To summarize what has happened until this point:
- Transit City was announced in March 2007, which included the Scarborough LRT
- Rob Ford takes office as Mayor in December 2010, and declares that Transit City is dead
- Toronto City Council defeats the mayor's campaign for subways, votes to revive the Scarborough LRT and 3 other LRT lines from Transit City in February/March 2012
- The City and Metrolinx sign a master agreement on the LRT lines in November 2012
- Council changes its mind and votes for a subway proposal to Scarborough in June 2013; Metrolinx halts any work on the Scarborough LRT
- Council votes to confirm it wants a subway in October 2013
Some lefty is just trying to give Scarborough the shaft and force them to use these stupid modified streetcars, right? (/s) Matlow's key argument: "This is not the year that we should be hiking our debt and residents’ taxes to pay for a subway extension that, frankly, we know very little about." Clearly appealing directly to those who call them fiscal conservatives:
- The city will be responsible for (according to Metrolinx):
- $1.48 billion is the amount still being committed to the subway, if that's what goes forward. The City/TTC must reimburse Metrolinx for $85 million sunk costs put towards the LRT, and any costs to re-negotiate the vehicle contract with Bombardier.
- Assuming risk for delivering it on time and on budget, and assuming any operation and maintenance costs.
- The project is subject to an environmental assessment (EA), and Metrolinx asserts the EA must consider all station and alignment configurations, be subject to public consultation, and be receptive to "ridership, costs and benefits, land use, economic development and employment opportunities, providing service to priority neighbourhoods, and the implementation of applicable provincial and municipal policies". It will also present a refined cost estimate; the estimations done to date are very rough.
- Malvern LRT: $1,260,000,000
- Jane LRT: $630,000,000
- East Bayfront LRT: $300,000,000
- 50% improvement to TTC state of good repair: $1,250,000,000