Feb 23, 2024

By Jane Brown

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A series of consultant reports on the now decommissioned Scarborough Rapid Transit have raised more questions than answers about last summer’s derailment.

We’re learning the reports were quietly posted on the TTCs website this past fall and reveal the transit agency was warned early in 2023 about issues with defects and inspections.

Shelagh Pizey-Allen with the transit advocacy group TTC Riders is asking, who decided to stop doing preventative maintenance work on the SRT, because as she points out, that is one of the contributing factors to the derailment.

TTC CEO Rick Leary was asked yesterday about the reports and why they were not presented to the board.

“Some of the data, how we collect data, how we use data and the transition of a data collection system to an asset management system,” Leary explained, “I think it’s also really important, you know you’ve heard me every board meeting and any time anyone’s met me, with ten years at this organization, safety is a commitment that we have, I have personally, to the city and our riders.”

The Scarborough RT was taken out of service after the July 24th derailment, which left five people with minor injuries.

The SRT opened in 1985 and operated for 13 years beyond its intended lifespan.

The derailment occurred just months before the TTC had planned to decommission the line.

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