Ontario Establishes Economic Task Force for Scarborough Transit
New Ontario Government Investing $1.4 Billion to Build Scarborough Subway; Creating 14,000 Jobs
Ontario is appointing a task force that will help Scarborough capitalize on economic development opportunities arising from transit investments.
Co-chaired by Scarborough Centre MPP Brad Duguid and Toronto City Councillor Michael Thompson, the task force will create an urban renewal strategy that will strengthen the regional economy by helping to address gridlock so that families can get to and from work easily and businesses can get their products moving more quickly and spend less time sitting in traffic.
The strategy will also encourage smart urban development to help leverage private investment, improve access to public services, maximize ridership, develop industrial clusters and create greater connectivity to the region.
The Province continues to urge the Federal government to develop a national infrastructure strategy and to invest in transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Investing in public transit infrastructure is part of the new Ontario government's plan to help reduce gridlock, strengthen communities, create jobs and help people in their everyday lives.
- Metrolinx indicated in its letter to the City Manager on June 28 that there are costs associated with changing the LRT project to a subway. Improvements to Kennedy Station are still needed as part of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project and the Province will transfer $320 million from the original Scarborough LRT budget to the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.
- The Province will invest the remaining $1.4 billion for the new Scarborough subway proposal.
- The Province is fully funding the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, which will be in service by 2020. Tunnel boring machines named Dennis and Lea are currently digging the underground portion of the line eastward from Black Creek Drive.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $16.1 billion in public transit in the province, including approximately $7.7 billion in GO Transit.
“Our government is moving forward to establish a joint Ontario-Toronto-private sector task force that will look at opportunities to maximize economic development and job opportunities as we continue to build the Big Move projects in Scarborough.”
“Transit improvements for Scarborough will help make it easier residents and will encourage much needed business development and job opportunities that help create a more liveable and stronger community.”
“I am pleased to be involved with the province’s plans to establish a new task force that will look at ways to improve and maximize benefits that come with building transit, such as employment and investments that spur economic development.”