Objective: An affordable expansion program that matches capacity to demand. 

Core Strategy 5

Expand the System to Meet Future Demand


Chief Capital Officer

Overview of deliverables:

Concept art of TTC station.We need to increase capacity to cope with ever-growing ridership. We will deliver on specific plans and develop an increasingly close working relationship with key partners such as Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario to expand our network.


How we will measure success:

  • Project delivery vs. plan
  • Capital spend vs. budget
  • Asset availability metrics

Key initiatives to deliver the growth objective:

Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension

The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project will extend the existing TTC subway system by 8.6 km into The Regional Municipality of York. Due to open in 2016, this will be the first TTC rapid transit line to cross the City of Toronto boundary.

Union Station Subway Platform and Concourse Improvements

Union Station is the busiest passenger transportation facility in Canada, serving approximately 250,000 passengers each day. The TTC will reduce overcrowding and improve passenger circulation by adding a second subway platform and expanding the concourse to include a single TTC fare-paid area and pedestrian by-pass routes.

The Union Station project is one of Waterfront Toronto’s priorities and the TTC has managed project planning, design and construction.

Second Exit and Easier Access Programs

We are committed to expanding the number of stations with second exits for evacuation, as well as the number of stations with elevators and barrier-free access to the TTC, something we are legally obligated to provide. Although expensive, station elevators are critically important for our customers who need them.

Downtown Relief Line

In the past six years in particular, the TTC has implemented a range of programs that have significantly increased overall transit use in the city. Capacity improvements to the existing rapid transit network are planned over the next several years. Expanding rapid transit capacity is critical to ensure the continued health and vitality of the downtown area.

The Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study will assess future rapid transit needs based on anticipated growth in the City of Toronto’s Official Plan. It will identify and assess potential rapid transit improvements into and within the downtown area of Toronto.

Station Modernization Program

Existing station upgrades at Pape and Dufferin stations are continuing and due for completion in 2013 and 2014 respectively. We will develop further modernization plans as funding permits.

LRT Lines (with Metrolinx)

On June 29, 2012, the Board of Directors of Metrolinx voted unanimously to proceed with the implementation of the Toronto Transit Plan as originally approved by Metrolinx on May 19, 2010. The plan consists of the following projects, with the following staging:

  • The Eglinton Crosstown LRT from Black Creek to Kennedy Station; work is underway and will be completed by 2020.
  • The Scarborough RT replacement and extension to Sheppard Avenue; work will begin in 2014 and be completed by 2020.
  • The Finch West LRT from the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension to Humber College; work will begin in 2015 and be completed by 2020.
  • The Sheppard East LRT from Don Mills Station to east of Morningside Avenue; work will begin in 2017 and be completed by 2021.

The TTC and City of Toronto will be important partners in the development and integration of these lines into the current transit network. The TTC will also operate these lines within existing operations, so our services will be fundamental to their success.

Station Signing

The signing and wayfinding systems on the TTC are a mix of different systems implemented over the life of the TTC subway. We will develop a strategy for a standard, fit-for-purpose wayfinding system to replace outdated signs. This will provide a common, consistent and useful new way for customers to find their way around the network.

Tunnel Ventilation Program

Existing plans are continuing and we will develop further plans as funding permits.

Concept art of TTC station