MPP Martin expresses support for Provincial Transportation VisionPublished on April 10, 2019
Transit users in Eglinton-Lawrence can look forward to transportation improvements as part of the Government of Ontario’s historic new transportation vision, Robin Martin, Member of Provincial Parliament for Eglinton-Lawrence confirmed today.
Joined by Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure, Premier Doug Ford announced a $28.5 billion expansion to Ontario’s transit network. This is the most money ever invested to get shovels in the ground and to get new subways built.
“Today is a great day for the residents of Eglinton-Lawrence,” said Martin. “Our government has reaffirmed our commitment to prioritizing construction of the Ontario Line from Don Mills and Eglinton to Ontario Place, which will provide relief for dangerous overcrowding on the Yonge line.”
“We are also moving forward with the west extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT towards Toronto Pearson International Airport,” added Martin. “The extension will be mostly underground, creating a new, reliable rapid transit link between Eglinton-Lawrence and the airport.”
The province will invest $11.2 billion to support four rapid transit projects. This funding over-delivers on the government’s commitment to put $5 billion into subway extensions.
“We have also announced the Yonge North Subway Extension, which will open shortly after the Ontario Line and connect the subway to one of the region's largest employment centres, and the three-stop Scarborough Subway,” said Martin.
As part of the announcement today, Premier Ford reaffirmed the government’s commitment to working with the City of Toronto to upload subway infrastructure.
“Our government is investing in transportation to bring relief and new opportunities to transit users and commuters,” said Ford.
“The TTC is a vital service that supports not just Torontonians but the people of Ontario,” said Yurek. “Our government is continuing to work in good faith with the City under the Terms of Reference to make sure that we can build better transit faster.”
“Today we are embarking on the most ambitious provincial transit buildout Ontario has ever seen,” added McNaughton. “This is great for people and good for jobs.”
- The Ontario Line estimated cost is $10.9 billion and could be delivered by 2027.
- The Yonge North Subway Extension will cost $5.6 billion and should be open soon after the Ontario Line.
- The Scarborough Subway Extension estimated cost is $5.5 billion and could be delivered before 2030.
- The Eglinton Crosstown West Extension estimated cost is $4.7 billion and could be delivered before 2031.
- The projects will require a combined $28.5 billion, of which the province has committed $11.2 billion.
- The Terms of Reference agreed between the province and the City of Toronto have guided discussions between them on uploading subway infrastructure from the city to the province, including the building and maintenance of new and existing subway lines. These discussions continue regarding existing subway lines.