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Scarborough subway should include a 4th stop: poll

The saga of the Scarborough subway continues as a poll from Mainstreet Technologies shows a majority of Torontonians want a fourth stop on the already-approved three-stop subway line.

The current plan — arrived at after months of political bickering at all levels of government — calls for a 10-kilometre, three-stop line to replace the aging Scarborough RT.

Deputy mayor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre) floated the idea of a fourth stop late in 2014. He estimated the cost to be about $100 to $150 million for an additional stop, which he proposed be built at Danforth Road and Eglinton Avenue.

The poll shows 53 per cent of respondents would support the fourth stop, with 67 per cent of Scarborough residents saying they strongly or somewhat support the proposal.

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According to the Mainstreet poll, 45 per cent of downtown and Etobicoke residents supported the plan, and 55 per cent of North York residents were in favour.

The Scarborough councillor didn’t bring the idea of a fourth stop up sooner because he was too busy trying to convince LRT advocates to cancel the light-rail plan proposed in favour of a subway, any subway, he told the Toronto Star.

City council approved a plan to build a subway in October 2013, with the federal government committing $660 million to the project.

Mayor Tory has said he supports the plan as it is.

Mainstreet polled a random sample of 2,320 respondents by interactive voice response on Sunday. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.03 per cent.

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