Ontario unveils $28.5 billion transit expansion plan

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The government of Ontario has unveiled a $28.5 billion expansion to the Toronto’s transit network.

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

“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,” Ford added.

The province will invest $11.2 billion to support four rapid transit projects.

The Ontario Line will cost $10.9 billion and will be delivered by 2027, while the Yonge North Subway Extension will cost $5.6 billion and is expected to open soon after the Ontario Line. The Scarborough Subway Extension will cost $5.5 billion and will be delivered before 2030, and 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.

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