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Ontario Supporting Next Steps for the Relief Subway Line

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Ontario Supporting Next Steps for the Relief Subway Line

Province Committed to Improving Transit

Ministry of Transportation

As part of Moving Ontario Forward, the province is supporting planning and design work as well as route and station locations for the proposed Relief Line that will improve transit and help manage congestion on the Yonge Subway line.

Ontario's transit agency Metrolinx will be receiving more than $150 million to work with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) on advancing the planning and design work that will ensure the proposed line is shovel ready, making it easier for people to travel around the Greater Toronto Area.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. 

Expanding and creating new transit projects is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • The City of Toronto expects to complete its Relief Line Project Assessment Study in 2016.
  • The province’s Moving Ontario Forward plan is supporting public transit, transportation and priority infrastructure projects by investing $31.5 billion. About $16 billion of this will be invested in priority rapid transit projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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“Under our Moving Ontario Forward plan, we’re working to ensure the Relief Line is well-designed and best connects people to school, families, and jobs. This is further proof of our government’s commitment to provide accessible, modern transit infrastructure that is reducing commute times and improving the quality of life for Ontarians.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“Building up our transportation infrastructure has direct, positive economic impacts to our province. Infrastructure investments create jobs, and generate significant economic activity in communities across the province. I'm pleased that our government is supporting the planning phase ‎of this project. This project has the potential to allow individuals and businesses to reduce their travel times, in turn improving Ontario’s business climate and commuter quality of life.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

“Metrolinx looks forward to continuing to work together with the City of Toronto and the TTC on planning for this new rapid transit project in Toronto.”

Bruce McCuaig

President and CEO, Metrolinx

“We need fast and reliable transit across our city so people can get to work on time and get home faster to spend more time with their families. A big part of that is cutting congestion on the Yonge Line by getting on with building the relief line. By investing crucial dollars to get the relief line shovel ready, the province is stepping up as a partner so we can move forward together to get shovels in the ground.”

John Tory

Mayor of Toronto

“The Relief Line continues to be an ongoing priority to relieve congestion on the Yonge Line. This additional funding for design and planning work is great news for the TTC, and I look forward to working with our partners at Metrolinx to advance this project.”

Josh Colle

Chair, Toronto Transit Commission

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