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Toronto, Dec 18 (Canadian-Media): Toronto's subway system is offering its largest subway expansion -- in North America in recent decades -- in connecting with Vaughan effective Dec 17 with total cost of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension being about $3.2 billion, media reports said.
"The subway will also be the first time ever that the TTC subway system will cross a municipal border, linking Toronto and York University with York Region with fast and frequent rapid transit,” said Josh Colle, Chair of the TTC
Premier Kathleen Wynne -- along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; John Tory, Mayor of Toronto; Josh Colle, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Chair; and Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and CEO; as well as other local transit and elected officials reportedly celebrated this landmark project by taking the inaugural ride on the new stretch of Line 1 linking Toronto with Vaughan.
From Left to right: Wayne Emmerson, John Tory, Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne, Josh Colle/ Facebook
“Today’s celebration clearly indicates what we can achieve when all levels of government work towards one common goal — building more transit,” Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation was reported by media to state.
The six new subway stations are Downsview Park, Finch West, York University, Pioneer Village, Highway 407 and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.
Ontario through the Move Ontario Trust provided approximately $974 million for this project and $904 million was provided by City of Toronto, $697 million by the federal government and up to $604 million by the York Region.
The new option provided by this project would allow people to get back to their homes and their families sooner in getting from the new subway terminus at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre to the Sheppard West station in about 14 minutes, and to Union Station in 42 minutes .
Students for the very first time would reportedly avail of the opportunity of rapid transit to York University.
An estimated 36 million transit trips would be added by the Line 1 Extension/Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) which would eliminate 30 million car trips per year and help in reduction of traffic congestion, improvement of air quality and fight climate change.
According to official reports, business and residential development in Vaughan's emerging downtown would grow by the new subway terminus.
A walkable, urban community with extensive green space and quick access to transit created by the fast connection between Vaughan and Union Station in downtown Toronto will help businesses attract the best talent and boost their productivity.
This milestone marks the first in a series of game-changing transit projects the Ontario government will open in the coming years.
Starting on January 7, 2018, Ontario and Toronto costs for commuters in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area would be reduced by offering adult, senior, youth and student TTC fare of just $1.50 when they use a PRESTO card to transfer to or from GO Transit or the Union Pearson Express.
“ This opening is another example of all levels of government working together cooperatively to deliver billions of dollars in transit infrastructure and our ongoing commitment to getting Toronto moving...More transit is a good thing for our city, our province and our country, ” Tory was quoted by media to state.
Calling this occasion as monumental for 1.2 million people who call York Region home, Emmerson, was reported by media to state, "It reinforces our Council’s support of transportation and transportation-related initiatives, and will help further develop an urban community that is transit-oriented, forward-thinking and has economic development opportunities to benefit current and future generations.”