Efficient transit is essential to the the growth and well-being of our City. Here are some details on the new transit plan as announced March 31, 2011, by Premier McGuinty and Mayor Ford:
The Eglinton line: It will run from Black Creek Drive to Kennedy Road, for a distance of about 25 km, and will have up to 26 stations. The line will be largely underground from Black Creek to Kennedy, then partially elevated (replacing the aging Scarborough RT) from Kennedy to the Scarborough City Centre. This project is ready to go ahead, funded by the province.
The Sheppard subway extension: It will be approximately 13 km in length and have nine new stations. Details of costs and planning are subject to a full study by the Toronto Transit Commission. Funding would come from any residual funds left after the construction of the Eglinton line and public-private sector partnerships. TTC Chair Karen Stintz said the city will also apply for federal support for funds set aside for public-private partnerships.
Finch line: It is also hoped that Finch Avenue will have a subway within 10 years. For now it will have to rely on improved bus service.
As I live near the proposed Eglinton route I will be following the progress closely and hopefully will have good news to share.