A proposal to build a TTC bus garage in a part of Scarborough that is home to a long-term care facility has raised the ire of local residents who feel the project is both a health hazard and a safety risk.
The TTC would like to establish a facility on vacant land at Kennedy Road and McNicoll Avenue, which is also located near a seniors' residence and long-term care facility. If the project moves ahead as proposed, it would be home to both a bus garage and a fuel storage area.
A community group is speaking out against the proposal.
Long-time resident Patricia Sinclair said Monday that she is "pro-transit," but she is opposed to the TTC's proposal at the Kennedy and McNicoll site.
Sinclair said she's worried about increased traffic, air pollution and noise.
"Only in Toronto would a transit agency be allowed to put a bus garage on prime real estate to the detriment of vulnerable seniors while exposing the environment and neighbourhood to unconscionable risk," Sinclair said Monday, during a news conference that was held at the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church.
Andy Byford, the TTC's chief executive officer, said it's too early to comment before the bus-garage plan is formally presented to his board later this week.
But the TTC has said that the $180-million project would reduce operating costs as its buses could be housed closer to the routes they serve. It says that any air pollution increase is expected to be minimal, noise will be limited and all fuel tanks will meet safety regulations.