Spadina Subway Extension

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Ranking for 2013: 13

Industry Sector: Transit

Specific Sector: Subway

Range: $1 billion - $5 billion

Project Value: $3,180,000,000

Federal: FLOW program: $697 million ($622 million from Building Canada Fund and $75 million from Public Transit Capital Trust)

Provincial: Move Ontario Trust ($974 million in trust fund, plus interest gathered by the trust): $1.055 billion

Municipal: $878 million

Government Funds Involved: N/A

Funding Source: Public

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2017


This addition will provide a critical extension for the existing TTC subway system across the municipal boundarybetween Torontoandthe Regional Municipality of York. This is the largest subway expansion project ever to be undertaken by the TTC since the Bloor-Danforth subway line was built 40 years ago.

The 8.6-kilometre extension to the existing Spadina line will include six new stations: Sheppard West, Finch West, York University, Pioneer Village at North West Gate and Steeles Avenue, Highway 407, and the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. The first of four tunnel- boring machines for the extension was launched in June 2011. Construction work on the Highway 407 station is progressing well, with the south tunnel having been completed and construction of the north tunnel soon to commence. Project completion is expected in 2017.

The project cost was revised to $3.18 billion. The federal and provincial contributions did not change, but the municipal contributions now stand at $907 million from the City of Toronto and $606 million from York Region.

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