Toronto's Transit Plan
On March 31, 2011, Premier Dalton McGuinty, Mayor Rob Ford and Minister of Transportation Kathleen Wynne announced a new transit plan for Toronto. As part of the new plan, Metrolinx will fund construction of The Crosstown, a 19-kilometre, light rail transit line. Running along Eglinton Avenue, the transit line will connect west to east from Jane Street/Black Creek Drive to Kennedy Station. Ten kilometres will be tunnelled underground between Keele Street and Laird Drive and will continue east on an at-grade right-of-way separated from traffic to Kennedy Station, where it will join with a converted Scarborough RT line on an elevated structure.
The Crosstown project implementation plan, still in development will determine the complete construction schedule. The goal is to complete the entire Crosstown project as close to 2020 as possible.
The Crosstown is one of four new light rail transit lines being built in Toronto. The Toronto LRT Plan is an $8.4 billion investment by the Government of Ontario and includes:
- The Eglinton Crosstown LRT will be complete by 2020.
- The Scarborough RT will be complete by 2020.
- The Finch West LRT will be complete by 2020.
- The Sheppard East LRT will be complete by 2021.