December 15, 2017 – Vaughan, Ontario
Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor John Tory, and Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, the Chairman and CEO of York Region, Wayne Emmerson, and Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Josh Colle, today announced the completion of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE). Following the announcement and ribbon cutting ceremony, MP Sorbara participated in the first ride on the TTC subway from Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station to York University Station.
As the first subway extension for the City of Toronto in 15 years, the TTC Line 1 Extension is the first in Ontario’s history which moves across regional boundaries, connecting Sheppard West Station in Toronto to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station in York Region. Jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and the Regional Municipality of York, the TYSSE is a six-station, 8.6 km extension which will provide residents with a modern, efficient, safe and convenient public transit system.
This is an historic public transit milestone for residents of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. The Federal Government is investing $28.7 billion in public transit over 12 years in projects like the TYSSE, which received close to $700 million for this project, benefiting residents, students, and businesses. Having an accessible transit system not only supports middle-class jobs, but also grows our economy and creates inclusive communities.
“It is an honour to represent the residents of Vaughan-Woodbridge and to be here today for the announcement of the completion of the TYSSE. Our Government is investing in infrastructure to address to the real needs that our citizens have. By working together, we are responding to the priorities of Canadians.” – Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge
- The Line 1 extension project – which created an estimated 20,000 well-paying, middle class jobs during its construction – includes six new stations: Downsview Park, Finch West, York University, Pioneer Village, Highway 407 and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. It also includes three new commuter parking lots and TTC, York Region, and GO bus terminals.
- The Government of Canada provided $622 million through the Building Canada Fund and an additional $75 million through a one-time transfer to the Government of Ontario’s Move Ontario Trust.
- This is the first subway service in Ontario’s history that moves across regional boundaries.
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- To support public transit, Budget 2017 proposed $25.3 billion, which includes $5 billion that will be invested in public transit systems by the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada’s new $180 billion infrastructure plan
- Building Canada Fund
- Build ON 2017 Infrastructure Update
- Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension
Office of Francesco Sorbara
Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge