Ontario moving forward to deliver subways faster
Feb. 22, 2020
Global Korean Post
Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation introduced legislation that will help deliver Ontario’s four priority subway projects on-time and on-budget. The proposed legislation demonstrates Ontario’s real commitment to delivering transit faster for the people in the Greater Toronto Area, reducing congestion, and connecting people to places and jobs.
“In order to keep up with the tremendous growth in the region, we have to build modern, efficient rapid transit,” said Minister Mulroney. “It will not only generate years of employment, it will allow us to better connect a world-class city and develop transit-oriented communities.”
The Building Transit Faster Act would provide the province with the tools to expedite the planning, design and construction process that has delayed major projects in the past. If passed, the legislation would remove roadblocks and give the Province the ability needed to deliver projects faster by:
- Relocating utilities more efficiently while treating businesses fairly, and ensuring costs are not passed on to consumers;
- Ensuring the assembly of land required to construct stations, conduct tunneling and prepare sites, while treating property owners fairly;
- Ensuring timely access to municipal services and rights-of-way;
- Allowing Ontario to inspect and remove physical barriers with appropriate notification to property owners;
- Ensuring nearby developments or construction projects are coordinated so they do not delay the four priority subway projects.
The projects include the all-new Ontario Line, the Yonge North Subway Extension, the three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension, and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, and will address the increasing demand for safe and reliable transportation options.