Joint funding of up to $1.5 billion for the expansion and rehabilitation of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)’s Bloor-Yonge Subway Station is on its way, according to the agency's news release.
With the funding announced, the City of Toronto will be able to expand and rehabilitate the existing subway station to improve efficiency and capacity and reduce overcrowding during rush hours. Work will include the construction of a second platform on Line 2 for eastbound service, an expansion of the Line 1 northbound and southbound platforms, new elevators, escalators and stairs, and construction of a new accessible entrance and exit on Bloor Street East.
“Bloor-Yonge Station is home to one of the busiest lines in North America, and it is an important part of the routines of people from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area — including my own family," said Chrystia Freeland, deputy prime minister of Canada. "Today’s announcement is great news for Toronto, and it is critical to ensuring we have reliable public transit for the riders who use it every day.”
Once complete, this project will increase the station’s capacity and accessibility. These improvements will enable more Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area residents to use public transit to get to and from their destination, reduce gridlock on our roads, and help the TTC accommodate a projected growth in ridership.
“The expansion of Bloor-Yonge Station is a key part of our transit expansion plan," said John Tory, mayor of the City of Toronto. "This work to increase the capacity of this important transit hub is only possible because all three governments are working together to invest in the TTC and its future. Toronto is growing rapidly and these unprecedented transit investments are needed to make sure we have a reliable, accessible, safe, and modern transit system now and in the future.”