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TTC playing its part in planning future transit

3/11/16 6:00 AM

Right now, transit expansion is the talk of the town, and the TTC is at the centre of that debate.

Work is progressing well on the extension of Line 1 (Yonge-University) up to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre in York Region, an 8.6-km extension that will also serve York University and take the subway beyond the city boundaries for the first time when it opens at the end of next year.

At the same time, work continues apace on the installation of a state-of-the-art replacement signalling system to improve reliability and add much-needed additional capacity on Line 1. The new system will roll out in phases, starting next year, with completion by the end of 2019.

At the same time, we are working closely with our colleagues at Metrolinx ‎as they continue construction of the Crosstown, the future Line 5 light rapid transit line that will link Scarborough to the west end and, ultimately, Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

Other TTC teams are working with the City to progress the extension of Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) to Scarborough Town Centre and on emerging plans for Mayor Tory’s signature SmartTrack project. We are also providing expert input to the early planning stages of an LRT line along the waterfront‎ as well as advising on a project that I have consistently said must be built, namely a Relief Line to take the pressure off the Yonge line and Bloor-Yonge Station, providing an alternate north-south route.

These plans form the backbone for the GTHA transit network over the next 15 years. Coupled with GO’s electrification of key routes and other approved projects, such as the Finch West and Sheppard East LRT, these are exciting times for transit and for us at the TTC, as we deploy decades of transit experience into designing the network of the future.

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