vided in the rest of Toronto, and now to Vaughan. If the Bloor-Dan­forth line can­not be ex­tended ef­fec­tively, then the Shep­pard line should be ex­tended to Malvern, and help Scar­bor­ough be more in­cluded in the city of Toronto. Brian Moore, Brant­ford

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