18 Dec Toronto-Ontario Transit Partnership Agreement
The basic principles/parameters and conditions underlying the partnership were originally defined in two letters that the province sent to the city on October 9 and 10, 2019. On October 29, 2019, Toronto City Council confirmed its direction as part of the partnership, as outlined in the City`s Employees Report, “EX9.1 Toronto-Ontario Transit Update.” As a result, The City Council authorized the City Manager and all other municipal officials involved to negotiate, enter into and execute an agreement with the province and/or other provincial authorities involved, in accordance with the terms of execution in an appointment sheet attached as “Annex 6” to the city`s staff report, “EX9.1 Toronto-Ontario Transit Update.” As noted in the Municipal Officers` Report, Schedule 6 reflects the underlying principles or parameters set out in the province`s aforementioned letters. “Nearly a decade ago, in 2011, some Leslieville residents may have rolled their eyes when they heard former City Councilman Doug Ford and his brother, the late Mayor Rob Ford, chant “subways, subways, subways” as they pushed on underground transportation rather than on surface-lit streetcar lines in Scarborough. TORONTO — The city and province have officially signed a preliminary agreement that will pave the way for a nearly $30 billion transit expansion plan. “People want us to continue with the construction of a new transit in Toronto and the modernization of our existing transit system,” said Mayor Tory. “As Mayor, I am committed to working with council members, city staff, the Ontario government and the Government of Canada to accelerate these transit projects and improve our existing transit system. That is what the city, the countryside and the Alliance should do, people want transit, and they want us to find ways to speed up transit construction so that it is built as quickly as possible. Once the construction of these four priority provincial rapid transit projects is completed, the TTC will be responsible for both the operation and the existing transit system. Ontario and the City will also develop operating and maintenance agreements to outline the specific roles and responsibilities of both parties for the four provincial projects, including rate box revenues. For two projects that exceed city boundaries, the province will negotiate with York and Peel regions and local municipalities to ensure that neighbouring local partners are involved in operating costs.
As part of the plan, the city will re-release its share of the funds allocated to these projects to modernize its existing transit infrastructure or use the money to support other projects. The proposal also distributes nearly $3.8 billion in federal infrastructure funds that Toronto has already received. A city staff report indicates that $660 million of funding would support the Line 2 project, while City will also provide US$3.16 billion to the Ontario Line. “… There is no question that providing rapid transit to low-income immigrant communities in Thorncliffe and Flemingdon is a major advantage of the Ontario Line.