Motion to derail Finch West and Sheppard East LRTs should be stopped in its tracks
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Herman Rosenfeld firstname.lastname@example.org 416-388-2309
Brenda Thompson email@example.com 647-974-2928
Members of Scarborough Transit Action and TTCriders are encouraged by Mayor Tory's recent statement of support for the Sheppard and Finch LRTs. We urge the Executive Committee of Council to settle this issue once and for all, by voting down a motion from city councillors Mammoliti and Karygiannis to cancel much needed LRTs for Sheppard East and Finch West.
"The people in these communities have been dependent on bus service for too long. They deserve access to rapid transit, not a hollow promise of subways", says TTCrider Herman Rosenfeld
Why build the LRT’s now?
Both lines are fully funded by the province and won’t require a cent of new costs from Toronto residents to build; Construction could begin now and be completed before 2020.
“The Sheppard East LRT will cut travel time in half. It will bring 26 stops from Don Mills to Morningside and serve communities where it takes over an hour to get to key destinations by bus “, says Brenda Thompson, of Scarborough Transit Action.
The 18 stop Finch West LRT will replace the overcrowded 36 Finch bus and provide service from Humber College to Keele Subway Station. A subway or bus-lane wouldn’t serve this community’s needs.
What’s wrong with the ‘subway or nothing’ motion?
"With a 'subway or nothing’ we will be left behind another 20 years without mass transit access, or no stops in the right places,” says Herman Rosenfeld.
Calls to scrap the LRT’s are based on dishonest and superficial statements about the reliability and appropriateness of LRT’s in comparison with subways. LRT’s work in the winter weather, are reliable and have the capacity to accommodate the numbers of travellers in Scarborough and Finch West.
Keep it public
The Province plans to run these LRTs privately. Privatizing new transit lines puts private profit ahead of public service and affordable fares. Labour costs are cut while good, local jobs are replaced with low-wage, temporary ones. Council should urge the Province to begin construction of both LRT lines now – and build them publicly.