Ontario Moves Forward With Sheppard Transit Line
Provincial And Federal Governments Partner To Build Better Transit In Toronto
The Ontario government will proceed with the Sheppard East Light Rail Transit (LRT) project to improve public transportation and create jobs.
The Sheppard East LRT will extend from the Don Mills subway station to Meadowvale Road. Commuters will make 45,000 daily trips on the new light rail line. It will connect with the Finch West LRT, the Sheppard subway line, the GO Stouffville rail corridor and potentially the Scarborough Rapid Transit line extension.
The Sheppard project is part of the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan's top 15 transit priorities and the Toronto Transit Commission's Transit City plan. Construction on the Sheppard East LRT project is expected to start by the end of 2009 with completion expected by 2013.
Ontario will provide two-thirds of the estimated $950 million cost and the Government of Canada will cover the remaining one-third.
- Construction of the Sheppard East LRT will generate about 9,500 jobs.
- On April 1, 2009, the McGuinty government announced that the Province will be moving ahead with $8.6 billion in regional transit projects, including the Finch West LRT, Scarborough RT upgrade and extension, Eglinton LRT, York Viva BRT, and planning for rapid transit in Hamilton.
- Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested $7.4 billion in public transit, including over $2.5 billion in GO Transit. Since 2003, Toronto has received $2.9 billion in transit capital and operating funding.
“We are moving forward with our plan to build better public transit for Ontario families. Our investments in transit will create jobs and strengthen our economy.”
“Today’s announcement means that commuters will have access to better transit and shorter commute times. By tackling congestion, Ontario is helping make the air we breathe cleaner.”