Moving Forward with Toronto Transit Projects
McGuinty Government Improving Public Transit, Creating 80,000 Jobs
Ontario is moving forward to deliver the largest transit expansion in the City of Toronto's history, which will help ease congestion and create thousands of jobs.
The province has approved Toronto City Council's transit plan and has set construction timelines for the following light rail transit (LRT) projects:
- The Eglinton Crosstown LRT from Black Creek to Kennedy Station: work is already underway and will be completed by 2020.
- The Scarborough RT replacement and extension to Sheppard Avenue: work will begin in 2014 and be completed by 2020.
- The Finch West LRT from the Toronto-York-Spadina Subway extension to Humber College: work will begin in 2015 and be completed by 2020.
- The Sheppard East LRT from Don Mills station to east of Morningside Avenue: work will begin in 2017 and be completed by 2021.
Investing in public transit is part of the McGuinty government's plan to strengthen the economy. A strong economy protects the services that mean most to Ontario families -- health care and education.
- The McGuinty government has committed $8.4 billion toward the transit plan approved by Toronto City Council in March 2012.
- The optimized construction schedule will ensure the availability of local construction workers to avoid higher project costs.
- Ontario, through Metrolinx, a provincial Crown agency, will own all four light rail transit lines.
- Construction is underway to build the new Air Rail Link (ARL) between Toronto Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport. It will be in service for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
“Our government's public transit investment will keep commuters moving across the City of Toronto and provide an easy connection to subways, buses and the GO Transit network. Our focus is on getting shovels in the ground and delivering much-needed public transit projects for the residents of Toronto.”
“We are committed to building these projects and ensuring that they meet the transit needs of Toronto residents and the broader region.”