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Eglinton LRT in limbo

They were disappointed when former premier Mike Harris cancelled their subway in favour of one on Sheppard.

They were disappointed when former premier Mike Harris cancelled their subway in favour of one on Sheppard.

Now, with a new mayor in charge, residents and businesses along Eglinton Avenue once again fear for the future of rapid transit in their neighbourhoods. They are writing letters and holding meetings as a way to fend off another broken promise.

“As a community that’s already been toyed with, I can tell you people in those neighbourhoods are very concerned they may get squeezed out again,” said Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler, who has been canvassing Eglinton-area residents on the issue.

Mayor Rob Ford announced the suspension of the Transit City light-rail plan two weeks ago because he doesn’t want any more street-level rail built in Toronto.

Even though it’s supposed to run underground between Leslie and Keele and therefore might fit with Ford’s plans, Eglinton is in limbo.

Soil testing continues there while the TTC develops an alternative to the Transit City plan, but it’s too soon to say what will become of the Eglinton LRT, according to the TTC.

Even though his constituents are nervous, Coun. Josh Colle (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence) said he is optimistic the LRT will go ahead, given that Ford seems to be softening his stance to include underground light rail.

 
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