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Toronto-York TTC Subway Extension Set to Open in 30 Days

Faster and More Convenient Public Transit for Commuters

November 17, 2017

The new TTC subway extension from Downsview Park Station in Toronto to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre in York Region will open on Dec. 17, just 30 days from today. The new subway extension will provide subway service that moves beyond regional boundaries in Ontario for the very first time.

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, Francesco Sorbara, MP Vaughan-Woodbridge, Michael Levitt, MP York Centre, John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, Josh Colle, Chair of TTC and Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO of York Region, marked the 30-day countdown today by taking a tour and putting final touches on the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Downsview Park stations.

The Toronto-York Spadina Subway (TYSSE), is an 8.6-kilometre extension of the TTC Line 1 from Downsview Park Station to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre at Highway 7 in York Region. There are six new subway stations, three new commuter parking lots and TTC, York Region and GO bus terminals, making it easier for commuters to get around.

Starting on Dec. 17, the Line 1 subway extension will help get commuters to where they need to go sooner. Commuters will be able to go from Sheppard West Station to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre station in 14 minutes.

The TYSSE project is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and The Regional Municipality of York. The Government of Canada has committed up to $697 million to the project. The Province of Ontario has provided $870 million through the Move Ontario Trust. Total City of Toronto funding will amount to $904 million and total Regional Municipality of York funding will amount to $604 million.


“When the new subway extension opens, students and residents across the region will be able to get where they need to be sooner. We’ve reached today’s milestone as a result of our partnership with all three levels of government and the hard work of the many contractors that built the subway extension. Ontario is making it easier for people to take transit with a simple tap of their PRESTO card and with the discounted fare for riders transferring between GO Transit or the UP Express that will come into effect in the new year.”
— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

“The Government of Canada recognizes how important affordable and efficient transit infrastructure is to growing the middle class and getting Canadians to work on time and back home quickly at the end of a long day. With only 30 days to go until the new Line 1 subway extension is opened, I look forward to this project making Vaughan and the GTA more inclusive and sustainable.”
— Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The day is almost here! When the new Line 1 subway extension opens on December 17, residents living near Downsview Park and anywhere along the new line will be able to get to where they need to go more quickly and efficiently. Projects like this one will help build 21st-century communities and ensure a high quality of life for generations to come.”
— Michael Levitt, Member of Parliament for York Centre

“Today we are just 30 days away from a momentous rapid transit milestone that will benefit Toronto residents, students and businesses. The opening of the TTC's Line 1 Extension will reduce congestion on our roads and get people moving. Expanding our subway system has been possible only through the partnership of all three levels of government and our ongoing commitment to get Toronto moving.”
— John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

“On behalf of York Regional Council, and the 1.2 million residents of York Region, we are excited for the 30-day countdown for the opening of York Region’s first subway, the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. Transit is an important priority for York Region, and our Council continues to make investments in transit and remains a willing partner to boost transit across the GTHA. Our residents are looking forward to the opening and to improved connections between our local transit agencies.”
— Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO of York Region

“The TTC is reaching an exciting milestone of 30 days until the opening of a new subway extension. It will be a completely modern system with six new stations featuring Wi-Fi, public art, transit connections, commuter parking, the new PRESTO fare system, and new fare gates. The extension 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.”
— Josh Colle, Chair of TTC


 The Line 1 extension/TYSSE project comprises six new stations: Downsview Park, Finch West, York University, Pioneer Village, Highway 407 and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.
 The Line 1 Extension/TYSSE project created an estimated 20,000 jobs during construction.
 The Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto are cutting the cost of commuting for people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Starting in January 2018, adult, senior, youth and student commuters will pay a TTC fare of just $1.50 when they use a PRESTO card to transfer between GO Transit or the UP Express and the TTC.


Toronto-York-Spadina Subway Extension
GO Transit

Celso Pereira    11/17/2017


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