Investing in Toronto Public Transit

The Ontario Liberals offer the only comprehensive and fully costed plan to build up Toronto transit


Wednesday, May 23, 2018


 

Yesterday, I joined the Premier at Union Station to highlight the Ontario Liberal government's track record of building transit in Toronto and our plans for the future. Ontario Liberals are making significant investments in transit benefiting residents of Toronto-St. Paul’s, including the $5.3 billion capital investment for the Eglinton Crosstown.

We are the only party with a fully costed plan to keep Toronto moving. We will:

  • Fund the provincial share of all of Toronto’s priority transit projects, including the Downtown Relief Line, Waterfront LRT, SmartTrack and Yonge North
  • Honour the SmartTrack agreement with the City of Toronto, including six new SmartTrack stations, enabling SmartTrack to offer 5 to 10-minute trips during rush hour
  • Continue to invest in the Eglinton Crosstown

There are concerning costing errors in the NDP platform, which removes $1.8 billion in funding over the next three years platform, which removes $1.8 billion in funding over the next three years, required to sustain the terms of the federal-provincial agreement on transit infrastructure. This oversight effectively breaches the terms of the greement and places all funded projects in limbo, leaving Toronto without a reliable plan for projects like the Downtown Relief Line subway, the Yonge North Extension and the Waterfront Transit Network. Our plan for transit stands in clear contrast to the incoherent, unfunded promises Doug Ford has made on the campaign trail. nd his brother created a chaotic, uncoordinated process that stalled transit progress for years. Doug Ford was part of an approach that cut the TTC’s Budget and threw away millions of dollars of work without building a single inch of new subway or LRT in Toronto. 

Successful transit infrastructure is critical for Ontario to grow and thrive. We need it to keep our people and our economy moving. Our plan will allow us to protect the progress we have made and build for an even better, greener future.