Aug 13, 2019
By Jane Brown
We are learning that Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government may not build subways after all.
A published report says the Tories have convened an expert panel to consider potential changes to the Yonge North and Scarborough subway extension projects, including the possibility of building portions of the lines above ground and reducing the number of planned stations.
Panel members have yet to make recommendations, but building new rail lines above ground would mark a drastic departure for Premier Doug Ford.
During his time as a Toronto city councillor, Doug Ford joined with his brother, then mayor Rob Ford to oppose surface rail lines and promote subways.
The new panel is also reportedly being tasked with reviewing the TTC’s estimates for project operation and capital costs, exploring the potential for third party development to be integrated with subway construction, and determining whether the projects could be procured using public-private partnerships.
A spokesperson for Mayor John Tory says “the mayor’s priority is that no projects are delayed.”