Toronto Extends its Subway for the First Time in 15 Years

Fanfare, a full slate of politicians, and a day of free rides celebrated the opening of the extended Line 1 of the TTC subway system. There was also criticism of the new extension.

1 minute read

December 22, 2017, 7:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Dupont Station, Toronto

Dupont Station serves Line 1, built on the Spadina extension and opened in 1978. | DayOwl / Shutterstock

The Line 1 extension of the Toronto extension opened to the public on Sunday, December 17, connecting Toronto the city of Vaughan along 8.6 kilometers of new subway line.

"The new extension is the first expansion of Toronto’s subway system in 15 years," reports Miriam Katawazi. "Construction work on the extension began in February 2010 and was jointly funded by the federal government, Ontario, Toronto and York region." The extension adds six new stations. The Toronto Star created a timeline of the construction progress of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway system over the years.

In a separate article, Christopher Hume writes a scathing bit of commentary on the new subway extension, summed up thusly: "although the new subway fails to address the city's most pressing transit needs, its six stations sure are pretty."

Sunday, December 17, 2017 in The Toronto Star

Aerial view of snowy single-family homes in suburban Long Island, New York

New York Governor Advances Housing Plan Amid Stiff Suburban Opposition

Governor Kathy Hochul’s ambitious proposal to create more housing has once again run into a brick wall of opposition in New York’s enormous suburbs, especially on Long Island. This year, however, the wall may have some cracks.

March 20, 2023 - Mark H. McNulty

Large historic homes and white picket fences line a street.

The End of Single-Family Zoning in Arlington County, Virginia

Arlington County is the latest jurisdiction in the country to effectively end single-family zoning.

March 23, 2023 - The Washington Post

Dilapidated vacant wood slat house painted white in Louisiana

The Quiet Housing Crisis in Rural America

While housing shortages in major cities are grabbing headlines, rural communities are seeing higher rates of growth in housing prices and a silently spreading homelessness crisis.

March 20, 2023 - The Daily Yonder

Aerial view of desalination plant in Carlsbad, California

Federal Loan to Support San Diego Desalination Plant Overhaul

The financing will go toward funding an updated cooling system and ensuring the protection of local marine life.

March 28 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Buses in downtown Seattle on the dedicated 3rd Avenue bus lanes

Seattle Bus Lane Cameras Capture Over 100,000 Violations

An automated traffic enforcement pilot program caught drivers illegally using transit lanes more than 110,000 times in less than a year.

March 28 - Axios

People walking on the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain

The Joy of Walking

An essay meditating on the simple pleasures of a good walk.

March 28 - The New York Times

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

HUD’s 2023 Innovative Housing Showcase

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.