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Toronto Executive Committee approves project
to extend Yonge subway into York Region

At its meeting yesterday, Monday, January 5, the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee approved a staff report recommending that the City endorse the project to extend the Yonge subway northward to the Town of Richmond Hill in York Region.

The committee has forwarded its recommendations to City Council, which will consider the recommendations at its meeting on January 27 and 28.

The committee recommended that City Council approve:

  • identifying both the City and York Region as co-proponents for the project;
  • extending the subway along Yonge Street 6.8 kilometers to the area of Highway 7 in Richmond Hill;
  • building six new stations at Cummer / Drewry, Steeles, Clark, Royal Orchard, Langstaff / Longbridge and Richmond Hill Centre;
  • providing bus terminals at Steeles and Richmond Hill Centre Stations and a bus loop at Cummer / Drewry Station on the north side of Drewry Avenue, just west of Yonge Street;
  • building a bridge to carry the subway across the East Branch of the Don River between Clark and Royal Orchard Stations; and
  • providing enough commuter parking at Langstaff / Longbridge Station to serve passengers who currently use the parking lots at Finch Station and to attract new passengers to the line.

The Committee also recommended that City Council direct City and TTC staff to secure funding and set up agreements, so that:

  • the Province of Ontario is responsible for all capital costs for the project, including the cost of acquiring property, as the MoveOntario 2020 plan proposed;
  • the City is not responsible for extra costs if extending the subway increases the City’s operating costs;
  • the Toronto Transit Commission is responsible for managing and delivering the project;
  • the TTC manages and maintains the subway stations and infrastructure and the commuter parking lots but does not manage and maintain bus terminals and passenger pick-up and drop-off facilities in York Region;
  • the TTC owns the subway stations and infrastructure except for the bus terminal and passenger pick-up and drop-off facilities in York Region;
  • the extended Spadina subway and the TTC’s automatic signal system must be operating before the extended Yonge subway opens;
  • the cost of the project include any related transit and transportation infrastructure in the City of Toronto, including improving the Bloor - Yonge subway stations and finishing the North York Centre Service Roads.

The Executive Committee also instructed the City Manager and the General Manager of the TTC to report directly to City Council at its meeting of January 27 about additional costs resulting from extending the Yonge Subway, including the costs of:

  • altering the Bloor - Yonge subway stations to allow passengers to transfer more easily between subway lines;
  • expanding the subway fleet;
  • building second entrances from subway stations along Yonge Street south of Bloor Station;
  • building an eastern relief subway line from Pape Station to downtown Toronto;
  • building a new subway yard or extending the Sheppard subway westward to Downsview Station to provide access for trains on the extended Yonge subway to the Wilson / Downsview Subway Yard.

You can read the City staff reports on extending the subway here (.pdf) and here. (.pdf)

You can read the TTC staff report on extending the subway here.

You can read the Executive Committee’s recommendations to City Council here.

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