That's an interesting debate.It was shot down because it doubled the budget and eliminated any available funds for other high priority transit projects, all because Ford wanted it underground.
A compromise was proposed with it being above ground from Brentcliffe and including a two-stop Sheppard extension, but Ford rejected it.
The Ford plan was ridiculous - what would happen to any future Eglinton East extensions? Would they have to transfer at Kennedy?
A foolish political move that set transit back for decades.
Are you the poster formerly known as BurlOak?
If Toronto vowed to never build another transit line, would you prefer
the ECLRT connected to SRT or
a separate on-street ECLRT, a disconnected SRT, and an SELRT plus FWLRT.
I'd probably answer the Relief Line.
If we'd plan on spending a few Billion every year on transit (as it appeared we were heading at the time), then I would vote for doing the ECLRT/SRT right, instead of 4 half-ass projects.
But if appears many people in the 2011-12 era thought that we don't need any more rapid transit and that on-street LRT was the solution to all our problems.