“The Scarborough subway is not based on short-term growth, it’s based on a long-term vision to turn the Scarborough centre into something fundamentally different than what it is today,” Keesmaat said, adding that she wouldn’t find it troublesome if the population in nearby areas continued to decline for a few years. “The subway alone isn’t enough to create an urban place.”
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, a vocal proponent of the subway extension, argued that the transit stop will serve a much greater population than the neighbourhoods directly surrounding it.
“I have no concerns at all about the viability of the subway station because the subway station isn’t just about a circle or a bull's-eye around the station,” said De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre). He predicted that the stop would be a “feeder station” for hundreds of thousands of residents in northeast Scarborough and Markham.