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But Toronto is not getting a true PPP but rather just someone else to run the line. PPP ussually means that the private company also puts their own money to actually building the infrastructure in the first place. Toronto is getting non of the benefits of private money yet is handing it over to the private sector who will make money on it........lunacy.
PPP means a public-private-partnership. I don't think it's defined how that true partnership should work.

While I'll agree private industry usually provide a share of the capital expenses, they also usually design and build the project as well. Should they always provide a share of the capital expenses if they don't design nor build the project?
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The Toronto-York Spadina Subway (TYSSE) scheduled completion date is adjusted

Fall 2016: http://www.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Comm...dule_Statu.pdf

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It is difficult to compare the schedule of TYSSE with other transit projects worldwide due to prevailing local approaches and site circumstances. However, TTC and TYSSE directly investigated projects in Vancouver, Seattle, Denver, Madrid and Barcelona and canvassed for information worldwide.

- It found similarities and comparable schedules in various jurisdictions in North America with similar processes for governance, government approvals, safety requirements, conclusion of agreements between funding partners, environmental assessments, funding approvals, property acquisitions, and utility relocations. The TTC has conducted a high level review of the implementation time for major subway projects (12) worldwide. The review concluded that there is no typical/standard schedule. However, on average, subway implementation took about nine years from the start of design to opening date.

- One significant exception is the Madrid metro. It is considered as having achieved the fastest implementation time (approximately five years). TTC staff took a more detailed analysis of the characteristics of the Madrid metro that expedited the implementation time.

The following major issues were identified in relation to Madrid:

a) Continuous Expansion Program

• continuity of organization, procedures, standards

• less time required to establish project organization

b) Approvals/Permits

• no formal environmental assessment or public participation

• no municipal permits required (building permits, site plan, etc.)

c) Property Acquisition

• government owns property below 10 metres

• quick property expropriation process

d) Decision Making

• project director reports to the Minister for major decisions

• political decisions were made within 24 hours

e) Not required to meet more rigorous North American fire, life and safety codes
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WIRELESS NETWORK IN THE SUBWAY SYSTEM:

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It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Authorize the award of a contract to Broadcast Australia Pty Ltd. (BA), for the Wireless Network in the Subway System project, for a fixed fee payable to the TTC in the amount of Twenty Five Million Dollars ($25,000,000.00) over a twenty (20) year term. In addition, BA will pay the TTC an additional $8,000.00 (plus applicable taxes) for design review cost, per TTC existing and planned sixty one (61) underground subway stations.

2. Create the position of “Project Manager – Wireless Communications” to manage and coordinate all design and installation activities associated with the project.

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Scarborough subway line may have to wait: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

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Mayor Rob Ford won’t push a Scarborough subway ahead of a downtown relief line if that goes against TTC staff advice.

- “I’m all in favour of subways,” Ford said. “I’m glad that people are thinking about subways. “Now which one is a priority? That’s the one we’re going to have to sit down and talk about.” Despite council’s decision earlier this year to build the Eglinton LRT at street-level in Scarborough rather than below ground, Ford said he still wants the LRT to be buried in the city’s east end. “And I want the Sheppard (subway extension) and eventually Finch (subway),” he said.

- TTC chairman Karen Stintz said the issue isn’t the line but the funding to pay for it. “That remains our ongoing challenge,” Stintz said. She said transit commissioners on Wednesday will likely recommend further study of the downtown relief line. “We already know we need it and the question remains how are we going to pay for it,” Stintz said. “We do need to get to the funding discussion, there is no question. And if we only talk about lines on a map then we will only ever have lines on a map.

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Gardiner Expressway: ‘Significant hazard to public safety’ found by outside inspectors

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The Gardiner Expressway is rife with deteriorating chunks of concrete that present a “significant hazard to public safety,” an outside engineering firm hired by the City of Toronto has concluded.

- This damaging report — finished just days before the two top bureaucrats in charge of the Gardiner file abruptly left their jobs — was released to the Star through a freedom of information request. The first reports of concrete falling off the 60-year-old Gardiner Expressway surfaced in the summer of 2011. Chunks ranging in size from a toonie to a baseball have been documented in media reports. Half a dozen instances made headlines between May and July of this year.

- In the months after, city staff and public works chair Denzil Minnan-Wong appeared in print and on television to assure the public the highway is safe. But emails and briefings released to the Star indicate the problem is larger than acknowledged, with some confirmed and potential incidents never coming to light. As recently as Aug. 29, staff confirmed, a chunk fell off at the foot of Parliament St.

- The city’s current approach is to visually inspect the highway, then chip away at loosened material. When asked why the department wasn’t using the more sophisticated sound technology in the first place, Kelly said that “visual inspections were the first step — areas of concern identified through that procedure resulted in more detailed inspections and controlled chipping of loose/delaminated concrete.”

- Several officials contacted by the Star pointed to funding pressures as a major factor in the city’s current approach. As well as using sound technology, the report recommends the city adopt additional “investigative methods such as corrosion potential surveys, core exfraction, ground penetrating radar and thermography.” It also suggested the city set up a dedicated entity with an associated budget to manage the file. Minnan-Wong was considering the suggestion, but his initial reaction was that it wasn’t necessary.

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TTC reopens Scarborough subway debate in surprise move

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In a move that will leave transit-starved Torontonians gnashing their teeth in frustration, the TTC has once again blown open the debate about whether the city should be building subways or LRTs. Only moments after declaring that a downtown relief subway line must be a priority transit project for Toronto, councillors on the TTC board ordered staff to produce two more feasibility studies on Scarborough subways by January.

- TTC chair Karen Stintz and provincial officials insisted those studies would have no impact on the master agreement between the TTC, Metrolinx and the province that could go to council as early as next week. It’s supposed to be the final word on a plan to use $8.1 billion in provincial funding to build four LRTs. But some city councillors, caught off-guard by the request Wednesday for subway studies, suggested the commission is sending mixed signals, undermining its credibility with the province, council and the public.

- TTC commissioner John Parker (Ward 26, Don Valley West), was out of the room speaking with reporters when the commission unanimously approved a motion by TTC vice-chair Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre) requesting a study on extending the Bloor-Danforth subway past the Scarborough Town Centre. A subsequent motion by Etobicoke Councillor Peter Milczyn for another study of a Sheppard subway also passed with the support of Stintz, Raymond Cho (Ward 42, Scarborough-Rouge River), and De Baeremaeker. Commissioners Josh Colle (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence) and Maria Augimeri (Ward 9, York Centre) were opposed.

- Even though council has already rejected the idea, when it failed to approve De Baeremaeker and Stintz’s OneCity transit plan, De Baeremaeker said he’s confident that council and the province will support his proposal rather than the planned LRT. It would only cost the city an additional $500 million on top of the money the province has already committed to the project, he said. “I think the Scarborough extension of the Bloor-Danforth line from Kennedy up to McCowan and Sheppard through the Scarborough Town Centre has the people — there are tens of thousands of people using that line now … . I think $500 million is affordable,” he said. “I think everybody would agree we need a downtown relief line and everybody would agree we need a subway in Scarborough. The question is which one,” De Baeremaeker added.

- The province immediately signaled that it won’t rethink the current plan. “The train has left the station,” said Chiarelli’s spokesman, David Salter. “The McGuinty government is investing $8.4 billion in Toronto public transit based on council resolutions passed in February and March of 2012.” Metrolinx also confirmed it would be continuing on the LRT program for Finch, Sheppard, Eglinton and the current SRT route. “Construction is underway and work is progressing. We understand that TTC staff will need to report back to the commission on these motions. In the meantime, work continues to move forward on the delivery of all four projects, based on the approvals from city council, Metrolinx and the province,” said spokesman Jamie Robinson.

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^Here we go again. They should bury the entire Eglinton line at this point and use subway vehicles. LOL
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Councillors leery of Metrolinx’s control of LRT design

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The drama over the city’s transit plans hasn’t ended yet. Some Toronto councillors are threatening to try to stop the city from signing a master agreement with Metrolinx and the province to build four LRTs in Toronto. The councillors say the agreement gives Metrolinx too much authority over the scope of the project, particularly the placement and distance between stations. They fear that as costs rise, Metrolinx will cancel some stations or build them so far apart the TTC could be forced to run buses along light rail routes.

- There is “disaster lurking” in the agreement, said Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park). He believes Metrolinx wants the Eglinton LRT to serve the region as much as the city. “What the province has put in front of us opens the door to them running it as a regional-only service and forcing us to try to carry any local trip on a bus running alongside the light rail line. It’s terrible transit planning, and I will not vote for an agreement that cedes control over local transit planning to an unaccountable body like Metrolinx,” Perks said. The agreement that goes before council next week spells out the ownership and responsibilities for the LRTs to be built on Eglinton, Finch, Sheppard and the Scarborough RT with $8.4 billion in provincial money and about $300 million in federal funds.

- The Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT has an approved environmental assessment calling for 26 stops spaced about 800 metres apart on average, said Metrolinx spokesman Jamie Robinson. Metrolinx, should it want to change that plan, would have to seek an amendment to the environmental assessment, requiring more public consultations. “We’re in a stage now when all stations are under review because when you do an environmental assessment, it’s all concepts,” Robinson said. “But as you begin to do further work in terms of the station design, it brings more definition to what you’re planning to build.” The exact location of the stations, which will cost about $100 million each, won’t be confirmed until around the summer of 2014.

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Modified LRT master agreement puts Oakwood station on the map

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A portion of a master agreement between the TTC and Metrolinx for the operation of four future light rail transit lines in Toronto has been modified following “high level” discussions, a city councillor confirmed Friday, Oct. 26. Josh Colle, who is also a member of the TTC board of commissioners, said the discussions have led to changes in the scope of Metrolinx’s power to add or remove stations from the projects after city councillors raised concerns.

The agreement, which covers the TTC’s role in operating the LRT lines, which are owned by the provincial government and whose construction will be co-ordinated by Metrolinx, is scheduled to be debated next week at city council. “This is their commitment (to modify the master agreement),” said Colle, who represents the ward of Eglinton-Lawrence. Colle also said the changes to the agreement mean an LRT station will be constructed at Oakwood Avenue if the agreement is ratified by council. “I’m obviously thrilled and the community is going to be very excited,” said Colle. “We’ve got to get this master agreement ratified at council next week because that’s what locks it in.”

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Yonge Subway North Extension – Funding and Planning Update

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• The Yonge Subway Extension remains in Metrolinx’s top 15 projects, identified in the Regional Transportation Plan - “The Big Move”.

• This 7.4 kilometre extension from Finch Station in Toronto will connect 14,000* riders during the morning peak hour at the Richmond Hill/Langstaff Urban Growth Centre, delivering the highest transit ridership of any single rapid transit line project within The Big Move.

• The Richmond Hill/Langstaff Gateway hub will deliver more riders and ridership movements than any other anchor hub in the GTHA, apart from Union Station.

• Only a subway can move the projected ridership demanded in this corridor.

• The urgent demand for a high volume rapid transit line on Yonge will continue to build, and in anticipation of a Yonge Subway Extension, residential and employment projects are already underway.

• The Yonge Subway Extension is a key, unfunded missing link to the other rapid transit network projects that are underway.

• This project is practically shovel-ready – an Environmental Assessment is approved, a Conceptual Design is complete, and a comprehensive Business Case Analysis will be finalized by year end.

• Funding and timing remain as key challenges for the Yonge Subway Extension.

• The Metrolinx Investment Strategy, update to the Big Move and project prioritization, and Yonge Subway Business Case will each be important discussions and will influence decision-making on the Yonge Subway in 2013.

• York Region Rapid Transit Corporation and York Region Transit have been working closely with Metrolinx and TTC to finalize an update to the Benefits Case Analysis for the Yonge North Subway Extension. The result of this analysis will be presented to the Board in the first quarter of 2013.

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Spadina Subway Extension Starts to Pay Off in Vaughan

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Today we have been made aware of another project planned for the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, or VMC. Calloway REIT, in a joint venture with SmartCentres, is planning to develop a 53-acre area situated on the future location of the Vaughan Centre Station, connecting workers and residents with the GTA at large. Calloway is planning a whopping 6 million square feet of commercial, residential, and retail space over the coming years.

- The first building to start construction on this future urban centre is a Diamond Schmitt-designed 14-storey office complex. Lead tenant KPMG, one of Canada's largest accounting firms, is expected to take occupancy in 2015 when the building is complete. The building is expected to employ 1200 people and feature a direct connection to the future subway station along with the new regional bus terminal via an underground pedestrian tunnel. Along with the 300,000-square-foot KPMG Tower, a major park, civic square and various associated projects are in the mix.

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TTC Begins Construction of York University Station

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The "station box," a construction/engineering term used to describe a subway station during its construction and pre-service state, will be built under Ian Macdonald Boulevard in at the heart of York's campus. The station's main entrance will be in the Harry W. Arthurs Common.

- The tunnel boring machines, or TBMs, have been hard at work digging the actual lines. The southbound tunnel, bored by TBM "Yorkie" has passed from Black Creek Pioneer Village Station (formerly Steeles West Station) at the north end of campus all the way under York University to Keele Street, on its way to Finch West Station. "Torkie" is about halway through its job of boring the northbound tunnel under the campus.

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GO may trim parking in future expansion plans to discourage car use

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Planners at GO Transit are trying to figure out how to provide enough parking at train stations to support ridership growth while convincing people there are better ways to get to the station than driving. About 60 per cent of GO rail riders drive to the station. Twenty-one per cent walk, cycle or take transit and the remainder use kiss and ride or carpool, Joshua Engel-Yan, a senior adviser in strategy, policy and system planning at Metrolinx, told a sustainable transportation conference in Hamilton Tuesday.

- The transit agency has beefed up bike lockups to encourage cycling and works with municipal transit authorities to boost service to stations, said Engel-Yan. It is giving priority parking to carpoolers, too. But the parking crunch continues and is expected to only get worse as the GO system expands. Metrolinx, which operates GO, will produce a parking strategy next spring. GO Transit manages 62,000 parking spaces, making it one of the largest parking operators in North America. Yet 31 of GO's 62 stations are above capacity for parking, said Engel-Yan. That has commuters in some cases parking more than one kilometre from the platform, parking illegally within the GO lots or waiting up to an hour to get out of a lot. “People crowd the doors of the train and literally run across the lot to try to get out quickly,” said transportation consultant Steven Bishop.

- In a customer survey, 30 per cent of GO users who drive to the station would be willing to try a different method to get there and 85 per cent said they would still use GO if parking lots were full. “There is opportunity there to shift people out of their cars.” The Drummond report into provincial finances recommended that GO charge for parking. Right now, only reserved parking comes at a price: $80 a month. There are about 4,000 reserved spots across the system. “Metrolinx is currently looking at best practices elsewhere in terms of revenue tools, including paid parking,” Anne Marie Aikins, manager of media relations for Metrolinx. “Everything is under review but at this time no decisions have been made.” Providing parking is by no means free. Most surface lots — where the cost of each space ranges between $6,000 and $7,000 — can't be expanded. Spots in multi-level parking garages cost $30,000 to $35,000 each and are three and a half times as expensive to maintain ($350 a year per spot).

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Residents lose court bid to stop diesel trains on airport run

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An Ontario Divisional Court dismissed the application Wednesday, ordering the CTC — a group of residents living along the Georgetown GO line where the train from Pearson to Union Station will run — to pay $30,000 in costs. The CTC argued that Metrolinx exceeded its authority in buying diesel multiple units for the air-rail link (ARL) before it had completed a feasibility study of electrifying the line.

- It also said Metrolinx made the decision to proceed with diesel trains based on the government’s instructions to complete the ARL in time for the Pan Am Games in 2015. Even though Metrolinx is an agency of the provincial government, it is obligated to act based on transportation planning principles first, argued Saba Ahmad, the Clean Train Coalition’s lawyer. But at the court Monday, Metrolinx’s lawyer, John Laskin, said the agency was legally bound to follow the government’s direction. It also argued that Metrolinx was authorized to proceed with an order for diesel multiple units based on government approvals and the identification of the ARL as a priority in Metrolinx’s Big Move regional transportation plan.

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Funding woes sideline Yonge subway

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The Yonge Street subway extension is stuck on a siding until funding becomes available. That’s the word from York Region transportation planning director Loy Cheah.

- “In our opinion, this is the highest priority project in the GTA,” Mr. Cheah said. “When Metrolinx’s investment study comes out, we hope that the ‘how’ will become clear.” Metrolinx’s investment strategy is meant to answer how Big Move projects will be financed and is due by June. The hope is the document will provide municipalities with a slew of new tools to raise money for transit projects, such as the subway extension, ranging from road tolls to sales taxes, he said.

- In addition to funding, another hurdle for the Yonge subway extension is getting Toronto on board. Concerns have already been raised about downstream capacity along the Yonge-University-Spadina line. Toronto is also working on its own transit plans and has identified the need for a “downtown relief line” ahead of the 7.4-kilometre Yonge subway extension. The region is working with the TTC to overcome these hurdles, Mr. Cheah said.

- Markham deputy mayor Jack Heath suggested extending the subway to Elgin Mills Road should be explored, given how long the project may be in a holding pattern. However, regional chairperson Bill Fisch advised against the proposal. “We’re having enough trouble getting the subway up to Hwy. 7 and we’re not in a good position,” he said. “It’s a challenge that’s immense.” Once funding is approved, it will likely take 10 years to get the subway to Hwy. 7, so Elgin Mills would likely be another decade beyond that, Mr. Fisch added. Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow agreed, adding Major Mackenzie Drive would be the next logical step were the region planning to pursue a subway extension that stretched farther north.

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Extra long buses coming to the TTC

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TTC bus riders may soon get some breathing room during their overcrowded commutes, thanks to new 60-foot articulated buses that will hit the city’s busiest routes by 2014.

- TTC spokesperson Brad Ross says the long vehicles will help the commission cut costs by reducing the number of buses it runs on jam-packed bus lines, while also improving service. “You save money on maintenance and capital costs on the bus fleet, you save money on operating costs because you need fewer operators, but you’re also able to deal with some capacity issues,” he says.

- Although Ross says a detailed plan of where the buses will be deployed has yet to be worked out, commission staff have identified the 29 Dufferin, 7 Bathurst, 116 Morningside, 25 Don Mills, 36 Finch West, and 85A Sheppard lines as priorities. On Finch alone, the articulated buses are expected to save the commission $1 million annually. Because the long buses have a maximum capacity of 112 passengers – nearly double the 65 riders on current 40-foot models – Ross says they will run a little less frequently, meaning wait times at stops could be slightly longer than they are now. “You may have to wait longer but your more apt to be able to get on a bus and board faster,” says Ross.

- The TTC is looking at how to improve loading times on the articulated buses by implementing a proof-of-payment system that would allow riders to board at all three of the vehicles’ doors. Currently, passengers can only enter the doors at the front of TTC buses. While the new buses may be roomier, they will also be less environmentally friendly than some of the TTC’s current fleet, roughly a third of which is made up of diesel-electric hybrids. In 2008 the commission decided to stop buying more hybrids after it discovered batteries on more than 550 of the “smart energy” buses died too quickly. The articulated buses will be “clean diesel” vehicles instead.

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TTC signs up for Presto fare card

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Along with an agreement among the city, TTC and Metrolinx governing the construction of four new Toronto LRTs, city and provincial officials will sign another document Wednesday morning. This one binds the TTC to the provincial Presto fare card. Putting Presto on the TTC was a condition of the province’s $8.4 billion in funding for the LRTs.

- It has been long awaited by municipalities in the region who installed it in the hopes of providing their residents with a seamless commute across the boundaries that govern area transit systems. But without the TTC’s full implementation, its effectiveness is limited because most regional transit users also use the TTC for at least part of their commute.

- The new streetcars from Bombardier will have Presto readers installed as soon as they are delivered and running, late next year or in 2014. Most of the subway system, the air-rail link and bus routes that serve the Pan American Games venues will have Presto installed by August 2015. Only a few bus routes will still have to be converted after that.

- The TTC is getting Presto Next Generation, a newer version of the card system than the one being used on GO Transit and Toronto region bus systems now. It will have what’s called a period pass on it, an enhancement that has been part of the Presto introduction on Ottawa’s OCTranspo buses that means riders can load the equivalent of a Metropass on their Presto card. The Presto system is one of the most complex fare systems in the world because it involves all the regional transit systems and is customized to the Toronto area.

- Those payments have already been subject to successful tests at College and Dundas stations, and it’s expected that access will be available as Presto is rolled out on the TTC. It’s particularly handy for visitors and non-regular TTC riders, said McCuaig. “We’re getting closer and closer to testing mobile devices as well. We’re trying to make sure that we’re going to put in the hands of all the customers all the solutions they need, so they can make the choice about how they want to pay for their system,” he said.

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Metrolinx Unveils Next Wave of Big Move Projects

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TORONTO, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - At an address today to the Toronto Board of Trade Metrolinx President and CEO Bruce McCuaig unveiled the next wave of projects drawn from The Big Move, the Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), that will continue Metrolinx's ongoing transformation of the region's transportation system.

- The Big Move projects in the next wave include two new subway lines: a Downtown Relief line improving access to the regional core for residents from across the GTHA, as well as a new extension of the Yonge subway line north to Richmond Hill. Light rail transit (LRT) in Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton, and bus rapid transit (BRT) in Durham, Toronto, Peel and Halton, will reduce congestion and serve as a catalyst for development across the GTHA. The next wave also includes transformative investment in the GO Transit rail network, including line extensions, more two-way, all-day service, and electrification of both GO lines and the Union Pearson Express (formerly known as the Air Rail Link).

- The next wave of proposed investment extends beyond major rapid transit projects to include resources for local transit, roads, active transportation and other strategic transportation initiatives. "With our plan in place, it's now time for the big conversation about the best ways to pay for this $34 billion investment," said McCuaig. "Together, let's look to what other world class cities have done to fund their transit plans and then get the job done here in the GTHA."

The Next Wave: Key Facts

• 713 km of enhanced transit

• 33 million new transit trips by 2031

• 6,139,344 people will live within 2 km of rapid transit by 2031

• 800,000 to 900,000 new jobs created between 2012 to 2031

• $110 to $130 billion growth to Ontario's GDP between 2012 to 2031

• $25 to $35 billion in total Government Revenues between 2012 to 2031

Rapid Transit Projects:

75 per cent of proposed investment is allocated to a transformative slate of regional transit projects:

• Brampton Queen Street Rapid Transit: 10 km of upgraded transit along Queen Street.

• Downtown Relief Line: New subway that will improve access to the regional core for residents from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and provide relief to the overflowing arteries of the Toronto transit system.

• Dundas Street Bus Rapid Transit: 40 km of bus service running in dedicated lanes, connecting Toronto, Mississauga and Halton.

• Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit: 36 km of bus service running in dedicated lanes, connecting Scarborough Centre to downtown Oshawa via Pickering, Ajax and Whitby.

• GO Rail Expansion: More Two-Way, All-Day and Rush Hour Service: Introducing more two-way, all-day service, adding additional rush hour service across the entire network, and extending trains to Hamilton and Bowmanville.

• Electrification of GO Kitchener line and Union Pearson Express: Upgrading diesel train service to electric propulsion for these two complementary transit services that share a substantial portion of their routing.

• GO Lakeshore Express Rail Service - Phase 1 (including Electrification): Transforming GO Transit's backbone from Hamilton to Oshawa into a faster, more frequent and more convenient transit option by beginning the transition to an international-style Express Rail service.

• Hamilton Light Rail Transit: 14 km LRT line stretching from McMaster University to Eastgate Square.

• Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit: 23 km LRT line connecting Port Credit to downtown Brampton via Cooksville and Mississauga City Centre.

• Yonge North Subway Extension: 6 km extension that will connect the City of Toronto to the Richmond Hill / Langstaff Urban Growth Centre.

Local transit, roads and highways and other projects

The remaining 25 per cent is allocated to local transit projects, as well as roads and highways, active transportation and transportation demand management throughout the region.

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So now the Eglinton line will be extended underground from Weston Road in the west to Don Mills in the east. Who knows what final incarnation of it will exist when it's finished.
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