Ontario unveils $17-billion transit plan
Globe and Mail Update
June 15, 2007 at 12:18 PM EDT
TORONTO — Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty had pledged $17.5-billion for rapid transit projects across greater Toronto and Hamilton on Friday in a massive pre-election move that provides a massive boost to the TTC's ambitious light-rail network plans and calls for the extension of the Yonge subway line.
The announcement will see the province partly fund 52 rapid-transit projects in the next 12 years.
Unlike other recent announcements, the province is committing to fund two-thirds of the costs, up from its usual one-third share of recent years.
It is calling on the federal government to fund the remaining third of the cost, eliminating the capital burden for cash-strapped municipalities.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was to announce a $17-billion transit plan on Friday.
The change in this financing formula is a major shift, signifying something akin to a return to the model brought in by premier Bill Davis in the 1970s, which saw the province fund 75 per cent of the capital costs of rapid transit.
Overall, 902 kilometres of new or improved rapid-transit routes will be built by 2020, the province says, creating 175,000 jobs during their construction, which is supposed to start in 2008.
The projects include:
- extending the TTC's Yonge subway line up to Highway 7
- electrifying the GO Lakeshore lines, which will make a trip from Hamilton 15 minutes faster and reduce emissions
- boost capacity on other GO Train lines
- expand bus service across Highway 407
- build two rapid-transit lines across Hamilton
- commit funds to the TTC's $6-billion Transit City plan, which calls for seven new light-rail routes crisscrossing Toronto.
The province had already committed to a $2-billion project to extend the TTC's Spadina subway line north to Vaughan.
The government says the projects will be financed over 50 years, and that road tolls – currently a hot topic among transportation experts – will “not be necessary”.
MOVEONTARIO 2020 PROJECTS
GO Transit Commuter Rail
GO Lakeshore West rail line capacity expansion by adding a third track from Port Credit to Oakville
GO Lakeshore West rail line capacity expansion by adding a third track from Burlington to Hamilton
GO Lakeshore East rail line capacity expansion by adding a third track from Union Station to Scarborough
GO Lakeshore East rail line extension from Oshawa to Bowmanville
GO Lakeshore rail line electrification (SuperGO)
GO Milton rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to Milton
GO Georgetown rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to Georgetown
GO Bradford rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to Bradford
GO Bradford rail line extension and capacity expansion from Bradford to Barrie
GO Richmond Hill rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to Richmond Hill
GO Richmond Hill rail line extension to Aurora Road
GO Stouffville rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to Stouffville and extension of the line to Uxbridge
New GO Crosstown rail line between Weston Road and the Don Valley
New GO Crosstown rail line between the Don Valley and Agincourt
New GO rail line from Union Station to Bolton
New GO rail line on the Havelock line from Agincourt to Pickering
New GO rail line on the Seaton line from Agincourt to Brock Road in Pickering
GO Bus Rapid Transit(BRT)
GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 403 from Oakville GO rail station to Mississauga
Mississauga Transitway west of Mississauga City Centre to Winston Churchill Boulevard
Mississauga Transitway east of Mississauga City Centre to Renforth Drive
GO Bus Rapid Transit northwest Toronto link from Renforth Drive to York University
GO Bus Rapid Transit on Markham Road from Highway 407 in Markham to Highway 401
GO Bus Rapid Transit on Highway 401 from Markham Road in Scarborough to Pickering GO rail station
GO Bus Rapid Transit connector on Highway 427 from Renforth Drive to Highway 407
GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 407 from York University to Langstaff (Yonge Street) and on to Markham Road
GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 407 from Burlington to Highway 401
GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 407 from Highway 401 to Highway 427
GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 407 from Highway 427 to York University
Subway and Other Rapid Transit
Yonge subway line extension north from Finch station to Highway 7 (Langstaff)
VIVA Markham North-South Link from Markham Centre to Don Mills station
Pearson Air-Rail link to Union Station
Hamilton east-west rapid transit on King/Main Streets from Eastgate Mall to McMaster University
Hamilton north-south rapid transit on James/Upper James Streets from Rymal Road to King Street
Brampton Acceleride on Queen Street from Main Street to Highway 50
Hurontario Light Rail Transit from Queen Street in Brampton to Lakeshore Road in Mississauga
Eglinton Avenue Light Rail Transit from Renforth Drive to Kennedy Road in Scarborough
Yonge Bus Rapid Transit busway from Finch station to Steeles Avenue
Dundas Street West Light Rail Transit from Kipling station to Hurontario Street
Scarborough RT extension from McCowan station to Sheppard Avenue
Sheppard Avenue Light Rail Transit from Don Mills Road to Morningside Avenue
Finch Avenue West Light Rail Transit from Highway 27 to Yonge Street
Don Mills Road Light Rail Transit from Steeles Avenue to the Bloor-Danforth subway
Jane Street Light Rail Transit from Steeles Avenue to Jane station on the Bloor-Danforth subway
Malvern Light Rail Transit from Kennedy station to Malvern
Waterfront West Light Rail Transit from Union Station to Long Branch
VIVA Yonge Street from Steeles Avenue to Highway 7 (Langstaff)
VIVA Yonge Street from Highway 7 (Langstaff) to 19th Avenue in Richmond Hill
VIVA Yonge Street from 19th Avenue to Newmarket
VIVA Highway 7 from Highway 50 to Yonge Street (Langstaff)
VIVA Highway 7 from Yonge Street (Langstaff) to Cornell
Durham rapid transit line on Highway 2 from Oshawa to Pickering
Spadina subway line extension north from Downsview station to Highway 7 (Vaughan Corporate Centre)
*Projects subject to the review of the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority.
The Government of Ontario also announced today it will fund up to two-thirds of the project costs for Kitchener-Waterloo's rapid transit plan. The government will work with the region to request the balance of funding from the federal government.
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