Toronto’s subway story just got exciting-scary.
Residents of several Toronto neighbourhoods scrambled for their Google maps this week as news of the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) plans to build new subway routes in East York and Scarborough surfaced in an unexpectedly tangible way - exact streets (and in the latter case, property addresses) were named.
In a city hungry for transit, most city planning proceeds in a slow drip water torture of flyers, pre-plans, plans, plans about the plans and meetings tediously focussed on particular details (someone in a condo down the block wants to put in a second sink, please come and tell us how you feel about it) - it’s almost as if someone wants people to tune out.
Until something big happens.
A Scarborough man is now vowing to keep his home from expropriation to make way for the Scarborough subway extension near McCowan Rd. In Leslieville, a resident circulated an anonymous letter urging for the Relief Line to run along existing railway tracks to avoid running under area homes. The next day, it emerged that TTC staff will recommend running under homes - a route travelling beneath homes on Pape Ave from the existing Pape subway station in the north to Eastern Ave in the south before turning west along Eastern (see image above).
Curiously, Scarborough residents are getting expropriation warnings about a route yet to be finalized while Leslieville residents have not received any notice of planned routes.
If you live along the proposed routes, you're probably worried. Assuming expropriation isn't a possibility (!), are you about to experience a financial setback? Just how much will a subway running under your home cost you?