Day 352 - Good Idea
Simply, the Don Mills line needs advocacy and a good indication of what it might look like to counter the “downtown has enough subways” drivel dished out by Mayor Rob Ford. Steve Munro, A Don Mills Subway for Toronto
Yep, one more transit drawing before the year is out. When it comes to Good Ideas, this is the one that people in Toronto agree on, but yet no one actually acts on it. Either due to the price tag, politics within the City and Province, or just plain obliviousness, another subway line to relieve congestion on the Yonge line is quickly becoming a necessity. Normally, it’s called the Downtown Relief Line, but like Mr. Munro, I think it needs a name change.
Why the NewBlue line? Well, the Scarborough RT (the current blue line) is due to be replaced by a Bloor-Danforth/green line subway extension by 2023, so with the colour available, let’s use it for this new subway! Plus, NewBlue removes the words “downtown,” “relief,” and any geographical markers from the name. My vain attempt to bamboozle the less civically engaged populace into thinking this isn’t the same thing as the DRL.
And the best way to pitch it is by focusing on the benefits to everyone outside of downtown. A fat lot of good that shiny new subway extension will be for Scarborough residents when they still can’t cram onto the first three southbound trains at Bloor-Yonge.
I was pressed for time and way short on sleep, so this was the first and best thing that came to mind. Not much for artistry, but I’ll get back to that once I have more time. Like after tomorrow when I’m on vacation for the rest of the calendar year.