Province Moving Transit Projects Forward

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Province Moving Transit Projects Forward

Ministry of Transportation

York VIVA BRT

Description

  • Upgrade York VIVA Bus Rapid Transit with dedicated bus lanes along Highway 7 and Yonge Street that will connect commuters to the Yonge Subway and Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension and GO Transit service to Barrie, Richmond Hill and Stouffville.

Timing
  • Environmental assessments have been completed for the sections of the VIVA system with construction scheduled to begin in fall 2009. The first section will be ready in 2011 with full service available by the end of 2013.

Connections
  • Yonge subway and Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE)
  • GO rail (Barrie, Richmond Hill, Stouffville)

Cost
  • The estimated cost is $1.4 billion.

Scarborough Rapid Transit (RT)

Description
  • Replace existing Scarborough RT vehicles and upgrade infrastructure along the 7.2 km route from Kennedy Station to McCowan Station.  The Scarborough RT will be extended to Malvern Town Centre or Markham Road. The Scarborough RT connects commuters to the Bloor-Danforth Subway, the proposed Sheppard East LRT and GO Rail service.

Timing
  • Subject to environmental approvals, the TTC estimates construction could begin in 2010 and be complete in 2015.

Cost
  • The estimated cost is $1.4 billion, depending on technology choice preferred. All construction and completion dates are subject to receiving environmental and other approvals. Final costs will be determined in the coming months by Metrolinx and the City of Toronto.

Eglinton Crosstown Rapid Transit (RT)

Description
  • 30 km east-west rapid transit line along Eglinton Avenue from Pearson International Airport to Kennedy station in Scarborough with an extension to Malvern. This will include a 10 km tunnel through central Toronto (Keele Street to Leslie Street).
  • Commuters will be able to connect to other transit service including, TTC Eglinton West, Eglinton and Kennedy subway stations and GO Transit.

Timing
  • TTC is conducting the Environmental Assessment - and the second set of public meetings will be held this spring. Subject to environmental approval, the TTC estimates construction could begin in 2010, with service planned for 2016.

Cost
  • The estimated cost is 4.6 billion. All construction and completion dates are subject to receiving environmental and other approvals. Final costs will be determined in the coming months by Metrolinx and the City of Toronto

Finch Light Rail Transit (LRT)

Description
  • Finch LRT will extend from Yonge Street west to Humber College and east to Don Mills Subway Station. Commuters will have better connections to the Yonge, Spadina and Sheppard Subway lines, and the proposed Sheppard Avenue East LRT.

Timing
  • Subject to environmental approval, the TTC estimates construction could start in 2010 with completion by 2013.

Cost
  • Cost Estimate: $1.2 billion. All construction and completion dates are subject to receiving environmental and other approvals. Final costs will be determined in the coming months by Metrolinx and the City of Toronto.

Hamilton Rapid Transit Studies

Description
  • Study potential rapid transit on two corridors in Hamilton, including East-West Corridor (King-Main Streets) and James-Upper James Street Corridor
  • Hamilton is currently developing rapid transit plans for the two major corridors
  • This funding will assist Hamilton (in cooperation with Metrolinx) in finalizing their plans for these corridors.

Timing
  • Planning study to be completed by spring 2010.

Cost
  • Cost Estimate: $3 million

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