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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.
December 22, 2017, 7am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Dupont Station, Toronto
Dupont Station serves Line 1, built on the Spadina extension and opened in 1978.

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."

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Published on Sunday, December 17, 2017 in The Toronto Star
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