TTC board to debate city’s transit plan a day after province unveiled its own vision

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TTC board to debate city’s transit plan a day after province unveiled its own vision


The TTC board will meet at city hall Thursday afternoon to discuss Toronto’s transit plans, one day after the provincial government unveiled its own proposal to redraw the subway map.

On the board agenda is a report that recommends advancing projects such as the relief line and the one-stop Scarborough subway extension. The report, which is based on years of planning, will go to council next week.

The TTC board will meet at 1 p.m. at city hall to debate the city’s transit plans.
The TTC board will meet at 1 p.m. at city hall to debate the city’s transit plans.  (Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star)

But Premier Doug Ford announced his own $28.5-billion plan on Wednesday that would significantly alter projects the city has been pursuing.

Most significantly, the provincial government wants to replace the existing plan for the relief line subway with a new project called the Ontario Line, which would run from Ontario Place to the Ontario Science Centre using smaller, lighter trains than TTC subways.

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Ford also wants to revert to the older three-stop version of the Scarborough subway extension, a proposal that would add at least $1.5 billion to the cost of the project and could take so long to build that it likely wouldn’t be done by the time the Scarborough RT has to be taken out of service in 2026. That could leave transit users in the eastern part of the city stuck taking the bus for years.

While the province’s proposal would shake up the city’s plans, details about how it would be paid for and built remain vague.

TTC officials are expected to face questions from board members about how Ford proposal will affect Toronto’s transit future. The meeting starts at 1 p.m.

Ben Spurr is a Toronto-based reporter covering transportation. Reach him by email at bspurr@thestar.ca or follow him on Twitter: @BenSpurr





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