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Feb 22, 2017  |  Vote 0    0

Renew Scarborough 'partners' with group lobbying for subway extension

Aims of both groups 'very complimentary,' says Renew's leader

Scarborough Mirror

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.

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By scarborough | FEBRUARY 24, 2017 01:05 PM
Ofcourse Scarborough Town Centre wants the 1 stop subway, imagine all the foot traffics the one stop subway would bring to STC. 1 stop subway to Scarborough Town centre is a very bad idea for 80% of the residents in Scarborough: 1. Parking at STC is already pack, you will be charged big $$$ for parking at the mall. 2. 7 Stop LRT covers 76.8% more residents than the single stop subway to STC. 3. The residents near STC will be impacted by the additional traffic. 4. Please don't forget, the 1 stop subway involve property tax increase for all Toronto residents, whereas the 7 stop LRT is fully funded by the province. 5. Look other cities similar to Ottawa, Burnaby, San Jose, they all adopting LRT as the mode of transportation.
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