LRT Preferred to Subway in Scarborough

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LRT Preferred to Subway in Scarborough

Most want to cancel subway and build something else

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 667 Toronto voters, the plurality, more than 4-in-10, say a seven stop LRT funded by the province at about $1.5 billion is best for Scarborough (42%) as opposed to fewer than 3-in-10 who prefer the planned Scarborough subway, with one stop, costing more than $3 billion (28%). In Scarborough, close to half choose the LRT (45%), while fewer than 4-in-10 opt for the planned subway (39%). In the city as a whole, as many as 3-in-10 have no opinion (30%), while half this many are undecided in Scarborough (16%).

Most want subway cancelled, something else built

When presented with the cost increases and reduction in stops of the planned Scarborough subway, the plurality, more than 4-in-10 say the subway should be cancelled and something else built (44%), while just more than a third think the subway should go ahead as planned (35%). One fifth do not venture an opinion (21%). In Scarborough, fewer than half opt for the subway as planned (47%), while more than a third think it should be cancelled and replaced by something else (37%). One sixth don’t have an opinion (16%).

Much higher approval for LRT than subway, especially in Scarborough

When the subway is described as having one stop and costing more than $3 billion, there is a relatively even split between approval (40%) and disapproval (43%), with less than a fifth unsure (17%). For the LRT option, however, described as having seven stops and being funded by the province at $1.5 billion, more than two thirds approve (68%) and just a fifth disapprove (21%). In Scarborough, approval of the subway option is at more than half (56%), but approval for the LRT is at as much as 7-in-10 (71%).

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.“It appears, after years of being pummeled by promises of transit, the citizens of Scarborough are no longer fixated on subways. At this point, they just want transit, and the sooner the better. Even east of Victoria Park, an LRT is seen to be preferred to a subway, if it actually goes somewhere” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.