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Toronto plans $50B transit expansion

Posted on September 24, 2008

Massive expansion of public transit is at the core of a draft strategy previewed by Toronto-based Metrolinx, mapping out $50 billion in new projects over 25 years.

“The Big Move: Transforming Transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area” sets out nearly 100 actions to build new transportation infrastructure and improve transit service.

The draft plan will be considered by the Metrolinx Board. Metrolinx will then launch extensive consultations seeking public feedback in October. A final plan will be released later this year, with implementation to begin soon after. A draft investment strategy, outlining a financial plan to pay for the transportation improvements and ongoing operations, was also put forward.

“The Big Move” details the largest expansion of public transit in the region in more than half a century, including 714.5 miles of new rapid transit lines and other measures that will more than double the number of trips taken on transit every year. When fully implemented, 75 percent of residents in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area will live within 1.2 miles of rapid transit, compared to just 42 percent currently.

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