The New Transit Plan For Toronto Includes New Subways

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.


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Scott Fox
Scott Fox