The province is moving ahead with the $1.2 billion Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, which will link Humber College’s north campus to the new Toronto-York Spadina subway extension.
According to the province, 11 new kilometres of rapid transit will be built along Finch Avenue West. It will begin at the new Finch West subway station near York University, and end at Humber North.
“This project is shovel-ready,” said Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca at the announcement, which was held at the Humber campus. “It’s a happy day for Toronto.”
The Finch West LRT will link people to opportunity and opportunity to people, said Toronto Mayor John Tory, who joined Del Duca at the announcement.
Tory also stressed that the project would not eliminate any of the current lanes of traffic on Finch Avenue.
Construction is targeted to begin in spring 2016, and is expected to be complete by 2021.
The line will have 18 surface stops along its route, and will provider connections to Mississauga and Brampton transit at Humber.
The government is estimating ridership at 2,250 passengers per hour by 2031.
Del Duca was joined by other dignitaries, including Humber President Chris Whitaker and Etobicoke North MPP Shafiq Qaadri, at the announcement.