Governments of Canada, Ontario and Toronto commit funds to new rapid transit line

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Representatives from the governments of Canada, Ontario and Toronto have reaffirmed their commitment to planning a relief line for the Toronto subway.

It is hoped the proposed extension – which has now received more than $200 million in funding to kickstart the planning and design – will ease overcrowding and congestion on the Yonge Subway Line.

The Government of Canada will invest more than $27 million to support the initial stage, Ontario more than $150 million and Toronto more than $27 million – in addition to $4 million it has already spent on planning.

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen, Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and the Mayor of Toronto John Tory reaffirmed their commitment to build the new line on June 2.

The Mayor of Toronto John Tory said: “This planning funding – coupled with the City’s investment – helps us get to work on planning the relief line.

“The City of Toronto is ready to keep building transit for the future and looks forward to working with our federal and provincial partners to make that construction a reality for our residents.”

The proposed alignment of the extension will be from Pape Avenue and Danforth Avenue to downtown via Queen Street East.

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