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Expedited Transit Planning Process Passed Into Law in Ontario

The controversial subway plan announced by Ontario Premier Doug Ford in April 2020 now has legislative support in the form of a new law that expedites the planning, design, and construction process for transit projects in the province.
July 9, 2020, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Legislation that will expedite the planning, design and construction process of transit projects in the province of Ontario passed into law July 7," reports Mischa Wanek-Libman. 

The new law, officially titled Bill 171: Building Transit Faster Act, 2020, "enables the province to speed the process of building Ontario’s four priority transit projects: Ontario Line, the Yonge North Subway Extension to Markham and Richmond Hill, the three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension to Pearson airport," according to Wanek-Libman.

The law has the support of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, and "[t]he provincial government says the legislation supports Premier Ford's 'New Subway Transit Plan for the GTA' ― representing the largest subway expansion in Canadian history."

More information on how the legislation achieves its stated goals are included in the source article.

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Published on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in Mass Transit
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