A transit funding announcement was made on Monday which would include a Bloor- Yonge Station Capacity Improvement Project and a SmartTrack project, according to the federal government. The Government of Canada would be investing about $1 billion to these two projects. The Bloor Yonge station is one of the busiest subway stations in the Toronto Transit Commission network and chronically-claustrophobic subway station will get a breather after completion of the project. On weekdays, more than 200,000 passengers travel through this station.
With the project, the passengers will be able to enjoy enhanced safety as an additional platform would be constructed at Line 2 Yonge Station and modifications would be made to Line 1 Bloor Station, along with the construction of a new electrical substation.
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The SmartTrack Stations Program will focus on constructing six new stations on the Stouffville, Lakeshore east, Kitchener GO rail corridors. The project will provide a good leverage to the existing rail infrastructure in Toronto’s GO rail Expansion program and it would increase the local service and expand transit options for commuters travelling in and out of Toronto.
The Mayor opined that it was important for all three levels of government to join hands for the improvement of the transit system. The Bloor- Yonge project would also figure in lone term growth and would be critical to accommodate long term TTC ridership growth on Line 1 Yonge- University and Line 2 Bloor- Danforth. The expansion will improve one of the busiest transit points in the entire North America. The six approved SmartTrack stations of the city are King- Liberty, At.Clair- Old Weston, East Harbour, Gerrard- Carlaw, Lawrence- Kennedy and Finch Kennedy. The federal minister of infrastructure and communities, alongside federal, provincial and civic politicians, made this announcement at Scarborough.
The Bloor Yonge Station stays choc-a-bloc with commuters heading south to the financial district of the city. The Line 1 is used by about 730,000 commuters and the money would go towards easing their problems and improving the transit infrastructure of Toronto. The need for expansion is quite immediate and the city was determined to do the needful.
Moreover, with GTA expected to hit a population of 10 million by 2041, it is the transit system which badly needed an upliftment.
The infrastructure minister of Ontario opined that critical transit projects like these would make a real difference in people’s lives and they would have to spend less time on commute. Travellers would spend more time at home with their families and travel much more safely. This is a 12 year infrastructure planned the funds would be pooled from the government’s 180 billion dollars fund for infrastructural development.