Quiet Suburban Road Considered for Toronto's New Subway

Some are calling one of the proposed routes for an extended Scarborough subway route in Toronto a straw man. The discussion about the route provides insight into the city's current transit planning process.

1 minute read

June 4, 2015, 12:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Jennifer Pagliaro reports on the potential of a subway line along Bellamy Road, "the leafy heart of Scarborough" in Toronto.

Pagliaro describes Bellamy Road: "Buses arrive infrequently on a weekday afternoon; the way is lined with fenced-in backyards butting up on grass-bordered sidewalks and calm pedestrian crossings shaded by a dense tree canopy. Single-family detached homes fan out from the road along quiet cul-de-sacs."

And yet, Bellamy Road is one of three options under consideration by the city for the Scarborough subway extension. According to Paglaino, the Bellamy Road route's farthest east location makes it the most viable of the three for Mayor John Tory.

But, according to the main argument of the article, that option isn't a very good one. "Experts who spoke at length with the Star say it doesn’t appear there’s the density or ridership to justify a subway along the Bellamy Rd. corridor — or the additional costs it would require to build it," according to Pagliaro.

The article goes on to provide a lot more detail about the potential routes of the proposed subway and the political considerations that will influence a final decision. Final studies on the proposed routes are expected in fall of this year.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 in Toronto Star

Aerial view of homes on green hillsides in Daly City, California.

Depopulation Patterns Get Weird

A recent ranking of “declining” cities heavily features some of the most expensive cities in the country — including New York City and a half-dozen in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 10, 2024 - California Planning & Development Report

Aerial view of Oakland, California with bay in background

California Exodus: Population Drops Below 39 Million

Never mind the 40 million that demographers predicted the Golden State would reach by 2018. The state's population dipped below 39 million to 38.965 million last July, according to Census data released in March, the lowest since 2015.

April 11, 2024 - Los Angeles Times

A view straight down LaSalle Street, lined by high-rise buildings with an El line running horizontally over the street.

Chicago to Turn High-Rise Offices into Housing

Four commercial buildings in the Chicago Loop have been approved for redevelopment into housing in a bid to revitalize the city’s downtown post-pandemic.

April 10, 2024 - Chicago Construction News

Four-story light-colored multifamily apartment building.

How Financing Restricts the Rental Housing Market

The way apartment buildings are financed has a major impact on supply and costs.

26 minutes ago - Strong Towns

Texas Bike Lane

Houston Mayor Pauses Complete Streets Projects

The move raises concerns among road safety advocates who point out that traffic deaths continue to rise.

1 hour ago - Governing

Yellow and silver Metro Transit light rail train pulling into outdoor station in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Twin Cities Trains Move to Fewer Cars, Higher Frequency

Headways will drop from 15 minutes to 12 minutes.

2 hours ago - Axios

News from HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Call for Speakers

Mpact Transit + Community

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.