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Toronto to share costs for SmartTrack,
other transit projects



During a nine-hour debate, yesterday, Tuesday, November 8, Toronto City Council approved an agreement with the Province of Ontario to share costs for what’s left of the original SmartTrack plan and other transit projects, worth a total of $11 billion.

Under the plan that Council approved, the City agrees to pay:

  • the capital costs for building six new GO Transit stations in Toronto. These stations on the Stouffville, Lakeshore East and Kitchener lines — all that’s left of SmartTrack — will likely cost the City $3.7 billion.
  • the capital costs for extending the Crosstown LRT further west along Eglinton Avenue West between Mount Dennis and the Renforth Gateway Station on the Mississauga Transitway. The cost of this is $2.5 billion.
  • the costs to operate and maintain light rail transit lines that Metrolinx is building or will build in Toronto, including the Crosstown, Finch West and Sheppard East (.pdf) lines.
  • 15 per cent of the costs for building several “grade separations” — bridges — where major roadways cross GO corridors to help Metrolinx implement its regional express rail (or http://www.metrolinx.com/en/regionalplanning/rer) network. Fifteen percent of these costs is about $62 million.
  • $60 million to improve GO stations and other infrastructure for RER, including two more new stations on the Barrie line.

For more details, visit the Urban Toronto blog.

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