Ontario Advancing Contract for Yonge North Subway Extension

Manjit Sing

Province connecting people to jobs and fighting gridlock in the Greater Toronto Area

On the Yonge North Subway Extension, the Ontario government is one step closer to putting shovels in the ground. The province’s plan to speed up and simplify travel between York Region and Toronto, connect people to jobs, and reduce gridlock reached a significant milestone today with the release of an RFQ for the Advance Tunnel Contract.

Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney stated, “The Yonge North Subway Extension is a critical project for York Region that will provide much-needed access to reliable public transit and connect more people to major employment centers in Markham, Vaughan, and Richmond Hill.” We are delivering on our plan to build a strong Ontario, and together with our partners in Ottawa, York Region, and the City of Toronto, we are demonstrating real progress toward making this project a reality.

The Advance Tunnel Contract includes the design of the tunnels as well as the construction of the launch and extraction shafts that the tunnel boring machines will use. It also includes the design and construction of emergency exit buildings and headwalls for stations. Tunneling will begin first, followed by a separate contract to construct the stations, rail, and systems in order to deliver the new subway as quickly as possible.

On behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure, and Communities, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion, and International Trade, stated, “Partnerships are key to delivering major projects like the Yonge North Subway Extension.” Our Administration will keep on working cooperatively with the Public authority of Ontario to get travel inherent the GTA and across the area.”

At Finch Station, workers are making improvements to accommodate the upcoming subway service as early work on the Yonge North Subway Extension continues. The approximately eight-kilometer extension will speed up transit to more communities in York Region and Toronto, accommodate over 90,000 daily trips, and connect more people to jobs.

Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO of York Region, stated, “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Province of Ontario to take additional steps to move this project forward.” “The Yonge North Subway Extension remains the top transportation priority for York Regional Council.” A venture of this extent has broad advantages for nearby positions, the economy, climate and voyagers. The Ontario government’s pledge to get shovels in the ground on this crucial project and support the growth of our communities now and in the future is welcomed by York Region.

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