Projected cost of Scarborough Eglinton East LRT has nearly doubled to more than $4 billion, city report says
The cost estimate has ballooned in part because the province’s plans to build a three-stop subway extension require expensive changes to the LRT plan.
Supposedly two major drivers of cost increases:
1. Longer tunnel from Kennedy because of SSE design
2. Requirement for new, dedicated MSF because the province is now “subway!” on Sheppard
Additionally, concern (also voiced in the press conference), that the province may not allow this to be built, and that the money will only come from the city/Federal govt (no provincial support.)
Honestly, that’s a lotta challenges for this project. I think in all likelihood we’re not gonna see shovels in the ground. Kinda ironic that the SSE and the Sheppard plans drove up the costs too.