Experts cast doubt on deadline, budget in Ontario Line business case: Toronto Star

July 25, 2019 by School of Cities Staff

In a front-page Toronto Star article by reporter Ben Spurr, School of Cities interim director Matti Siemiatycki, an associate professor of geography and planning, and Shoshanna Saxe, an assistant professor of civil and mineral engineering and a faculty affiliate of the School, comment on the province's proposed Ontario Line for the city of Toronto. 
 
Siemiatycki said the most positive aspect of the Ontario Line is that it would extend from TTC subway stops in the downtown core all the way north to Eglinton Ave., which studies have long shown is critical to diverting large numbers of riders from Line 1.

"I think, from the city’s perspective, building up to Eglinton now, if that’s actually feasible, is a big win for the city of Toronto.” 

Saxe's research has shown that, historically, Toronto transit projects aren’t held up by construction problems, but by leaders changing direction.

“And we now have a new proposal that has to be agreed upon between more stakeholders, which has to have new funding agreements,” she said.

She also added that cities around the world operate trains on elevated guideways and it’s a “reasonable way” to deliver transit.

Read the full article in the Toronto Star

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