Four projects announced to build on transportation, one of which will go to Toronto Pearson
“We are making the biggest, the largest investment in new subways in Canadian history,” Premier Doug Ford said on April 10 in an announcement regarding transportation projects.
He announced $28.5 billion will be set aside for what he referred to as the “transit plan for the 21st century” designed to connect Toronto residents with their city.
So far, the province has promised to provide $11.2 billion.
“The crown jewel of this plan is the new Ontario Line,” Ford said, explaining this will relieve the congestion on Line 1 that commuters face regularly.
The new Ontario Line will be built to connect Pape to Queen.
From Pape, the line will go north to reach the Ontario Science Centre, and also extend west through a series of subway stations to get to Ontario Place.
“Ontario Place will soon be a world class, year-round destination that visitors and residents will be able to get to on a subway,” Ford said.
This line will cost $10.9 billion.
The Premier dedicated the next project, the Scarborough Subway Extension, to his late brother and past Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford.
The three-stop extension will be broken down to have Lawrence East station, Scarborough Town Centre station, and McCowan station.
Extension number three, the Yonge North Subway Extension, will extend beyond Toronto’s borders to exist between Finch and Richmond Hill Centre.
Toronto Pearson International Airport is the “second largest employment centre in the entire country” and will be more accessible via the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension that “will bring the subway right into the airport,” said Ford.
The Yonge North Subway Extension, the Scarborough Subway Extension, and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension are all planned as well to be completed after the “Ontario Line” has been built in 2027, ahead of the target date fixed for the city.
According to Ford, Line 1 is not the only place with congestion.
He said the provincial government knows best for making decisions that are “faster, quicker, and cheaper” around transit, unlike City Council.
“They just can’t get things built, it’s a fact, look at how little transit has been built by City Hall in the last thirty years,” Ford said.
Toronto Mayor, John Tory, was on board with Doug Ford’s expansion plans.
“No Mayor, no Premier, no Prime minister can build transit alone, but one Mayor, one Premier or one Prime minister can easily block transit progress,” he said.