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York Region looking to extend Yonge subway Richmond Hill

CityNews | posted Thursday, Mar 3rd, 2016


While the Scarborough subway extension continues to dominate transit talk in Toronto, politicians in York Region are reportedly pitching their own expansion plan.

The Toronto Star reports 16 York Region mayors, councillors and senior staff are lobbying to extend the Yonge subway line into Richmond Hill.

Work is already underway to extend Line 1 into Vaughan and up to York University.

The $4-billion proposal was pitched last week to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a meeting in Ottawa.

Region chair Wayne Emmerson told the Toronto Star the Yonge extension would add six new stops between Richmond Hill Centre and Finch Station and would take about 10 years to build. Currently, around 2,500 buses service the stretch.

Toronto councillors have said the Yonge line can’t be extended until a downtown relief line is added to help reduce overcrowding.

No firm commitments were made at last week’s meeting, but Richmond Hill deputy mayor Vito Spatafora said it’s possible to start building the line on Yonge by 2019.


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