As many readers will know, transit planning in Toronto took a turn in March with the Province releasing two letters on its priority transit expansion projects. This included revising the one-stop Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE) to three stops. Clearly this change in direction will require study, causing impacts to schedule and cost.
Transport Action Ontario has long expressed concerns about the SSE. We have long advocated that the Province study “Smart Spur”, a new electrified GO line branching east from the existing GO Stouffville corridor, as a cost-effective alternative with many advantages.
As studies on the SSE are apparently being reopened, we took the opportunity to remind the Province of the Smart Spur alternative.
Our open letter of April 3, 2019 can be viewed here TAO-SmartSpur2019-04
Smart Spur was originally proposed in our 2013 report on Regional Express Rail