The Scarborough RT, which operates between Kennedy Station and McCowan Station on the Bloor-Danforth Subway line, has been in service for over 30 years.
Average daily weekday ridership on the Scarborough RT is 39,900 riders (2013).
The vehicles that run on the Scarborough RT are reaching the end of their normal lifespan.
There is no simple way to ‘fix’ the Scarborough RT – replacing and adding RT vehicles is not possible because the existing vehicles are outdated and no longer available for purchase.
The Scarborough RT needs to be replaced to continue to provide high quality transit for the benefit of transit users across Toronto and within Scarborough.
The City and TTC have clear direction to deliver a fast, efficient and reliable subway system that extends the Bloor-Danforth line north from Kennedy Station.
Recent estimates indicate that by 2031, the proposed new line – the Scarborough Subway Extension – will carry approximately 7,300 riders during the peak hour in the peak direction.
The City of Toronto and TTC have initiated the planning work that will lead to the completion of an environmental assessment under the Ontario Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) in 2017.
The first stage of the planning work – the Project Assessment Study – will recommend a preferred alignment and station locations for the Scarborough Subway Extension, and will identify any potential negative impacts or benefits to the natural environment or the community.
The plan is for the Scarborough Subway Extension to be in operation by 2025-2026.