TORONTO, June 11, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate
Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Vaughan;
along with His Worship Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto; York Region Chairman
and CEO Bill Fisch; and Toronto Transit Commission Chair Karen Stintz,
today participated in an event to mark the completion of the first 1.6
kilometres of twin tunnels for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway
The new tunnels represent one complete section of the twin tunnels that
will connect the future Sheppard West and Finch West Stations. The
tunnel boring machines (TBMs) named "Holey" and "Moley" bored the
"Holey" broke through the headwall at the Keele Street extraction shaft
on May 1, completing the first tunnelling milestone for the project.
"Moley" broke through on June 4, completing the second tunnel for this
section. The extraction shaft, where the TBMs arrived, is located in
the centre of Keele Street, just south of Finch Avenue West. Both TBMs
are now being dismantled and moved to the second launch site and will
bore the next section of tunnel between Sheppard West Station and
"Today, we are one step closer to completing the Toronto-York Spadina
Subway Extension, cutting commute times and easing traffic congestion
in the Greater Toronto Area," said Minister Fantino. "The Harper
government is pleased to invest in this project that is creating jobs
for Canadians and boosting the regional economy."
"The McGuinty government is investing in transit infrastructure projects
such as the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension to improve quality of
life and to help build a stronger economy," said Ontario Minister of
Infrastructure and Transportation Bob Chiarelli. "Improving public
transit helps reduce congestion on our roads, protects our environment,
and makes it easier for Ontarians to get to where they need to go."
"Today marks the important progress we are making on the Toronto-York
Spadina Subway Extension project, which will bring the benefits of a
subway to residents and businesses in the northwest part of Toronto and
beyond," said Mayor Ford. "The subway extension will provide a vital
link between Toronto and its neighbour York Region."
"This milestone illustrates the progress we're making toward connecting
transit systems in southern Ontario," said Chairman Fisch. "Completing
the critical subway link between the City of Toronto and the City of
Vaughan in York Region will help reduce congestion and travel times for
those living, working and commuting around the Greater Toronto Area."
"Holey," "Moley," "Yorkie" and "Torkie" are the official names of the
machines that are boring the tunnels for the TYSSE project. They were
chosen as part of a public contest to name the machines. The tunnel
boring machines will be used to build a total of 13.4 kilometres of
tunnels or 6.7 kilometres of twin tunnels.
The TYSSE project is an 8.6-kilometre extension of the Toronto Transit
Commission's Yonge-University-Spadina subway line from its present
terminus at Downsview Station to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre at
Highway 7. It will have six new stations, including one at York
University. The expansion of the subway will bring the line into York
Region, the fastest-growing region in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
over the past 10 years.
The TYSSE project is targeted for completion by the end of 2015.
The Government of Canada is contributing up to $697 million for this
subway extension. This investment is part of FLOW, a federal government initiative for the GTA that is designed to reduce
congestion, cut commute times, help clear the air and drive the
economic growth in the region.
The Province of Ontario has provided $870 million which was deposited
into the Move Ontario Trust. This funding and all interest accrued by
the Trust will support the project. Transit investments like this one
are part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs, grow local
economies, and ensure the province remains strong and competitive for
years to come.
The City of Toronto is contributing $526 million to the project, which
is a key piece of the TTC's transit infrastructure. The project is an
important component in building a mature subway network that enhances
the existing network and achieves other important transportation, land
use policy, environmental and economic objectives.
The Regional Municipality of York is contributing $352 million to the
subway extension as a key part of its vivaNext plan. The plan follows
the vision of Ontario's Places to Grow Act, 2005 to help manage and shape our growing communities, and includes new
subway extensions and dedicated rapidway lanes for Viva vehicles.
SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Office of Mayor Rob Ford
City of Toronto
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
York Region Rapid Transit Corporation
City of Toronto
Corporate Communications Supervisor
Toronto Transit Commission
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