Letter to the Editor: What’s Real? LRT vs. Subway

My name is Howard Moscoe and I live in the area south of Finch Avenue,
west of Keele Street. I have lived in the same house for the past 53 years.
As a past chair of the TTC for nine years and a former elected official (32
years) I am appalled that one of the candidates in this municipal election
has attempted to make SUBWAY vs. LRT an issue. It is a phoney debate.
THERE IS NO DEBATE.

The Finch Light Rail Line (LRT) was approved by the TTC and Toronto
Council in 2008 and has been in the planning stage for the past ten years.
When we constructed the Spadina subway extension we built an LRT
station right under the Finch West subway station. The Finch Rapid
Transit Line was designed to bring rapid transit to the North West
quadrant of Toronto. Construction is about to begin. The line is designed to travel west along
Finch Avenue to Humber College and from there to the Woodbine Racetrack Lands.

FACTS:

  • To date, $400 million has been spent planning and constructing the Finch LRT. To cancel
    the line in favour of a subway would see most of that money, your tax money, wasted.
  • Scrapping the LRT in favour of a subway would set the project back ten years. Add to
    that another 10 to 15 years for construction. Most of us would not see a Finch subway
    in our lifetimes.
  • A $multi- billion development has been approved for the Woodbine Racetrack lands.
    That development is conditional on the construction of the FINCH LRT. Scrapping the
    LRT along Finch Avenue would kill that development and the thousands of jobs that go
    with it. Premier Ford who is a strong supporter of the Woodbine development would
    never kill the Finch LRT.
  • Passengers are being shoehorned onto Finch buses. Road congestion is strangling our
    roads. We need the Finch West Rapid Transit Line NOW.ANY POLITICIAN THAT TELLS YOU THAT HE WILL BRING A SUBWAY LINE TO FINCH AVENUE
    IS PROPOSING TO SET BACK TRANSIT RELIEF BY 25 YEARS.HE KNOWS HE IS DECEIVING YOU TO GET YOUR VOTE AND SIMPLY DOES NOT DESERVE IT.“THAT’S WHAT’S REAL”
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