56% in Scarborough oppose $3.5 billion subway extension and the $1
billion tax increase
TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - A majority of Toronto voters,
including a solid majority in Scarborough, want to build a seven-stop
Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in Scarborough rather than a three-stop
subway extension that means a $1 billion tax increase over 30 years.
These are the key findings of an independent survey conducted by Leger
Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014.
As part of its regular sampling of opinion on key public policy issues,
Leger asked Torontonians aged 18 and older who are eligible to vote to
evaluate the LRT and subway options for Scarborough, including their
cost, property tax impact, accessibility to transit users and projected
dates of completion. Here are the survey's key findings:
Among voters expressing a position, 61% say they support the LRT line to
provide improved public transit service to Scarborough, while 39%
support a subway extension.
Voters in Scarborough prefer an LRT over a subway for their own part of
the city by 56% to 44%.
The strongest support for the LRT option is found in the former City of
Toronto at 75%, York (68%) and East York (67%).
The strongest support for building a subway extension in Scarborough
comes from voters in North York, who are split 50%-50% on which transit
option is best for Scarborough.
The findings indicate a change in voters' views from January 2011, when
a Leger survey of Torontonians found 52% chose building subways over
building light rail. That question was not specifically about which
option is best for Scarborough, and did not mention that building a
subway extension in Scarborough would mean a $1 billion tax increase
for all Toronto taxpayers.
Leger surveyed 523 Toronto adults over the age of 18 and eligible to
vote on January 31 and February 1, 2014, using its online panel,
LegerWeb. The data have been weighted according to Statistics Canada
population data for age and gender.
SOURCE: Leger, The Research Intelligence Group
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