One small step forward

Ontario’s provincial government announced today that it will be releasing the RFPs for the Scarborough Subway Extension and Eglinton Crosstown West Extension this week.

Combined, these two projects represent 17km of new subway and LRT rail infrastructure in Toronto, most of it underground.

At the announcement, Associate Transportation Minister Kinga Surma noted that her government “continue[s] to jointly call on the federal government to provide its fair share– funding at least 40 per cent of our four nationally significant subway projects. Formalizing this funding partnership with the federal government remains a top priority.”

I’ll be following this closely. As I’ve written before, more than just discussing how to pay for these projects, we should be thinking very deeply about how to pay less for these projects.