The Canadian Government Is Hoping To Finally End Your Bloor-Yonge Hell
A second platform will be added for Line 2.
If you're a daily commuter on the TTC, you've definitely been subject to overcrowding during rush hour at some point during your travels. Well, it sounds like you may be able to expect a little more free space in the future after it was just announced that the Canadian government will be giving $1 billion to transit improvements in Toronto and the GTA. A large chunk of that sum will go towards the construction of a Bloor-Yonge new platform, aimed at easing the notorious crowd swells at one of the 6ix's most prominent transit hubs.
Two major transit projects will soon launch after growing concerns about an increase in the population. In a scheme announced on Monday, it was announced the government will commit $1 billion to improve GTA transit and fix issues exacerbated by underfunding and overcrowding.
One of the improvements involves work at the Bloor-Yonge station. The renovations will see the construction of a new, additional platform to Line 2 and modifying the platform for Line 1. Hopefully, this will be enough to combat overcrowding and safety hazards. The ultimate idea is that commuters will be able to say bye-bye to squeezing into trains and taking forever to get home.
According to CBC, Mayor John Tory said the population in the GTA is projected to hit 10 million by the year 2041. So far, the TTC or GO Transit has not been able to keep up with the swell.
In a tweet, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Francois-Philippe Champagne, wrote: "Today is a good day for Torontonians! It's a good day for public transit users. It's a good day to come together to tackle traffic gridlock. It's a good day for the environment."
TTC Chair and Toronto City Councillor Jaye Robinson added: "The Bloor-Yonge Capacity Improvement project is critical to accommodate long-term TTC ridership growth on Line 1 Yonge-University and Line 2 Bloor-Danforth.
"This station expansion will improve capacity at one of the busiest transfer points in North America."
The other part of this project encompassed by the $1 billion funding will be the construction of six new GO stations as part of a system called SmartTrack. That will include the Stouffville, Lakeshore East, and Kitchener GO rail lines.
There's no word yet as to when it's going to start but federal, provincial, and municipal governments are hoping it begins immediately.
Toronto has been in need of this upgrade for a long time now, let's be real. So, fingers crossed it won't take too many years to put together.
By the sound of it, looks like it might even be ready before the Eglinton Crossway is done.