Building Transit Faster Act (Bill 171) - Passed into law.Published on July 09, 2020
Each year we lose billions of dollars due to gridlock. The government has moved on this challenge with legislation that will finally put an end to this problem and provide necessary relief for commuters.
All levels of government support this plan and recognize the increasing demand for safe and reliable transportation options.
The introduction of this new legislation, now passed, gives the province the tools needed to make sure that the four priority transit projects — the brand-new Ontario Line, the Yonge North Subway Extension, the three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension, and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension are built on time.
This legislation supports Premier Ford’s “New Subway Plan for the GTA” – representing the largest subway expansion in Canadian history – as part of the government’s promise to build a modern, reliable, and sustainable transit system that will get people to where they want to go, reduce congestion, and drive economic growth and job creation.
Last Fall, Toronto City Council endorsed the province's subway plan with an overwhelming vote of 22-3. In addition, only one member of council voted against a motion to accelerate the delivery of transit expansion in Toronto.
The Ontario Line will help many:
- Commuters who have waited long enough;
- Less-privileged communities;
- Hardworking people travelling to work, students going to school; and
- The millions who rely on transit everyday.
Expanded transit creates thousands of sustainable jobs for the future – and it will spark investment in the city.
The Ontario Line will get people out of cars and onto public transit – and help the environment by reducing GHG emissions.
This subway plan is bold; this legislation aims to help achieve our plan is reasonable.
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