Thursday, December 29, 2011

For Scarborough line, a four-year conversion

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Users of Toronto Transit Commission’s Scarborough Line may be without rail service for four years, beginning in 2015, as the line is converted to light rail transit (LRT) from its current operation (shown here). 

Scarborough RT line“The phase-in of Scarborough will be from the fall of 2015 to 2019,” TTC Chief General Manager Gary Webster said at a recent city budget committee hearing. 

The line originally was to be converted by 2015, but the election of Mayor Rob Ford, more supportive of subway construction than LRT extensions, put the project’s status is doubt. Webster said the conversion of the Scarborough Line will be coordinated with related extension of the Eglinton LRT line, which now will be placed largely underground (and driving up capital costs) due to community input.