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Ontario is moving forward with 15-stop Toronto subway project


Ontario Line will be province’s largest subway expansion in history

TORONTO, ON., June 2, 2020 — Today, the Ontario government announced that it is moving forward with the next step in building the Toronto’s new Ontario Line, the signature project in the largest subway expansion in the province’s history.

The plan is for a 15.5 kilometre subway expansion which will extend from Exhibition/Ontario Place to the Ontario Science Centre. Current plans include 15 potential stations, including 17 new multi-modal connections to GO Transit, existing TTC subway stations and streetcar lines, and the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit line.

Better Service for All Communities

The plan if for the Ontario Line to connect previously unconnected communities like Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park, with convenient access to transit so people can get to their jobs faster, do errands more conveniently and explore the city easily.

Today’s announcement made by Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, and Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA), says it is issuing the first two public-private partnership (P3) Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) to identify and qualify those who will design, build and maintain the subway line. The Ontario Line is being built under three separate P3 contracts.

“Under the leadership of Premier Ford, our government is taking historic steps to expand subway service and reduce traffic congestion across the GTA,” said Minister Mulroney. “By issuing these first RFQs we are one step closer to realizing our transit vision and helping to generate economic activity and create tens of thousands of jobs as the province recovers from COVID-19.”

Companies interested in bidding on these projects must register

These first two RFQs being issued will include rolling stock systems, an operations and maintenance contract for the entire line and a design-build-finance contract for the southern portion of the Ontario Line. The RFQ for the northern civil package will be released once the successful proponent for the southern civil package is identified.

“Investments in infrastructure projects, like the Ontario Line, will be essential for getting people back to work and improving the quality of life for people throughout the GTA,” said Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA). “To build projects of this magnitude, however, we need everyone at the table. We are calling on the federal government to commit to paying their fair share, at least 40 per cent of the four nationally-significant subway projects.”

Companies interested in bidding on these contracts must register with www.merx.com to download the respective RFQs. Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx will evaluate RFQ submissions and shortlist teams to be invited to respond to a Request for Proposals in fall 2020.

“The Ontario Line is one of the most significant transit infrastructure projects for Ontario in a generation,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “Moving forward with these procurement contracts signals the government remains committed to building much needed transit infrastructure to reduce congestion and contribute to the economic recovery and renewal of our province.”

In April 2019, the province announced its historic new transportation vision, with a preliminary estimated cost of $28.5 billion. This includes four priority transit projects: the all-new Ontario Line; a three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension; the Yonge North Subway Extension; and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension.

Faster Commutes

The province says the Ontario Line will likely deliver up to 40 trains per hour, as frequently as every 90 seconds, providing shorter wait times for customers and faster daily commutes. With quicker travel times and more options to move, you’ll have more time for life, family and things that bring you joy.

Ontario Line expansion should create less crowding

The province says the completed Ontario Line could provide relief and possibly reduce crowding by an estimated 14% on the busiest stretch along TTC’s Line 1. Crowding may be reduced at numerous stations across the network including:

  • 17% less crowding at Bloor/Yonge Station
  • 15% less crowding at Eglinton Station
  • 13% less crowding at Union Station

Source: GGHm v4.
Comparison with Business As Usual scenario.

Proposed Plan

*approximate numbers based on current plans for the project

Number of proposed stations15
Number of proposed connections to other transit options173 GO lines4 connections to Line 1, 2 and Line 5 (Eglinton Crosstown)10 Connections to King, Queen and Gerrard streetcars
Approximate number of route kms16km
Approximate ridership389,000 daily boardings
Approximate serviceAs frequent as every 90 seconds
Approximate access to transit154,000 more people within walking distance to transit
Approximate access to jobs53,000 more jobs accessible in 45 minutes or less for Toronto residents

Quick Facts from the province

  • In addition to the three P3 contracts, some segments of the Ontario Line, where the alignment joins GO Transit rail corridors, will be procured separately. Work on these sections is expected to start before construction commences on the three major work packages.
  • The TTC will be responsible for day to day operations, including in respect of labour relations. Maintenance that the project company could be responsible for includes re-establishing Ontario Line operations, restoring power, coordinating with utility companies or others depending on the source of failure to restore operations.
  • On February 18, Minister Mulroney introduced the Building Transit Faster Act, which, if passed, would provide the province with the tools to expedite the planning, design and construction process of the four priority transit projects

SOURCE Government of Ontario

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