The Metrolinx vision is to transform the way our region moves. Funding
resources are vital to helping this transformation of public transportation
in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Since the creation of
Metrolinx in 2006, we have been working hard to secure various funding
commitments to jump start transit and active transportation improvements for
Quick Wins funding announced in 2007 demonstrated early action on
transit improvements. The $744 million in Provincial funding was used to
assist transit agencies and municipalities with different short-term
transit improvements such as the BikeLinx program, with more racks on
buses and secure parking, and bus fleet expansions, to name a few.
In spring 2009, the Province of Ontario announced an unprecedented
$9.5 billion in funding, including more than $300 million from the
Federal Government, for transit projects known as the Metrolinx Big 5.
These projects included Viva Bus Rapid Transit on Hwy. 7 and Yonge
Street in York Region, and Finch Light Rail Transit (LRT), Scarborough
Rapid Transit, Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown and Sheppard East LRT in the City of
In early 2011, the scopes of the Toronto projects were redefined by
Metrolinx, the Government of Ontario and the newly appointed City of
Toronto administration. In March 2011, the parties reached a consensus
on a revised plan with a greater focus on higher-order, grade separated
rapid transit services.
Metrolinx will focus on the delivery of the
Crosstown Project and the City of Toronto will focus on
Sheppard Subway extension west to Downsview and east to Scarborough
The original funding for the Toronto Metrolinx Big 5 projects is being
redirected towards the revised plan and provides an excellent start for
transit improvements and network expansion in our region.
With these funding commitments, our region has a great start for
getting much-needed transit improvements underway.
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Looking towards the future, Metrolinx is mandated by legislation to
report back by 2013 with an Investment Strategy. Work is already underway which will
inform our decision-makers on long term, sustainable revenue solutions
that will help us to continue to transform the way our region moves well
into the future.