After almost 30 years of service, the vehicles that run on Line 3 (Scarborough RT) are reaching the end of their normal lifespan. An integrated and comprehensive rapid transit system is required soon to continue to provide high quality transit that benefits users in Scarborough and across Toronto.
The Scarborough RT opened for service in 1985 and operates between Kennedy Station – the eastern terminus of the Bloor-Danforth Subway line - and McCowan Station. It has been operating beyond capacity for over a decade and relatively simple system enhancements – such as replacing and adding RT vehicles – are not possible because the existing vehicles are outdated and no longer available for purchase.
Considerable thought has been given to the rapid transit system that would best meet the needs of existing and future transit users. In 2013, City Council – after weighing the pros and cons of the available options – confirmed support for an extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway line to replace the aging Scarborough RT.
The proposed new extension is a critical part of relieving regional congestion, and is required soon to replace the aging Scarborough RT. The time to plan is now.