Aug 29, 2013
By Michael Kramer
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has high hopes for a subway to Scarborough.
Ford is expressing optimism that the Harper government will provide the funding needed to extend the Bloor-Danforth subway line into Scarborough.
The mayor says he’s meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper at an afternoon event and will raise the issue with the PM.
City Council and the Province gave the go-ahead this summer for a subway east of Kennedy station – instead of light rail transit.
But the plan hinges on the federal government contributing to the additional cost of $1 billion dollars.
If Ottawa doesn’t come through, the LRT will be back on the table.
Many city councillors say the added cost is not justified by the number of people who would use the subway extension and they point out that an LRT would offer more stops.