Frequently Asked Questions
Increase Your Knowledge About the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension
When will the subway start operation?
Service on the new extension is planned to start at the end of 2017. So you can expect to catch a train northbound from the existing Downsview Station all the way to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre at Highway 7 and Jane Street.
Will the new subway trains be on the extension?
The new Toronto Rocket trains will run on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway. TTC has replaced the entire Line 1 fleet with newer and more comfortable "Toronto Rocket" (TR) trains and will acquire additional TR trains for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension.
Will all the stations have commuter parking lots?
To encourage commuters to use the subway system, 2,900 parking spaces are planned for various stations. Commuter parking lots are planned at the Finch West station with 400 spaces, Pioneer Village station with 1,850 spaces, and Highway 407 station with 563 spaces. TTC will not have parking lots at Downsview Park Station, York University Station or Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station. Refer to the Spadina Subway Extension map to see the locations of the stations.
How often will trains run on the extension?
On opening day, trains will run every four to five minutes. As more people use the subway, trains will be added and become more frequent.
How long will it take to get from the current Downsview Station to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Station?
It will take approximately 14 minutes to travel from the current Downsview Station to the end of the line at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Station.
How will the subway extension be built?
The three main techniques used to build the subway extension are tunnel boring, "cut and cover" construction and sequential excavation method (SEM). SEM was used to build a Double Ended Pocket Track Housing Structure (DEPTHS) under the Finch Hydro corridor.
When will construction start?
Construction of the subway tunnels was completed in November 2013. Four tunnel boring machines, Holey, Moley and Yorkie, Torkie, drilled 6.4 kilometres of twin tunnels. Construction work on all six new stations is well underway and you can now see the entrances and bus terminal structures rising above the ground.
How fast are tunnels bored?
Depending on soil conditions, an earth pressure balance tunnel boring machine can progress approximately 15 metres per day.
Who is paying for the extension?
The Toronto - York Spadina Subway Extension project is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and The Regional Municipality of York.
- The Government of Canada has committed $697 million.
- The Province of Ontario has provided $974 million, which has been deposited into the Move Ontario Trust.
- The City of Toronto and The Regional Municipality of York have committed to fund one-third of total project costs. Toronto will contribute $907 million and York Region will contribute $606 million.
The estimated cost of this project is $3.18 billion.