Now. "Those folks" in Malvern and what you keep calling the "inscrutable" Jane line (found a quote to latch on to?) participate in residential property tax payments, yes. But said property tax payments contribute about 15% of the TTC's costs. (Ironically, almost as much property tax is paid out by those employers who take advantage of the 905's and 416's infrastructure to shuttle in workers, fed by public transit from all over the place. Heck, those workers even buy lunch and go shopping while they're in town. Labour, shoppers, tourists. Every day! Can you imagine how much this is worth? )
Ahem. Anyway, those residential tax payments defraying about 15% of the TTC's operating costs. As it happens, the subway is the highest cost-recovery portion of the TTC. Not only is it the subway that those 905ers are taking into town every day to be good productive units for 416's employers and merchants, the subway doesn't even go to them -- it's pure marginal revenues!
In other words, it's likely that the small portion of TTC operating costs funded by City of Toronto residential property-owners (many of whom are City of Toronto residents, too, I should note) simply goes to paying for services used only by residents of the City of Toronto (of whom many are City of Toronto property-owners, natch).
This disinformation campaign that Toronto's residents only pitch in 15% is getting tiresome. First off, you conveniently ignore the contribution of business taxes and the fact that a good portion of the businesses in Toronto are sustained by Toronto's residents. Next you ignore the fact that the vast majority of the TTC's patrons are Toronto residents. So your assertion that Toronto residents only pitch in 15% of the TTC's funding is ludicrous at best. And an insulting attempt at discounting the support that the TTC gets from the residents of Toronto.
It should be noted too, that the TTC has far higher non-peak ridership than most cities in Canada, and I am willing to bet money that those riders are by and large local residents not suburban commuters.
Lastly, even if your ridiculous argument that Toronto residents only pitch in 15% was valid (It's not), that's still far more than any 905 resident is putting into the system. So the priorities for the TTC should remain serving Torontonians. Last time I checked Malvern, Jane/Finch, Don Mills, Eglinton, etc were all full taxpaying Torontonians who deserve to be serviced by adequate transit. We may disagree on what that level of service should be. But surely a tax paying Malvernite should have more say than someone who merely coughs up an extra token or two on weekdays. And we should note, they are not getting subways, just LRT. Scarberian may peg the whole 2 billion investment as targeting Malvern. However, that's like saying the entire cost of the Yonge extension is solely to benefit RHC. The lines merely intersect in Malvern and serve various points of interest and communities along the way.
The needs of the 905 should be a distant second. I stand by my assertion that if the 905 wants the TTC to become a regional service they should take it up with the province to split of the subway from the TTC. And they should take on the cost of the whole network, not just the half-dozen stations in York region. If they want to make it the Greater Toronto Transit Commission, they should go all the way. Otherwise, the Mayor of Toronto is spot on when he puts the needs of those who elected him first. If I were a Yonge/Eg resident, I'd be giving Karen Stintz a piece of my mind right now for putting the 905s interests above those of her own constituents.