The largest expansion of Toronto’s subway system in nearly 40 years comes into service on December 17, offering a fast and convenient new option for people to get to a job or class — and home to their families sooner.
Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne — along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; John Tory, Mayor of Toronto; Josh Colle, TTC Chair; and Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and CEO; as well as other local transit and elected officials — celebrated the landmark project by taking the inaugural ride on the new stretch of Line 1 linking Toronto with Vaughan. This is among the largest subway expansions in North America in recent decades, with six new stations and 8.6 kilometres of new track. It will allow people to get 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. And students will be able to take rapid transit to York University for the very first time.
The extension of Line 1 into York Region will strengthen connections across the region. The new extension forges links with other transit connections being built across the region, from the future Finch West LRT to the Barrie GO rail line and the vivaNext rapid-bus network in York Region. The new subway terminus is already helping to encourage business and residential development in Vaughan’s emerging downtown. This hub will help create a walkable, urban community with extensive green space and quick access to transit.
The fast connection between Vaughan and Union Station in downtown Toronto will help businesses attract the best talent and boost their productivity — and help families across the region connect quickly and easily. The milestone marks the first in a series of game-changing transit projects the Ontario government will open in the coming years.
The 19-kilometre Eglinton Crosstown LRT is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Toronto; Waterloo Region is set to celebrate the opening of its first light rail project, just as Regional Express Rail is set to better connect it with the Greater Toronto Area; and Ottawa’s Confederation Line LRT is expected to open next year.
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