$1.2B Canadian light rail project moving forward

Posted on April 28, 2015

As part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario, Canada's history, the province is moving ahead with the $1.2 billion Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project — a priority transit investment in Toronto that will bring much-needed rapid transit to communities along Finch Avenue West.

The LRT will create approximately six miles of rapid transit along Finch West from the new Finch West subway station on the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension to Humber College.

The project will help transform Finch Avenue West into a vibrant community, accessible to motorists, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians. The LRT service will also move more people, faster through the busy Finch West corridor than the existing bus service.

Through the Moving Ontario Forward plan the government is investing in priority rapid transit projects that will connect to the GO Transit network and other transit systems across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). These priority rapid transit projects will increase transit ridership, reduce travel times, manage congestion, connect people to jobs and improve the economy.

Earlier this month, Ontario moved ahead with its plan to unlock the value of certain public assets. This will provide the province with approximately $4 billion to build new transit and other priority infrastructure projects through Moving Ontario Forward.

Investing more than $130 billion over 10 years in public infrastructure ­— the largest infrastructure investment in the province's history — is part of the government's plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.

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