VAUGHAN, ON, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Today at the site of the future
Highway 407 Station, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour and
Member of Parliament for Halton; the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier
of Ontario; the Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of
Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure; His Worship Rob Ford,
Mayor of Toronto; Bill Fisch, Chairman and CEO of The Regional
Municipality of York; His Worship Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor of the
City of Vaughan and Karen Stintz, Toronto Transit Commission Chair
together launched the next stage of tunnel construction for the
Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE).
This stage of construction will see two tunnel boring machines (TBMs)
"Yorkie" and "Torkie" create twin tunnels linking the site of the
future Highway 407 Station to the Steeles West Station site.
"Our Government has made significant investments to reduce gridlock, cut
commute times and make public transit more convenient for commuters,"
said Minister Raitt. "This is the kind of smart urban transportation
that will improve air quality, create good local jobs and long-term
economic growth in the GTA."
"The new Ontario government is working with all its partners to build a
stronger province that will create good jobs and strong, healthy
communities through projects like the Toronto-York Spadina Subway
Extension," said Premier Wynne. "We are making it easier for people to
get to work and home again, no matter where they live."
"This subway extension - the first to cross our City's border - will
provide transportation options for hundreds of thousands of daily
commuters, reduce gridlock on our roads, improve travel times and
create better productivity for businesses in the Toronto area," said
"The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension will provide an important
transit connection into York Region and the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre
and help create a seamless transit network across the Greater Toronto
and Hamilton Area," said Chairman Fisch. "When completed, this subway
line will help manage traffic congestion and ease commute times for all
The TBMs will bore a little more than one kilometre of twin subway
tunnels at a rate of approximately 15 metres a day, southeast from this
launch location to an extraction site. "Holey," "Moley," "Yorkie" and
"Torkie" are the official names of the four TBMs that are being used to
build the tunnels for the TYSSE.
The TYSSE project is an 8.6-kilometre extension of the Toronto Transit
Commission's (TTC) 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 subway stations, including
one at York University and three new commuter parking lots. The subway
expansion will bring the line into York Region.
The TYSSE project will improve transit service by supporting a reliable
multi-modal transportation network that is integrated with other
transit systems within the GTA. This initiative will promote economic
growth, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by helping take cars off the
road, and reduce travel times for commuters.
The TYSSE is expected to be completed by fall 2016 and will generate
thousands of jobs from construction.
The Government of Canada has committed up to $697 million to the
project, $622 million through its Building Canada Fund. The remaining
$75 million has already been transferred to the project under the
Public Transit Capital Trust 2006.
The Province of Ontario has provided $870 million towards the TYSSE
project through the Move Ontario Trust. The City of Toronto is
contributing $526 million to the project and The Regional Municipality
of York is contributing $352 million. The TTC is the project manager
for the extension.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Special Assistant - Communications
Office of Mayor Rob Ford
Premier of Ontario
Media office line
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
York Region Rapid Transit Corporation
City of Toronto
Corporate Communications Supervisor
Toronto Transit Commission
Video footage of the tunnelling breakthrough and still shots are available through TTC - call 416-393-3898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find up-to-date information about the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) at spadina.ttc.ca.
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