Hume gets to the bottom of the issue:
Are we building this city for the car or for people? I would suggest that if we're building a city for people that we would put the LRT at grade [street level] here, too. Because it's not enough just to add transit to the City of Toronto, we have to get rid of cars. I know we're not going to get rid of all of them, but if we can get rid of 20-25 percent, it would make things a whole lot better.
Mayor Ford wants to put the Eglinton LRT underground so that it does not displace any automobile lanes. Outside of the central core, where Eglinton spans six or seven lanes and the built landscape is composed of aging strip plazas and surface parking ripe for redevelopment, that's hollow reasoning and a recipe for failure.
And that's the charitable view. With the vastly escalated cost of a buried line, the real purpose may simply be to render the project unaffordable altogether.
(h/t to the several RTH readers who sent in links to this video)
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