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What we will do:

  • Continue improving and adding service to the TTC including “last-mile” solutions including community buses and exploring microtransit options.
  • Continue making the TTC more customer friendly and responsive to 21st-century consumer expectations.

Jennifer Keesmaat’s Plan

  • Jennifer Keesmaat wants to go backwards by re-drawing the transit map and withdrawing the City’s funding for the Scarborough Subway Extension.
  • This means more delays, nothing getting built, and more time spent stuck in traffic or on an overcrowded transit vehicle.
  • Ms. Keesmaat was one of the key architects of the City's transit plan and now, as a mayoral candidate, she wants to redraw the whole thing.

What we have done:

Improvements to the TTC

  • Instituted Kids Ride Free - free transit for kids under 12.
  • Instituted Hop on Hop Off transfers across the TTC network - residents now pay once to hop on and off the TTC as many times as they want in a two hour period.
  • Instituted the Fair Pass Program, offering discounted TTC passes for low income workers and those on disability supports.
  • Negotiated the first ever fare integration deal between the TTC and GO transit, offering a discount for riders transferring between the two platforms.
  • Introduced debit/credit capabilities for fare purchases at all TTC stations.
  • Introduced wi-fi at all subway stations.
  • Opened the subway one hour earlier on Sundays.
  • Purchased 1,043 new buses, with funding in part from the federal government.
  • As part of an unprecedented $95 million dollar investment in the TTC in his first year, the Mayor:
    • Restored all day, everyday bus service that was cut in 2011
    • Added ten-minute or better bus and streetcar service
    • Launched five new and revised express bus routes across the City
    • Reduced wait times and crowding at off-peak times
    • Reduced wait times and crowding on 21 of the busiest routes during morning and afternoon rush hours
    • Expanded the Blue Night Network, adding 12 routes to the 22-route network
    • Added up to two additional subway trains on Lines 1 and 2 during morning and afternoon rush hours
  • Through the 2018 budget, the Mayor added millions of dollars to the TTC budget that allows for:
    • Funding for overcrowding measures including adding more subway trains in the peak hour service and crowd management personnel at Yonge- Bloor and St. George in the peak hours.
    • Starting in September 2018, rolling out the first of two phases of major Fall service improvements that will increase service on more than 30 bus routes across the City and add six new express bus routes.

Implementing the City’s Transit Network Plan

  • For the first time ever, the City has a Council-approved transit plan to keep people moving. Multiple projects are moving forward at the same time, and we’re no longer waiting years for one to finish before starting the next one like we’ve done in the past.
  • These projects include: the Relief Line, SmartTrack, the Scarborough Subway, the Eglinton East LRT, the Eglinton West LRT, and the Waterfront LRT.
  • Mayor Tory secured $9 billion from the other levels of government to pay for it.
  • Mayor Tory meets monthly with seniors officials to ensure that projects are on track.

Relief Line

  • Under this Mayor, the Relief Line alignment was approved and significant funding was secured and dedicated to the project.
  • Approved multiple contracts to begin drilling and undertaking detailed station design and tunnel planning work. These contracts were sped up at the request of the Mayor.
  • Finalized the City’s work on the Environmental Assessment, so that it is now ready to go before the Minister of the Environment for approval.

SmartTrack

  • Under this Mayor, SmartTrack was approved and we reached a cost sharing agreement with the Province to build it.
  • City Council approved SmartTrack with 24 stations. This includes:
    • 14 heavy rail stations, with new stations at Finch-Kennedy, Lawrence- Kennedy, Gerrard- Carlaw, East Harbour, Liberty Village, St. Clair-Old Weston, and enhanced stations of Miliken, Agincourt, Kennedy, Scarborough, Danforth, Union, Bloor, and Mount Dennis.
    • At least 10 stops on the Eglinton West LRT.
    • Also secured two additional new GO RER stops in Toronto at Spadina- Front and Bloor- Davenport. This was secured through the SmartTrack process and would not have been approved if the Mayor had not been asking for additional service in Toronto from Metrolinx.
  • Finalized the City’s work on the Environmental Assessment, so that it is now ready to go before the Minister of the Environment for approval.
  • Physical work is underway: in north Scarborough, crews are double tracking the rail line to make room for additional service.

Scarborough Subway

  • Advanced detailed planning work to advance the project to the next stage, including awarding contracts for detailed station and tunnel design.
  • Physical work is underway: this summer, crews are relocating utilities and hydro vaults along the route where the subway will be built.
  • Property impact assessments are underway to determine and minimize the impact on property owners on or near the route of the subway.

Waterfront LRT

  • Under this Mayor, the Waterfront transit plan was approved through City Council.
  • Work is underway on key sections of the network between Humber Bay Shores and Exhibition Place, along Bathurst St from Fort York Blvd to Queens Quay, and for the Port Lands from Parliament St to Leslie St.
  • The detailed design is already underway for the westerly extension of the exclusive transit right-of-way to Humber Bay Shores. Once we complete design, the next step is to build the infrastructure.
  • As part of this detailed work, the City is already consulting with stakeholders such as St. Joseph’s Hospital to ensure best access to the hospital.

Eglinton East LRT

  • Under this Mayor, the Eglinton East LRT was approved through City Council and planning work is funded and underway.
  • We have pushed for and approved an extension to the Eglinton East LRT so that it now terminates at the Malvern Town Centre, while still building a hub at the UofT Scarborough.
  • Council approved the station locations, as well as completed design work that allowed us to approve tunnelling the route through the Kingston-Lawrence-Morningside intersection.

Eglinton West LRT

  • Under this Mayor, the Eglinton West LRT was approved by City Council.
  • Council approved station locations and work is now underway on detailed planning and design, including ongoing traffic modelling.  
  • Council directed staff to conduct detailed working group discussions with the local community around the station designs, including potential tunneling options, recognizing that community input is paramount.
  • Work is also underway to determine the connection from Renforth Station to Toronto Pearson International Airport, working collaboratively Metrolinx, Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.
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