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March 30, 2004
Renewing the Toronto Transit Commission - Governments invest $1 Billion
  
The following news release and backgrounder are being distributed jointly by
the federal, provincial and municipal governments.

TORONTO (Ontario), March 30, 2004 - The Governments of Canada and Ontario and
the City of Toronto today announced a $1 billion funding package representing
the largest ever joint federal-provincial investment in municipal transit.
This agreement will average $70 million per year from each government over five
years to improve, modernize and expand the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
system and help provide better transit service to the TTC's 1.3 million daily
riders.

The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Prime Minister of Canada together with
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Toronto Mayor David Miller, made this
announcement on the 50th anniversary of the TTC's first subway.

The governments will work together to modernize and expand bus, streetcar and
subway services through the acquisition of new vehicles and through
improvements such as dedicated transit rights-of-way, transit priority
measures, and subway improvements. The partnership will also include
investments in new technologies to support the TTC's transition to new, lower
emission buses and the TTC's participation in an integrated fare system for all
GTA transit users.

"This is the New Deal in action," said Prime Minister Martin. "This partnership
reflects a new spirit between the three levels of government, and proves that
together we will make a major impact on transit in Toronto."

"By strengthening the communities in which we live, we can provide our people
with a quality of life that is second to none," Premier McGuinty said.
"Governments are working together to deliver real, positive change in Toronto,
and across the province. Today's announcement is just part of a new
federal-provincial plan to improve Ontario's infrastructure."

"The commitments made today are a good first step in securing the funding for
Toronto's transit system that keeps our city moving," said Mayor Miller.
"Maintaining the transit system in a state of good repair, and increasing
ridership requires the ongoing contributions of all levels of government. I
look forward to many more announcements like the one we have made together
today."

The joint $1 billion investment will support increased transit ridership
through improvements in capacity, speed, comfort, convenience and reliability,
while also improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Government of Canada's contribution will come from the Canada Strategic
Infrastructure Fund. It significantly enhances a $76-million infrastructure
investment, made in 2002, for improvements to the TTC's transit system.

The Government of Ontario has invested more than $126 million in the Toronto
Transit Commission for safety and capital improvements since October 2003 to
build a better transportation network that will reduce commute time and
gridlock and improve air quality.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca
http://www.tc.gc.ca
http://www.premier.gov.on.ca
http://www.pir.gov.on.ca
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca
http://www.toronto.ca

For more information please contact:
PMO Press Office
613-957-5555

Premier's Media Office
416-314-8975

Andrea Addario
Office of Mayor David Miller
416-338-7119

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Toronto Transit Commission
Backgrounder

Improvements to the streetcar, subway and bus systems in Toronto

The Governments of Canada, Ontario and the City of Toronto have announced a
total contribution of $1.05 billion for improvements and expansion of the
Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC) system. Each level of government will
invest $350 million towards this project. All elements of the project
announced today are consistent with the City of Toronto's latest Official Plan,
which sets out a blueprint for a sustainable growth strategy. The Plan
includes possible measures to reduce citizens' use of cars and reduce traffic
congestion.

The funding announced today will go towards the following project components:

Modernize Canada's First Subway ($388 million)
· Purchase of subway cars to increase service for commuters
· Environmental assessment for subway expansion
· Station improvements to improve access
· Undertaking subway infrastructure improvements.

Save the Streetcar ($132 million)
· Extending the life of Canadian Light Rail Vehicles (CLRV) and track
rehabilitation
· Undertaking streetcar infrastructure improvements.

Integrated bus network ($391 million)
· Purchasing hybrid or alternatively powered (green) buses
· Expansion of bus rapid transit on Yonge Street from Finch Station to Steeles
Avenue
· Expansion of bus rapid transit between Spadina Subway Station to York
University (Steeles Avenue) to improve service for commuters.

Integrated ticketing system ($140 million)
· TTC's portion of an integrated ticketing system for the Greater Toronto Area
transit systems that will allow travellers to move more seamlessly from one
transit system to another.

In support of these investments the City of Toronto and the TTC have committed
to implement several supportive transit measures, including:

1. Starting in 2006, at least 66% of the TTC's bus purchases will be hybrid or
alternatively powered (green) buses, subject to a technical review prior to its
2006 bus purchase order.

2. The City of Toronto, in addition to developing and implementing a five-year
transit demand management (TDM) strategy, will implement TDM policies outlined
in its November 2002 City Official Plan including:

- Increasing transit priority throughout the city by giving buses and
streetcars priority at signalized intersections and by introducing other
priority measures on selected bus and streetcar routes.

- Improving transit access to the downtown core while discouraging the
expansion of automobile commuting.

- Giving consideration to the development, retention and replacement of
commuter parking spaces for sites in areas well serviced by transit.

3. The TTC, with the support of the City of Toronto, will undertake the
following complementary capital projects:

a. Traffic signal priority expansion project targeted at accelerating the
installation of transit signal priority equipment by 50%.

b. Reserved transit lanes and separate rights-of-way to encourage transit use
across TTC's network.

TTC Statistics

· The TTC carries 1.3 million passengers daily.

· The TTC carries 80% of transit trips in the Greater Toronto Area and is the
hub of the inter-regional transit network.

· The streetcar is the TTC's most heavily used surface transit mode with
270,000 passengers daily.

· The TTC's streetcar system provides 11.7 million km of service each year.

· One subway line in Toronto takes 53,000 automobiles per hour off the road
during rush hour.

· The TTC carries the equivalent of 365 million automotive trips annually,
helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 megatonnes per year.

Sources of Funding

Through the $4-billion Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF), the
Government of Canada works with provincial, territorial and municipal
governments, as well as with the private sector, to meet strategic
infrastructure needs throughout the country. The CSIF supports large-scale
strategic infrastructure projects that improve quality of life and further
sustainable growth. The Fund also supports the Government of Canada's "New
Deal for Communities", through which the government aims to become a world
leader in developing vibrant, creative and prosperous cities and communities.
Since 1994, the Government of Canada has invested $12 billion to over 20,000
infrastructure projects in Canada's communities. This has helped leverage over
$30 billion from all partners.

Federal Infrastructure Funding for the Toronto Area

Since 2000, the Government of Canada has provided over $200 million to 29
Toronto-area infrastructure projects, including an earlier $76 million for the
TTC as well as partnership investments in Toronto's cultural infrastructure.
In 2003, the Government of Canada announced investments worth $435 million for
improvements to the GO Transit network and the York Region Transit Plan, as
well as $25 million for the Toronto Opera House. These investments are being
made through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund. Toronto-area
businesses will also benefit from investments worth over $297.8 million from
the Border Infrastructure Fund that will improve cross-border traffic flow and
expand the capacity of existing roadways near many southern Ontario border
crossings.

Provincial Infrastructure Funding for the Toronto Area

The Government of Ontario has invested more than $126 million to the Toronto
Transit Commission for safety and capital improvements since October 2003.

To tackle the growing problem of traffic congestion, the province is investing
$142 million in 2003/04 to improve and expand the provincial highway network
across Toronto and the GTA.

Ontario is also making important infrastructure investments in Toronto
hospitals, universities and colleges, cultural facilities, and courthouses. The
province has committed $511 million for projects recently completed or underway
to build and modernize Toronto's post-secondary institutions, including major
projects at the University of Toronto, York University, and Seneca College.
Other investments, such as the government's $20 million support for the Medical
and Related Sciences (MaRS) project in downtown Toronto, will assist the city
in becoming a centre for innovation and commercialization in the biotechnology
sector.

In addition, the province is providing $146 million in financial and equivalent
support to the development or expansion of important Toronto cultural, tourism
and sports facilities such as Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario,
National Ballet School, Canadian Opera Company, George R. Gardiner Museum of
Ceramic Art, Royal Conservatory of Music and Roy Thomson Hall.

As well, Ontario, together with the Government of Canada and the City of
Toronto, announced a total investment of $1.5 billion in Toronto's waterfront
redevelopment ($500 million each). The provincial government's contribution
toward the waterfront initiative in 2003/04 was $13.3 million.



 

 

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