Sheppard Subway

Will the Sheppard subway line actually be built?

It's been a few weeks since I've done a Friday poll, and since there's been some discussion of the recent Forum Research numbers (PDF) regarding road tolls, separated bike lanes and other municipal affairs, perhaps it'll be fun to respond by conducting one of our oh-so-unscientific surveys. Without getting into to all the various topics covered by the original poll, here are few highlights to do with what you will (remember, Forum Research is the same company that brought us this flawed document).

  • 57% of respondents believe that Rob Ford is doing a good job as mayor (down slightly from the poll linked to above)
  • 72% of respondents support the installment of separated bike lanes in Toronto
  • 57% of respondents oppose cutting the number of officers to help freeze property taxes
  • 52% of respondents support the five cent plastic bag fee
  • 65% of respondents don't support the idea of road tolls to fund the Sheppard Subway Line

There's a lot one could say about all of these stats, but for today I'm most interested in the last one: road tolls and Sheppard subway funding. One will recall that Gordon Chong, who was selected by Ford to determine funding strategies for line, argued earlier this week that tolls could provide a much-needed revenue source for the project. That suggestion (and it really was just that, rather than a full-blown proposal), was immediately shot down by the mayor and TTC Chair Karen Stintz.

So, today's poll is straightforward. Given the reticence to discuss a strategy like this one and the current funding situation in general, do you think the Sheppard Subway Line is destined to be built in the next — oh, I don't know — 25 years?


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