On August 26, 2019, the federal government confirmed more than $1B of funding for two Toronto rapid transit projects – capacity improvements at Bloor-Yonge subway station ($500M) and construction of 6 new Smart Track (ST) stations ($585M). The funding comes from the PTIF-2 program which will direct about $4.9B to Toronto transit over the coming 11 years. For further details on PTIF, check the Transport Action Ontario (TAO) report “Update on Federal Funding Commitments for the GTHA” in May, 2019. As can be read, the Smart Track funding is not a surprise, as Prime Minister Harper had previously committed similar funding.
The Bloor-Yonge capacity improvement project is a solid, badly-needed project with little controversy. It will build/modify platforms on both Lines 2 and 1 and add stairs, escalators and elevators.
However, there is considerable strategic uncertainly about the Smart Track stations. See Figure below.
The following summarizes key facts on the stations:
TAO will continue to track this funding and the projects and advocate for the best use of taxpayer dollars.
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