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Remarks for Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation

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Remarks for Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation

Ministry of Transportation

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"Thank you, Minister Mulroney.  It is great to be here with all of you.

Building subways is what our government campaigned on, and we are delivering on our promise to build the public transit system that the people of the Toronto and the broader GTHA so desperately need.

That's why we put forward a $28.5 billion plan - Ontario's "New Subway Transit Plan for the GTHA" - which will deliver a better regional transit network that connects more people and reduces travel times throughout the region.

Our plan represents the single largest investment in subway expansion and extensions in Ontario's history.

Under our landmark plan, we will be implementing four priority subway projects:

  1. The Ontario Line, spanning approximately 16 kilometers, and connecting the Exhibition/ Ontario Place on the western lakeshore, to the Ontario Science Centre in northeast Toronto.  We are committed to delivering this line by the end of 2027.
  2. The three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension, finally providing enhanced and expanded transit options that the people of Scarborough have been denied for too long.  We are committed to implementing this line in 2029-30.
  3. The Yonge North Subway Extension, which will stretch from the existing terminus of Finch Station to Richmond Hill Centre in York Region - thereby creating a truly regional subway connection to Markham and Richmond Hill for the first time.  We are committed to delivering this line in 2029-30, as well.
  4. The Eglinton West Crosstown Extension, which will extend the Eglinton Crosstown project, currently under construction, further west along Eglinton Avenue to Renforth Drive, a majority of which will run underground.  We are committed to implementing this line by 2030-31.  The Province is further committed to establishing connectivity with Pearson International Airport.

These projects - and the unprecedented arrangement between Ontario and Toronto that will support their delivery - are great news for the city that I call home.

We must end the culture of delay and start building the expanded and integrated transit network that the public and transit riders deserve.

I want to thank Minister Mulroney for her leadership on getting transit built for people here in Toronto and across the GTA.

The Province's proposal to the City will ensure that this happens.  The people of Toronto need this partnership.

There is no time to waste.  Our city's transit system is years behind where it should be.

However - through the spirit of collaboration with the City of Toronto and a commitment to continue working together - I am confident that we can deliver a world-class transit system. 

The time to build is now!

Thank you.

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