Toronto’s public transit took a big step forward on Monday. Premier Doug Ford and Mayor John Tory announced a historic new partnership between the city and the province to work together to construct four new expanded Toronto subway systems. According to a press release on Monday, the provincial government and the City of Toronto will collaborate on a new modern, integrated network to improve the lives of the city’s daily commuters.
The new plan will cost $28.5 billion and features four key priority transit projects: the Yonge North Subway Extension, the Eglinton West Crosstown Extension, the Scarborough Subway Extension, and the much-publicized Ontario Line.
"Our government promised the people of Ontario that we would get subways built and get them building quickly," said Premier Doug Ford during a press conference on Monday. "Working with all three levels of government, we are clearing the roadblocks and getting shovels in the ground - now we are asking the federal government to commit to increasing their contribution and funding their fair share."
The Ontario Line is scheduled to be completed as early as 2027, while the Yonge North Subway Extension and the Eglinton West Crosstown Extension will be completed by 2030-31, respectively, and the three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension will be finished by 2029-30.
Joined Premier @FordNation and Ministers @C_Mulroney and @KingaSurmaMPP this morning to publicly commit to getting… https://t.co/yWoLjL2fmq— John Tory (@John Tory)1572887913.0
"Today's announcement is a joint commitment to getting transit built together. I will continue to work tirelessly, as I have done over the last five years, to make sure all three governments are at the table moving transit forward as quickly as possible," said Toronto Mayor John Tory.
Today I joined Mayor @JohnTory to celebrate a historic new partnership to build the most ambitious subway expansion… https://t.co/7fVcq4gXIa— Doug Ford (@Doug Ford)1572890760.0
"Over the next 20 years, Toronto's population is projected to grow by almost one million people. We owe it to those who live in Toronto now and those who will live here in the very near future to expand our transit infrastructure and keep our existing system in a state of good repair,” he added.
Ford had initially announced his plans for the Ontario Line back in April. However, at the time, it was unclear whether his plans would include Tory's Smart Track plan.