With all this talk of Steve Munro wanting to debate SOS, I figured it was time for a poll. It is almost important as a tool for the election and which vision politicians would work toward if they are elected.
If anything I'd say the lack of progress on TC is what is disheartening people. To think that this city couldn't even handle something as basic as TC without budgets skyrocketing and the whole plan itself being in danger has given people zero confidence in the city and the TTC in particular.The answer to your question is in EnviroTO's post. Perhaps when people voted on those other polls, Transit City was considered as much a pipe dream as any. Now we're seeing unprecedented progress and momentum which has never been seen in this city. It's like the goose that laid the golden eggs. If you get greedy and kill the goose, you end up with nothing.
I think it's that people aren't seeing it project for project. They figure that TC's already set in motion, and that it's better to sit back and do nothing. I'm sure many have also forgotten that Move Toronto is cost-neutral with TC, and can remain so (or even dip below, depending on how well the projects are managed.) And the same kind of legislation that allowed TC to be born in less than two years could have the same done for subways, and this plan could be on with only a two or three year setback.I find it interesting that in every subway poll I ever created, subway won by a large margin over LRT, but in this poll it's split about 50-50, whereas you'd expect a similar advantage to subway. SOS's plan is really just the sum total of all the polls I conducted on this site over the years (Eglinton, SRT, Sheppard) so I admit I'm surprised. But it's only been a day. So we'll see.
Maybe the answer is: any particular subway expansion is affordable, but expanding the network isn't? I'm not sure. But I still think there are real savings to be had by having continual subway expansion rathe than the one-offs we've been doing recently.