$150 million Ontario cash for Relief Line on Yonge Subway route

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Planning and design work  for the proposed Relief Line to help manage congestion on the Yonge Subway line is getting support from the Ontario government.

As part of Moving Ontario Forward scheme, the province is supporting plans for route and station locations for the proposed line, it was stated on Wednesday.

Ontario’s transit agency Metrolinx will be receiving more than $150 million to work with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) on advancing the planning and design work that will ensure the proposed line is shovel ready, making it easier for people to travel around the Greater Toronto Area.  The City of Toronto expects to complete its Relief Line Project Assessment Study in 2016.

“Under our Moving Ontario Forward plan, we’re working to ensure the Relief Line is well-designed and best connects people to school, families, and jobs. This is further proof of our government’s commitment to provide accessible, modern transit infrastructure that is reducing commute times and improving the quality of life for Ontarians, ” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.

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Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

Expanding and creating new transit projects is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs, the statement said. – CINEWS

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