Prioritize DRL over Scarborough Subway – majority

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Prioritize DRL over Scarborough Subway – majority

One half want subway decision reopened

TORONTO AUGUST 2nd - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 892 Toronto voters, the majority, 6-in-10, want the Downtown Relief Line (DRL) built before the Scarborough Subway (61%), where just more than a quarter opt for the Scarborough project (28%). One twentieth think neither should be built first (6%) or don’t have an opinion (5%). It is only in Scarborough itself that a majority of voters want the subway prioritized (52%), although as many as one third want a DRL (35%).Doug Ford mayoral voters are more enthusiastic about a Scarborough subway (44%) than are Tory (23%) or Chow voters (18%).

One half want Scarborough subway decision reopened

One half of Toronto voters want council to reconsider the decision to build the Scarborough subway (48%), while one third disagree (34%). As many as one fifth don’t know (18%). Wanting the decision reopened is common to mid age groups (45 to 54 - 54%), Chow voters (60%) and, surprisingly, in Scarborough (58%).

Scarborough needs subway, not LRT – plurality

The plurality of Toronto voters say Scarborough’s transit needs are best met with a subway (44%), rather than an LRT (39%), while about one tenth think neither is the answer (7%) or don’t know (9%). The subway choice is especially popular among males (49%), the less wealthy ($20K to $60K - 50%), among Doug Ford voters (72%), in North York (53%) and, to a lesser extent, in Scarborough (50%).

It’s clear the city as a whole sees the need to unburden the spine of our transit network, the Yonge-University line, while residents of Scarborough want to see the promise of their subway fulfilled. Despite this, many Scarborough residents want to see the subway decision reopened by council, but I doubt it is because they want it cancelled," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.