Questions have arisen over the legitimacy of two stops selected as part of Metrolinx’s $13.5-billion Regional Express Rail project.
According to an article from the Toronto Star, two stations originally rejected through Metrolinx’s analysis were later approved as a result of ‘pressure’ from the provincial transportation ministry.
The Star obtained over 1,000 pages of documents through a freedom of information request which “[…] reveal the behind-the-scenes story of how Metrolinx ignored this analysis and approved the two contentious stations after Del Duca’s ministry interceded.”
The stations in question are Kirby and Lawrence East. The proposed Kirby station is located in Vaughan, within Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca’s riding. The Lawrence East station is part of Toronto Mayor John Tory’s SmartTrack plan for transit.
The original analysis commissioned by Metrolinx, which works as an arm’s length agency for the provincial government, concluded that “[…] both stations would have a negative effect on the rail network and recommended they not be built.” Both stations were later approved by the Metrolinx board of directors.
To read the full Toronto Star article, click here.