The Scarborough Community Renewal Organization has announced a “strategic partnership” with a group lobbying for the one-stop Scarborough subway.
SCRO, also called Renew Scarborough, evolved from a 2014 multi-front revitalization campaign led by Scarborough’s Rotary clubs. Its board approved the partnership Feb. 13, said Jennifer McKelvie, SCRO interim chairperson.
ConnectScarborough, which is supported by Scarborough Town Centre and a few other companies, is signing up people at the mall to a pro-Scarborough subway petition.
Though not mentioned in the petition, ConnectScarborough says it supports not just a Bloor-Danforth extension from Kennedy Station to the mall property, but other projects Mayor John Tory promised Scarborough last year.
That includes Smart Track improvements to GO Rail service and an extension of the Crosstown light rail transit line, the Eglinton East, from Kennedy to University of Toronto Scarborough.
“I’m confident that ConnectScarborough is about more than just the subway,” said McKelvie, maintaining the aims of both groups are “very complementary.”
SCRO supporters “don’t want a flip-flop” on the subway, and will keep pressure on Toronto city council to support it, she said.
McKelvie also said the Eglinton East LRT — which has no budget or construction timeline — “has to happen,” and SCRO will push governments to fund it.