THREE-PHASED APPROACH TO INVESTMENT
The Investment Strategy reflects the “results-first” imperative that was repeatedly emphasized by
the public and stakeholders during consultations held by Metrolinx during the development of
the RTP and Investment Strategy. While it is widely recognized that bold action is needed to
address regional transportation needs, people are sceptical about the pattern of continuing
re-announcements with no construction ground-breaking in sight. They want to see action and
results, and to get on with the construction of the major new transit projects that will improve
mobility in the GTHA. As well, they want Metrolinx to build implementation credibility and a track
record first, using existing resources, before seeking any new revenue and financial tools.
The Investment Strategy is a critical component of RTP implementation. The Investment Strategy
sets out a three-phased, affordable plan to finance the implementation of the RTP, with the first
construction ground-breaking on major transit projects to occur as early as 2009.
PHASE ONE: QUICK WINS
The first phase of the Investment Strategy is already underway. To demonstrate early action on
transit improvements, in late 2007 Metrolinx recommended to the province a package of “Quick
Win” transit investments across the GTHA. The Quick Wins will be in service within five years or
less. The province subsequently approved almost $750 million towards these projects in the 2008
Provincial Budget, and the majority of this funding has already been transferred to municipal
transit operators to allow these projects to get underway.
The Quick Win projects, which are illustrated in Appendix D, may be ‘quick’ in timing, but they
represent a significant advancement in taking a regional approach to addressing transportation
needs, and they are the precursors of the larger scale, transformational projects identified in the RTP.
PHASE TWO: MOVEONTARIO 2020 FUNDING FOR MAJOR NEW
The second phase begins immediately in 2009, with a focus on the 15 priority transit projects
identified in section 5.2 of the RTP. During this phase, the province’s $11.5 billion MoveOntario 2020
foundation commitment, coupled with previously announced project funding, will enable
Metrolinx and its partners to proceed with construction of these major new transformational
projects that will positively shape travel decisions, growth patterns and the long-term
development of the GTHA.
Announced by the Premier of Ontario in June 2007, the MoveOntario 2020 initiative is a bold,
landmark step to improve the economic competitiveness and quality of life in the GTHA through
major rapid transit expansion. It is one of the single largest transit investments in Canadian history.
Ontario is asking the federal government to contribute a further $6 billion to increase the total
investment to $17.5 billion. This level of support is consistent with other infrastructure projects of
national economic and environmental importance – and typical practice of federal or national
governments around the world.
The provincial MoveOntario 2020 commitment should be sufficient to sustain RTP project
commitments from 2009 to 2015. With the additional requested federal MoveOntario 2020
funding, RTP implementation could be sustained to 2018.
Leveraging the Ontario Government’s MoveOntario 2020 commitment will allow Metrolinx to
achieve early implementation action and results, before opening the public dialogue about new
revenue and financial options to pay for the balance of the 25-year RTP.
PHASE THREE: BEYOND 2015
After the MoveOntario 2020 phase is over, and people are beginning to enjoy the benefits of new
rapid transit services, shorter commute times and more environmentally friendly transportation
choices, there will be a continuing need for significant, ongoing investments to achieve the full
build-out of the RTP. New and innovative ways of funding the regional transportation system will
need to be considered to meet capital expansion and rehabilitation, as well as operating and
Working directly with government partners, business, the public and other stakeholders, and by
considering leading international best practices, Metrolinx will report back to the province by
2013 with recommendations to close the 2016–2033 investment gap and to implement the
balance of the 25-year vision set out in the RTP.