John Tory reveals $162 million plan to speed up construction of relief line

Jan 17 2019, 3:07 pm

Mayor John Tory announced city staff have planned a way to accelerate the completion of the relief line “at least” two years faster.

However, the acceleration will come with a cost, adding $162 million to this year’s TTC capital budget.

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The advanced timeline means the south portion of the relief line would be completed by 2029 opposed to the current target of 2031.

“Even after this acceleration we are going to continue to work with all our transit partners to continue to expedite the relief line,” said Tory at a press conference at Pape Station Thursday morning.

Councillor and TTC Chair Jaye Robinson says the project will divert 2500 people from the overcrowded Yonge line every hour.

City council has yet to approve the new funding.

The relief line is a future rapid transit line that would relieve overcrowding on the Yonge Subway Line, and provide riders with more travel options.

Last fall, the Ontario government gave the City of Toronto and Metrolinx the green light to move ahead with the downtown relief line following an environmental assessment.

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This news comes as Premier Doug Ford continues to plan the province’s “upload” of Toronto’s subway system.

Ford says the upload of the subway would help the province to implement a more efficient regional transit system, reduce costs and build transit faster.