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Toronto - August 2007
   

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Toronto — Streetcar Planning Starts 

Rail Transit Online, August 2007

TTC staff has been given the go-ahead to start designing the seven new streetcar lines included in Toronto’s proposed C$6-billion Transit City program.  A new compressed environmental and public consultations process could allow construction on the first route, either the Etobicoke-Finch West line or the Sheppard East project, to start in 2009; preliminary studies on both have been finished.  Revenue service on the initial segment could begin by late 2011 or early 2012.  Work on the 19-mi. (30.5 km) Eglinton-Crosstown line from Kennedy station to the airport could also commence in about two years.  “Eglinton is going to take a number of years,” TTC chairman Adam Giambrone told The Toronto Star.  “We're going to build an underground section about the same length as the Sheppard subway, which is five kilometers.”  Two-thirds of the funding for Transit City is to be provided by the Ontario provincial government and the remainder from the federal government, although the latter has yet to be confirmed and the former won’t actually be available until after the provincial election in October.  Also not approved is C$400 million for two maintenance bases needed to service 260 new light rail vehicles that would be ordered for the new lines. 

 

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