Criss-crossed TTC Future: Upcoming Projects
December 2017 was an exciting time for many York students. Other than the fact that another (subjectively) long break from school and work was about to begin, it also harkened the opening of the long-awaited TTC subway expansion to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. This historic move saw the first subway expansion opened in more than a decade, as well as the first project connecting Toronto to a neighboring region via subway line, making it easier for commuters from both downtown and Vaughan to reach York University. However, those travelling along east-west routes may find it a slight nuisance—even more so for those in other neighboring municipalities. There are many dream-like projects that are currently being assessed, or at least being designed on the city’s drawing board, but it might be best to discuss those with clearer timetables.
Anyone driving along Eglinton East is probably intimately aware of the work being done on the next major TTC project: the Eglinton Crosstown. Slated to open in 2021, this line will run 25 stations from Kennedy Station to Weston Road, and will connect 54 TTC bus routes and 3 TTC stations (Kennedy, Eglinton, and Cedarvale—this last connecting to the west side of the Yonge-University line).
Finch West LRT
In conjunction with the Eglinton move into rapid transit-starved Etobicoke, this 18-stop western stretch from Finch West station to Humber College’s North Campus is to begin construction in fall 2018 and expected to open by 2023.
Sheppard East LRT
Building from the 2002 Sheppard subway line, this extension is set to begin construction following the completion of Finch West. However, the relocation of $300 million originally earmarked for this project to the Finch expansion sometime around June last year, in addition to weak support from both the provincial and municipal governments may signal its impending cancellation. If continued, it would see 25 surface-level stops from Don Mills Station to Morningside Avenue.
As the Scarborough RT reaches the end of their 30 years of service and their natural lifespan, the replacement rapid transit plan is nearing the final stages of assessment. City Council had decided a one-stop subway extension connecting Kennedy Station to Scarborough Town Centre would be the best alternative to a rapidly aging artery, with its construction set to begin in 2019.
We all hope to see—and I certainly wish in our lifetime—a Toronto as well-integrated and serviced by intracity rapid transit as London or Seoul, but until then let’s look forward to what is being done.