The conventional story about the St. Clair West LRT is that it was a disaster: cost overruns, struggling business, failed adoption and so on. It has become a rallying call for opponents of expanded rapid transit in Toronto.
But as with so many battles waged mostly via angry anecdotes, actual data can help us cut through the rhetoric. A report in Saturday's Globe and Mail helps to set the record straight:
On the recommendation of councillor Joe Mihevc, the city is considering hiring an independent consultant to prepare a more complete statistical picture of how the St. Clair line has worked out and what issues still have room for further improvement.
It won't be enough to change the mind of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who consistently demonstrates an incorrigible disdain for reality's bias - his response was, "You don't have to have a study...it's a complete disaster" - but it should help put the issue to bed for anyone prepared to be convinced by actual evidence.
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