It had been, which is why I noted there was some serious hope. But there'd been no construction under this contract yet. Recall that the previous time that the PCs were elected they had cancelled the Eglinton West subway when it was further advanced than Finch West was, with construction started, and multiple contracts awarded. There wasn't much optimism here in 2018 that the project would still proceed.Finch West reached financial close at the end of the last Liberal term ...
The eight major rapid transit projects under construction, or about to start (Line 1 extension and the Hamilton LRT) are all fully funded. As are the five RER projects and the Bloor-Yonge project. That's 14 major funded RT/RER projects in the $1 billion to $10 billion range each. I admit the other 2 big province-run projects (Line 4 extension and Line 5 from Renforth to Pearson) aren't yet fully funded (and hopefully the latter will cost less than $1 billion).Many of the projects you're crediting to the current provincial government are still unfunded, or were cancelled by them in their hyper-partisan tear-everything-down phase, only to be resurrected with a later completion date, i.e. the Hamilton LRT.
Fair enough. How many were funded under the Liberals? It was less than 14. And they'd even managed to unfund Sheppard East LRT themselves!... a fair comparison would be limited to funded and under-construction projects.
I don't think including the line 4 and line 5 extensions was that much of a reach. There were many other reaches that one could have speculatively made, such as the Line 6 extensions to Woodbine Racetrack GO and Yonge - or even BRT projects and GO Expansion projects (such as the extension in the west to Confederation GO, and in the east to Bowmanville) which are in various states of approval and construction. Not to mention the myriad of new Toronto GO stations that are mostly (if not entirely) fully funded, such as Caledonia, Finch East, Spadina, Liberty, Lansdowne (or whatever they call it), East Harbour, etc.
We should do both ... or all.Before I lived downtown, I used to live near "Gerrones" so the Carlaw OL station would have been great for me then. I don't doubt that the OL will have a major positive impact for many outside of the city, and with a station opening just 2 blocks from where I live, it will be useful to me too. But my point remains that it will hardly create the RT network that Toronto needs in its core, first and foremost, and that we should be working on this before an extension to Sheppard.
That was the problem with the old thinking for the last 20 years, is that we get one project funded and under construction, then think about the next. The approach of tackling many projects simultaneously is far more productive.
Yes it does. On the other hand, an independent non-partisan planning authority would never have moved as quickly, decisively, or boldly as the Doug Ford government putting it's boot up Metrolinx's tail.To reiterate my point, everyone is glad the OL is finally happening but our city's transit needs stable funding and a true non-partisan planning authority.