The Provincial Takeover of Subway Planning in Toronto Underway
"The provincial government is planning to shelve existing plans for the Relief Line subway and build a subway spanning Ontario Place to the Ontario Science Centre — and it claims it can build the much longer line years earlier than the current plan," reports Ben Spurr in an article that might be behind a paywall for some readers.
"The replacement for the Relief Line, which the province is dubbing the 'Ontario Line' and estimates would cost $10.9 billion, formed the centrepiece of transit plans announced by Premier Doug Ford [on April 10, 2019]," adds Spurr.
Premier Ford also offered information via Twitter:
We are building a transit network for the 21st century. Today we announced four rapid transit projects:
Scarborough Subway Extension
Yonge North Subway Extension
Eglinton Crosstown West Extension
All-new Ontario Line
This is our plan — our priority to get you moving. pic.twitter.com/DJKJ82kPYk
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) April 10, 2019
The announcement is a component of an ongoing plan by the Ford administration for the province to wrest control of the TTC subway network away from the city, despite the best efforts of local officials to reform the city's approach to public transit.
More potentially paywalled coverage is available from Jennifer Pagliaro.