Scarpitti issues statement on TO Transit priorities.
(Photo Credit: Courtesy Rene Johnston / Toronto Star file photo)
Markham: January 17, 2019:
Today Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti released a statement regarding Toronto Mayor John Tory announcement on moving forward on construction and early completion of the downtown relief line.
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti: Full speed ahead for Yonge Subway Extension and Downtown Relief Line
I agree with Mayor John Tory on the need to start building rapid transit and look at all options to speed up the process. The Yonge Subway Extension and the Downtown Relief line are both priority projects. However, if one project becomes delayed due to complications, that should not stop the other from moving forward. Congestion does not stop north of Steeles Avenue.
As Chair of the York Region Transit Corporation, I believe delays caused by never-ending jurisdictional issues must stop, we have to set aside any political boundaries and work together using evidence-based planning. I have supported other transit investments in the GTA, including the Relief Line but we should not be quick to dismiss the Yonge Subway Extension as a critical rapid transit project.
The Eglinton Crosstown, new transit improvements such as Automatic Train Control, increased train service, Smart Track, Regional Express Rail and improved signals, will all help create capacity and reduce overcrowding along the Yonge Line.
We are working to advance the preliminary design and engineering phase of the Yonge Subway Extension. Overnight geophysical surveying work has started along Yonge Street from Finch Avenue in Toronto to Highway 7 in Richmond Hill.
Premier Ford has committed to creating a regional transportation system and proposed to upload the responsibility for building new and existing subway lines to the province. I support the Province’s proposal to upload, if it means we will finally get shovels in the ground for the Yonge Subway Extension.
A world-class transit network does not belong to one city. We need transit investment that deals with the demands of today while meeting future growth.
- The five-stop extension to Highway 7 will virtually eliminate 2500 daily bus trips along the busy Yonge Street Corridor
- York Region is Canada’s fastest growing large municipality and is home to nearly 1.2 million people; expected to reach 1.8 million by 2041.
- With more than 50,000 businesses and 600,000 jobs, York Region is the second largest employment zone in Ontario.
More than 150,000 people commute to work in York Region every day