Monday, December 18, 2017

TTC opens Line 1 extension

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TTC opens Line 1 extension Office of the Prime Minister of Canada

The 5.34-mile (8.6-km) Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Toronto-to-York subway extension opened to the public on Sunday, Dec. 17.

The new extension, also known as the TTC Line 1 Extension, connects Sheppard West Station in Toronto to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station in York Region in the province of Ontario. TTC says the extension will reduce commute times and make it easier and faster for residents and tourists to get around.

"Modernizing our public transit infrastructure is about creating good, middle class jobs and transforming the way that Canadians move, work and live. This project is an example of what can be accomplished when all levels of government work together to make our communities more connected and more welcoming," said Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The government of Canada contributed close to CA$700 million (US$544.2 million) to the project, and the province of Ontario provided CA$974 million (US$757.2 million) through the Move Ontario Trust. In addition, the city of Toronto and the Regional Municipality of York contributed CA$904 million (US$702.8 million) and CA$604 million (US$469.6 million) in funding, respectively.

"This is a historic milestone for the TTC with the opening of a critical extension of our subway system, with six new stations featuring Wi-Fi, public art, transit connections, commuter parking, the Presto fare system and new fare gates. 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 TTC Chair and Toronto City Councilor for Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence Josh Colle.