Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Toronto subway extension faces delay

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A Toronto Transit Commission report prepared Oct. 10, scheduled to be released Wednesday during a TTC meeting, says the TTC's Toronto-York Spadina subway extension will be completed about one year behind schedule, moving the opening date back to roughly autumn, 2016.

The delay, reported by CityNews Toronto on Tuesday, is attributed in part to the death of a TTC worker in October 2011, when a drilling rig collapses at a TTC construction site near York University in Toronto.

The six-station, 8.6-kilometer (5.3-mile) extension, which will serve York University, will run from Downsview station to the Vaughan Corporate Centre near Highway 7 and Millway Avenue, in Toronto's northwestern neighborhoods.

The C$2.6 billion project is supported by federal funds of $696 million and Ontario provincial funding of C$870 million. Toronto and York Region are providing C$878 million.

The TTC in-house report recommends TTC forward the report to numerous city, provincial and other groups. It also observes, "There are no funding implications arising from this report."