Ontario Begins Construction on Major New Transit Hub in Toronto
Ontario is making it easier for commuters and families to get around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) by building a new bus terminal and renovating Kipling GO Station to connect subway, regional rail and inter-regional bus services in a major new transit hub.
Peter Milczyn, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Yvan Baker, MPP for Etobicoke Centre, Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga, Josh Colle, Chair of the TTC, and Greg Percy, Chief Operating Officer, Metrolinx, were at the site of the new bus terminal at Kipling GO Station today to break ground on the new transit hub.
The hub will include new and improved pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle connections, and integrate subway, GO train, and local and regional bus services, including GO, TTC, and MiWay services, into a single mobility hub in Toronto’s west end.
Ontario is also making transit more affordable for commuters and families by introducing more integration between transit fares. The province has already cut the cost of commuting by $1.50 for PRESTO users transferring between TTC and GO Transit or the UP Express. Beginning in early 2019, Ontario will reduce the cost of GO Transit trips to just $3 for trips under 10 kilometres anywhere on the GO network, as well as all GO and UP Express trips within the City of Toronto. Proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market will also provide fare integration discounts of up to $1.50 per ride for anyone who travels between the York, Durham, Brampton and Mississauga transit networks and the TTC, saving regular commuters up to $720 every year.
Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Ontario is investing $21.3 billion to transform GO Transit from a commuter transit service to a regional rapid transit system, including the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program. GO RER is increasing the number of weekly trips across the GO train network from about 1,100 in 2013 to nearly 6,000 by 2025.
- Construction on the Kipling Station Bus Terminal project is scheduled to complete in spring 2020.
- Since 2013, Ontario has built four new GO stations, renovated 10 existing GO stations, and added approximately 9,000 new GO station parking spots. The province has also purchased 263 new GO buses, 293 new GO train coaches, and 16 new GO train locomotives.
“The start of construction on the new Kipling Station Bus Terminal project is great news for my community of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, and will reduce congestion on Etobicoke roads. I have worked hard for this mobility hub since my days at City Hall and know first-hand the difference this project will make for the thousands of residents in this riding and beyond who use this station every day for work, school and to connect with people and activities.”
“I’m pleased that shovels are in the ground and work is underway to build the new Kipling Transit Hub. This transformation will make connecting to MiWay, GO Transit and TTC seamless for the thousands of Mississauga residents who travel across the GTHA every day. I’m pleased that the province shares Mississauga’s vision to build a regionally connected transit system that is affordable, fast and easy to use.”
“Today’s groundbreaking of the new Kipling Mobility Hub facility is a win for all transit users. Upon completion of this new transit hub, TTC customers will be able to take advantage of the new GO-TTC co-fare thanks to the seamless integration of subway, regional rail, and inter-regional bus services at Kipling Station. I am pleased that the province and the TTC have a shared vision for the future of mobility in Toronto.”
“Our mission is to connect our communities. Here at Kipling Station, as we start this phenomenal project, we’re moving forward on improving the transit experience for our customers in an incredible way. Whether you ride your bike here, walk here, get dropped off, or arrive by transit, every part of the journey will be better.”