Live in Scarborough? City Hall plans to change your commute

(By: Melissa Bennardo)

By the end of 2016, the City of Toronto and the TTC hope to complete the planning for the proposed Scarborough Subway Extension. The changes made will include extending Line 2, the Bloor-Danforth subway, north of Kennedy Station replacing the need for the Scarborough RT.

(Above: Map Highlighting Proposed Scarborough Transit Plan)

Associate Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, Murtaza Haider said that this plan will be beneficial to the Scarborough community.

“You will see better service and connectivity,” Haider said.

Professor Haider does statistical research on transport markets and transport and infrastructure planning and development. He said the goal to complete the plan by the end of 2016 is reasonable and that it will take about 10 years to complete the final project.

Other extensions were considered by the City’s Executive Committee last Thursday. This includes an extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus.

The completion of the project aims to provide people with better accessibility around Scarborough and parts of the City. This will benefit Ryerson students who live past Kennedy station and want to get to other places in Scarborough.

First year Ryerson Journalism student, Tianna Reno said with the current Subway line, it is a hassle to get on at Kennedy to begin her commute to Ryerson.

“Sometimes [the subway] is so full and you can’t get on,” said Reno. “With this new plan, I can just get on at Scarborough Town Centre.”

Fellow commuter and Ryerson Journalism Student, Adjani Ngako Toussom’s commute takes about an hour. She said she is happy to hear about the new plan.

“This one morning, I had to wait for two trains because the other train was full,” Toussom said. “What we have right now is outdated.”

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