Ontario Premier Unveils “Transportation Vision”

Ontario Announces $28.5 Billion to Get Ontario Moving

“In just nine months, Ontario has delivered the long asked for expansion of GO Train service to Niagara Falls and           St. Catharines, years ahead of schedule.”

News from the Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford

Posted April 10th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

TORONTO — Transit users and commuters across Ontario can look forward to transportation improvements as part of the Government of Ontario’s historic new transportation vision, Premier Doug Ford announced today.

Joined by Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure, 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 get new subways built.

“Our government is investing in transportation to bring relief and new opportunities to transit users and commuters,” said Ford.

“We announced the new Ontario Line to deal with the dangerous congestion on Line 1, the Yonge North Subway Extension that will connect the subway to one of the region’s largest employment centres, the three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension to better serve communities, and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension — a large portion of which will be built underground to keep people and goods moving on our roadways. This is our plan, our priority.”

The province will invest $11.2 billion to support these four rapid transit projects. This funding over-delivers on the government’s commitment to put $5 billion into subway extensions.

This funding is in addition to the significant contributions made to transportation in Ontario.

In just nine months, Ontario has delivered the long asked for expansion of GO Train service to Niagara Falls and St. Catharines, years ahead of schedule; dramatically enhanced GO Train service to Kitchener-Waterloo region; committed billions to transit projects for Hamilton and Ottawa regions; moved ahead with the long-awaited light rail transit for Mississauga; and announced $1.3 billion to repair and rebuild highways across the province, as well as billions in infrastructure to better support our rural communities.

As part of the announcement today, Premier Ford reaffirmed the government’s commitment to working with the City of Toronto to upload the TTC subway infrastructure.

“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.”

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Line will cost $10.9 billion and will 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 will cost $5.5 billion and will be delivered before 2030.
  • The Eglinton Crosstown West Extension will cost $4.7 billion and will 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 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.

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One response to “Ontario Premier Unveils “Transportation Vision”

  1. 1 train each way Monday to Friday is not serving the Niagara Region – it is just an opportunity for Ford to pat himself on his back. Will he take credit for the summer weekend schedule? If he were serious with providing GO train service to the Niagara Region he would promote service for the Lake Erie Shoreline as well as Lake Ontario Shoreline.

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