No, the Government of Ontario is responsible for the line going underground. They could have made the decision to elevate it, but they didn't. The City of Toronto isn't responsible for poor decisions made at the provincial level.
^If you followed any of the most recent City Council meeting, you would have seen City staff defend their position and indicate that they were sticking to their guns about a surface alignment. While I don't agree with everything in their position (I would like to see a couple cut-and-cover duckunders at key intersections) I thought that showed integrity and courage. One wonders how ML managed to write a business case with a completely different result. ML is not known for a willingness to speak truth to power.
Interestingly, City Staff also went further than I have ever heard to acknowledge and promote transit priority signalling, for Crosstown and for the Eglinton West extension.
Sure. Whatever the label, the point is that there are models around the world that demonstrate surface level LRTs/tramways can provide excellent service.
What about those contexts completely differ from Eglinton and make them incomparable?
They tend to be used for local service or in far more far flung suburban areas, or again to supplement existing Metro Lines. Look at Paris.
Council were able to lock out Ford and force a return to Transit City - surely they could have force the elevated option on Eglinton whether Ford liked it or not.
The entire council is a joke with career politicians filled with their own agendas as far as I'm concerned
Can't be in charge if you're unwilling to pay for it. You forfeit that power for someone else to grab it.
The Eglinton Crosstown West Extension completes a missing link: How a decades-old expressway plan will help bridge a transit gapThe Eglinton Crosstown West Extension completes a missing link: How a decades-old expressway plan will help bridge a transit gapblog.metrolinx.com
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