Metrolinx issues statement on TTC's OneCity proposal

Metrolinx CEO & President Bruce McCuaig has issued a statement in response to this morning's OneCity transit proposal from the TTC to dramatically expand rapid transit in Toronto over the next 30 years. It reads as cautiously optimistic about the whole idea, though obviously doesn't make any unreserved endorsements. If you like the sound of the OneCity plan, though, this is just the type of response you'd be hoping for from the provincial transit agency.

Read the full statement below:

"Metrolinx, as the agency that leads all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, welcomes the TTC chair's proposal and its recognition of the need for transportation solutions.

Metrolinx views as a positive development the fact that this proposal recognizes new investment will be an important component of any successful expansion of transit infrastructure. We also welcome its recognition of the need for the federal government to be an equal funding partner.

Metrolinx recognizes the need for new local transit infrastructure to complement The Big Move, our planned regional system, and so we are encouraged that Toronto is addressing its local needs.

I look forward to a better understanding of this proposal. Metrolinx will be interested in how this proposal complements the broader regional network and aligns with The Big Move. We have $16 billion worth of projects underway with shovels in the ground, so it's important for us to coordinate as we move forward.

Together, we have an opportunity to make our transportation system one of the reasons why people and industry continue to make the GTHA their choice for locating their families and businesses."

Correction notice: An earlier version of Metrolinx's statement cited $18 billion worth of transit projects currently underway, when that number is actually $16 billion.

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