Eli Ridder | Report
Premier Doug Ford on Wednesday unveiled his plan to replace the current transit Relief Line plan in Toronto with a new subway from Ontario Place on the Lakeshore to the Science Centre northeast of it.
The Toronto Transit Commission’s Relief Line blueprint is wiped and replaced with the new 15-km $10.9 billion “Ontario Line”. The Progressive Conservatives say it would be built by 2027, two years before target for the original target for the Relief Line.
It is not only the the new subway line that was announced but Ford’s ambitions to upload the Toronto subway system to the province in a “staged approach” as reported by the Toronto Star.
Legislation from the ruling PC Party in the coming months will take over all future projects and bills next year could give the province authority over the existing network.
Mayor John Tory is against the province wrestling partial control of his city’s transit system away from municipal authority but others such as city councillor Michael Ford have welcomed the intentions.
While some residents believe that uploading the subway network to the province could be disastrous, others have pointed out that the city has been slow to finish projects.
The changes were announced at the Willowbrook Yard in South Etobicoke to gathered reporters. The mayor was not in attendance but the premier’s nephew, councillor Ford, was there.
Image of transit map unveiling from Andrew Francis Wallace for the Toronto Star.