September 18, 2003
“These funds will allow us to move forward with a long-term plan for rapid transit in the region,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. “Our task now lies in convincing senior levels of government to move forward with us to create a fully-comprehensive and sustainable rapid transit system.”
The funding was announced as part of the newly amended York Region Rapid Transit Business Plan for Phase 2 of its rapid transit system. Phase 2 is scheduled to take place between 2005 and 2010. It includes full bus rapid transit (BRT) implementation in key corridors, with design standards that can be converted to light rail transit (LRT) when warranted.
Phase 1, also known as Quick Start, is already underway. It includes the initial implementation of BRT along Highway 7 and
Submissions will be made to the Federal Government’s Canada Strategic Infrastructure fund and the Province’s SuperBuild fund for support.
The YRTP is focused on providing rapid transit along four major corridors connecting four regional centres. They are:
Costs for full implementation of the YRTP range from $2.4 billion and $4.1 billion over the next 30 years, depending on the choice of technologies and the extent of system facilities.
For more information on the YRTP, please visit www.yorkinmotion.com
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