City establishes first of its kind office for Toronto transit projects

Nov 8 2018, 8:25 pm

After a long history of overcrowding on the TTC, seems like the City of Toronto is looking to ensure that our transit projects are on track.

On Thursday, Mayor John Tory announced that the city is establishing a new Transit Expansion Office that “will lead and direct the city’s participation in long-term, multi-billion-dollar transit network expansion projects.”

The city has also begun looking for the office’s first Executive Director.

“We are reorganizing the city government to ensure we have an office focused on getting our major transit projects built as soon as possible,” said Mayor John Tory.

“Council has approved Toronto’s transit network plan, voters have endorsed it and this office will be tasked with making sure every project in that plan, including the Relief Line, is completed on time and on budget.”

According to the city, the new first of its kind office will play an important role in providing oversight of transit expansion projects.

It will also oversee and facilitate all processes related to transit expansion initiatives, and serve as a single point of contact for all city divisions, the TTC, Metrolinx.

Over the next decade, the city said it will be working closely with Metrolinx to implement the SmartTrack Stations Program and the GO Expansion Program, while continuing to advance other priority transit expansion projects including the Relief Line, the Bloor-Danforth subway extension into Scarborough, the Eglinton East LRT, the Eglinton West LRT, and the Waterfront Transit Network.

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