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Frequently Asked Questions

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When will the subway start operation?

Service on the new extension will start on Sunday, December 17, 2017. So you can expect to catch a train northbound from the Sheppard West Station (formerly Downsview Station) all the way to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre at Highway 7 and Jane Street.

Will the new subway trains be on the extension?

The new Toronto Rocket trains will run on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway. TTC has replaced the entire Line 1 fleet with newer and more comfortable "Toronto Rocket" (TR) trains and will acquire additional TR trains for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension.

Will all the stations have commuter parking lots?

To encourage commuters to use the subway system, 2,811 parking spaces are planned for various stations.  Commuter parking lots are planned at the Finch West station with 347 spaces, Pioneer Village station with 1,881 spaces, and Highway 407 station with 583 spaces. TTC will not have parking lots at Downsview Park Station, York University Station or Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station. Refer to the Spadina Subway Extension map to see the locations of the stations.

How often will trains run on the extension?

On opening day, trains will run every four to five minutes. As more people use the subway, trains will be added and become more frequent.

How long will it take to get from Sheppard West Station to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Station?

It will take approximately 14 minutes to travel from the Sheppard West Station to the end of the line at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Station.

How will the subway extension be built?

The three main techniques used to build the subway extension are tunnel boring, "cut and cover" construction and sequential excavation method (SEM). SEM was used to build a Double Ended Pocket Track Housing Structure (DEPTHS) under the Finch Hydro corridor.

When did construction start?

Early construction work on the Wilson-Downsview rail connection began in February 2010. Construction of the subway tunnels was completed in November 2013. Four tunnel boring machines, Holey, Moley and Yorkie, Torkie, drilled 6.4 kilometres of twin tunnels. Construction work on the six new stations is nearly completed and will be wrapping up December 2017.

How fast are tunnels bored?

Depending on soil conditions, an earth pressure balance tunnel boring machine can progress approximately 15 metres per day.

Who is paying for the extension?

The Toronto - York Spadina Subway Extension project is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and The Regional Municipality of York.

The estimated cost of this project is $3.18 billion.

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