Well... you can blame Rob Ford for that. he was the one who cancelled sheppard, buried ECT and made the mess of scarborough.More like they should have built transit city for that money and it would have been done by now.
Also the recession cut back on projects as well.
You can argue the nuances of whether or not it was overbuilt, but YRT used the money that was given to them into full effect and they did something, rather than TTC just sitting on their hands and flip flopping for a generation.
Then again as I mentioned before. the viva rapidways are future proofed. They do not need to spend significant amounts of money to upgrade to LRT in the future like ECT is doing now. This is more like spending now for the next 50 years, which is
smart spending imo. The cost for doing this same work 30 years down the road will be 5X+. The ridership in hwy 7 and yonge will go up significantly in the next 10-15 years