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Leary. "The TTC is well advanced
on those projects, with the intent
of putting RFPs on the street in
the near future. We are now assessing the province's proposals,
to see where the direction will go."
That's not all that Leary has
to contend with. Premier Ford's
"Getting Ontario Moving Act"
- which was introduced in the
Ontario Legislature on May 1,
2019 - wrests the power to select
and execute subway expansions
away from the city of Toronto (the
TTC's owner) and gives this power to the provincial government.
The government has also said
it plans to transfer the TTC's existing subway system and rolling
stock to the province; leaving the
TTC to run it and collect fares,
plus retain ownership of its buses, streetcars and light-rail transit
(LRT) trains next year.
It isn't clear yet how Premier
Ford's takeover of the TTC's
expansion projects and existing subway system/trains will
play out in practice. That's the
new problem facing Rick Leary,
who was busy remedying the
old problems of congestion and
aging infrastructure before Ford
announced his plans.
"We need to know more about
what this entails going forward,"
Leary said. "There's a lot of details
to go over."

What Has Changed

The changes imposed by Premier Ford's mass transit plan,
which hearkens back to ideas he
espoused while in Toronto municipal politics, affect four major Toronto-area projects. Three of these
- the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE), the Relief
Line and the Scarborough Subway
Extension - are being built by the
TTC. The fourth, the Eglinton
Crosstown LRT (light-rail transit)
Eglinton West extension, is being
built by the provincial transportation agency Metrolinx with the
equipment and stations to be operated by the TTC.

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Metrolinx Plans to Triple Ridership by 2031
Metrolinx, the Ontario
government agency that
runs southern Ontario's
GO Transit train/bus
commuter network,
plans to triple ridership on
its system over the next 15
years. That's right: Under
an ambitious publicprivate partnership (P3)
contract that the agency
opened up to bidders,
at the end of May 2031,
GO Transit will boost its
ridership from "about
60 million per year now
to about 180 million-,"
said Metrolinx President/
CEO Phil Verster.
Most of the growth will
come from running 2.5
times as many trains on
the existing GO Transit rail
network as are being run
today. As well, Metrolinx
plans to extend three of
its rail line services and
make other changes to
bring more commuters
and tourists onto its
trains. Much of the
expansion will be aimed
at the southwestern
city of Kitchener, which
Verster describes as a
growing "tech hub."
"This is hugely exciting
for us," Verster told Mass
Transit magazine. "What's
very special about this
project is that it will be
by far the biggest project
in North America in
terms of funded value."
The Metrolinx plan -
which had yet to have a
dollar value assigned to
it when this story was
written - is being driven
by population growth in
the Greater Toronto Area
(GTA and surrounding
southern Ontario
communities). According
to Verster, GO Transit's
ridership is growing by
7.2 percent annually.

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Metrolinx is providing
private-sector P3 bidders
with 15 months to submit
their proposals and hopes
to award the P3 contract
in 2021. Upgraded
services would start to
be rolled out by 2026.
Under the P3 plan, the
successful bidder will
fund and construct the
expanded GO Transit
system - including
specifying and acquiring
new engines/rolling stock
- and have a 35-year
maintenance contract to
run the expanded service
on Metrolinx's behalf.
They will be paid by
Metrolinx through public
funding and fares earned
on the supercharged
transit system.
In putting the GO Transit
P3 contract out for
bidding, Verster was clear
that Metrolinx is open
to all kinds of creative
proposals. This includes
using a mix of electric
and diesel locomotives
on the expanded system
(allowing GO Transit
to run on Canadian
National and Canadian
Pacific freight rail lines if
need be), implementing
hydrogen fuel cellpowered engines if this

makes sense over the long
term, and using whatever
rolling stock fits best with
each bidder's proposal.
In allowing this amount
of freedom, Metrolinx is
encouraging P3 bidders
to be innovative, and to
triple ridership through
operational changes
and construction
expansion, rather than
just construction alone.
"When you have an
operational focus,
you can optimize your
infrastructure choices and
you can achieve the same
capacity as you would
have done just by making
a capital investment in
itself," said Verster.
Metrolinx's ambitious GO
Transit expansion comes
as Premier Ford moves
to transfer responsibility
for the TTC's expansion
plans from the city of
Toronto to the province
of Ontario. Asked if this
transfer will see Metrolinx
taking charge of building
the Toronto-York Spadina
Subway Extension,
the Relief Line and the
Scarborough Subway
Extension - plus its own
Eglinton Crosstown LRT
Eglinton West extension -
Verster replied, "absolutely."

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