Doug Ford’s plan for public transit in the province includes a Toronto downtown relief line that will be twice as long as the city is currently considering. It is also to be built two years earlier, but will cost billions more. The Toronto subway system expansion was one of four projects unveiled yesterday as part of a $28.5-billion-dollar plan. The P.C. government says this will move the province’s aging public transit into the 21st century.
The new “Ontario Line” will run from Ontario Place to the Ontario Science Centre with six stops along the way. Planners are predicting it will offer relief for the overcrowded Line 1 by diverting up to 9,000 people per peak hour, with an estimated 55,000 diverted per day. Ford says the 15 kilometre Ontario Line will cost $10.9-billion and believes it can be completed in eight years.
The government says the Yonge North extension will cost $5.6-billion and be open soon after the Ontario Line while the Scarborough extension will cost $5.5-billion and be delivered before 2030. The Eglinton west Crosstown extension will cost $4.7-billion and be up and running before 2031.
We are building a transit network for the 21st century. Today we announced four rapid transit projects:
🚇Scarborough Subway Extension
🚇Yonge North Subway Extension
🚇Eglinton Crosstown West Extension
🚇All-new Ontario Line
This is our plan — our priority to get you moving. pic.twitter.com/DJKJ82kPYk
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) April 10, 2019
Congestion knows no borders. We need to get transit built now that connects people across the GTA. The Hurontario LRT & Eglinton West extension to @TorontoPearson are important for Mississauga. Pleased to see @Fordnation & @JeffYurekMPP make regional transit a provincial priority
— Bonnie Crombie 🇨🇦 (@BonnieCrombie) April 10, 2019
Premier @FordNation was clear today that his government remains committed to work closely with the city and I will be working to make sure these discussions continue in a spirit of cooperation, but committed to building as much transit as we can as soon as possible.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 10, 2019