The construction of the long awaited Scarborough Subway Extension is finally underway as the Ontario government broke ground on the project Wednesday.
A release from Premier Doug Ford’s office calls the project the “largest subway expansion in Canadian history.” The extension runs 7.8 kilometres and will have three stops at Lawrence Avenue and McCowan Road, Scarborough Centre and Sheppard Avenue and McCowan Road.
“For far too many decades, the people of Scarborough have waited for better transit. Today, our government is getting shovels in the ground and delivering on our election promise to bring fast, convenient subway service into Scarborough,” said Ford in the release.
Preparatory work is now complete and tunnel boring is expected to begin next year.
The government says the project will create 3,000 jobs annually during construction. It is expected to provide about 38,000 people with walking distance access to rapid transit and 105,000 daily boardings are expected by 2041.
“We are getting on with getting transit built in Scarborough,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “This delivers on a commitment made by the City, provincial and federal governments to the residents of Scarborough.”
In April, the Ford government put forth a $28.5-billion transit plan to build the Scarborough extension and the Ontario line and asked the federal government to help fund it. The following month, the federal government announced a $12-billion funding plan to helping Ontario fund four major subway projects in the GTA and a rapid transit project in Hamilton.