I’m familiar with the plans and don’t oppose them per se, I just find it strange overall that this much money has been poured into Scarborough with little material benefit to the users by 2030. What I meant was It will be at least 20 years before a newly completed/extended rapid transit line pushes further into Scarborough (lines 4/5) and so we are basically back at square one with no net new coverage.No reason to feel bad or apologize for ignorance, unlike bad faith.
A lot of what you have written seems to align quite closely to narratives/arguments of those opposed to the current plans.
The Extension will have three stops. Lots of people still believe it is only one, but this was decided in 2017 or so. It is possible for the extension to take 20 years, but even when the project gets its eventual delay, I think it will be closer to ten than twenty years.
I agree with you more with the Crosstown. I think it will be slow and unreliable compared with grade-separated rail.
As an aside, I've always bristled at the framing of projects that some people don't like as political pandering, and projects people like as much-needed and reasonable. The former usually comes with calls to hugely reduce spending and move money to a different part of the city, not to improve the implementation of the plan in question.
Politics are unfortunately the determining factor for alot of this, not sound planning. The SSE is undoubtedly necessary, as losing the SRT without a replacement would be a huge mistake. But, we should prioritize the planned BRTs/other projects in recognition of the SSE being a zero-sum addition, and actually achieve the goal of expanding transit in Scarborough. This would be to also compensate for the long time before any other rapid transit line would open.