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September 20, 2022

John Tory Laser-Focused on Getting Transit Built in Toronto, Champions Historic $28-Billion Transit Plan

Today, John Tory committed to continuing to champion the historic, fully-funded $28-billion transit plan he was successful in getting all three levels of government to agree to. Under Tory’s leadership, Toronto has embarked on the largest transit expansion project in North America in decades, and he is determined to see it through.

“For many, many years, before I became Mayor, Toronto built very little new transit capacity,” said John Tory. “But under my leadership, we are getting on with getting transit built – in Scarborough, in Etobicoke, in the downtown, in East York, and in North York. One of the big reasons why I’m seeking a third term as Mayor is to make sure the once in a lifetime transit expansion gets done, and I know that it will require experienced leadership to keep these projects on track”.

John Tory will be laser-focused on the $28 billion transit plan and getting the four transit projects built:

  • The Scarborough subway extension, now under construction.
  • The Ontario Line, now under construction.
  • The Eglinton Crosstown West Extension towards Pearson Airport.
  • The Yonge North Extension.

Under John Tory’s leadership, key expansions and investments made to Toronto’s public transit system include:

  • Moving forward with the Crosstown LRT and Finch LRT, both of which will open soon.
  • Securing funding for the expansion of Bloor-Yonge station to meet current and future ridership demand.
  • Planning underway for the Eglinton East and Waterfront transit lines.
  • Introducing the City’s first-ever RapidTO corridor - a priority bus-only lane - on Eglinton East.
  • Investing in 60 new streetcars for the TTC through a $568 million funding commitment from all three levels of government.
  • Ensuring that the TTC continues to have the largest fleet of electric buses in all of North America. 
  • Creating the King Street Transit Priority Corridor to ensure more reliable and efficient streetcar service along the busiest surface transit route in the city.
  • Implementing the SmartTrack program, with an agreement signed between all three levels of government and with Metrolinx now hiring builders for five new urban rapid transit stations.
  • Significantly upgrading the TTC system as part of the five and 10-year plan to improve customer experience and accommodate expected growth in ridership.
  • Increasing subway service on Line 1 and 2 during peak periods to support return to office plans.
  • Increasing investment on 17 bus and streetcar routes this year, and increasing service on 29 bus routes and two streetcar routes beginning in September as riders return to work.
  • Rolling out the Automated Train Control signalling system on all of Line 1 and expansion of the Wi-Fi on buses pilot program this fall.Bringing in the Fair Pass, a first-ever TTC discount for low-income residents, as well as free two-hour transfers on the TTC.

“Toronto is growing, and a big part of that growth requires continued investments in transit – from the City, from the province and from the Government of Canada. That's why I am so proud that as Mayor I have worked with both of these governments to break the gridlock when it comes to transit planning to ensure we get transit built in Toronto and keep people moving. This transit plan is a monumental gain for our city and the $28 billion transit expansion is on track, but it has to stay on track. That has been my focus as Mayor, and will continue to be my priority if re-elected.”

Additional Quotes 

"On behalf of over 70,000 LiUNA Members in the Greater Toronto Area, we look forward to continuing working collaboratively with John Tory on building and expanding Toronto’s Transit network. A growing region requires reliable and resilient infrastructure that will continue to advance economic development, job creation and connectivity. With historic investments by all levels of government, we are building and expanding transformative transit infrastructure that will strengthen the future of the city, support prosperity and build vibrant, inclusive communities."

  • Joseph Mancinelli, LiUNA International Vice President and Regional Manager of Central and Eastern Canada 

“Investment in transit infrastructure is crucial to our city's success,  health and vitality. To enable our city to grow and prosper sustainably,  transit investment needs to happen. With $28 billion of transit work underway , John Tory leads by example and highlights the value of collaboration with all three levels of government contributing to the largest transit expansion in North America in decades. These projects will link thousands of housing units to mass transit , making our city far more accessible to far more people" 

  • Mike Yorke,  President, Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario