TORONTO — Ontario Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney issued a statement following the signing of Memoranda of Understanding with select utility companies to improve coordination for priority transit projects.
“As a key step that supports the objectives of the Building Transit Faster Act, the Province of Ontario and Toronto Hydro, Hydro One and Enbridge, signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) to improve coordination as we move forward in implementing the four priority transit projects outlined in our New Subway Transit Plan for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA),” said Mulroney in the statement.
The Building Transit Faster Act would provide the province with the tools to expedite the planning, design and construction process that has delayed major projects in the past. The four projects are the new Ontario Line, a three-top Scarborough Subway Extension, the Yonge North Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension.
“The MOUs with the Province reflect a shared commitment to work together to deliver transit faster for the people in the GTA by making it easier to find, move and reinstate utility infrastructure, such as structures and other works required for electricity and natural gas transmission and distribution,” the statement reads.
“Transit projects can be delayed if utilities are not relocated in coordination with the project schedule, leading to increased project costs. That is why improving utilities coordination to support on-time delivery was a key objective of our plan to deliver transit faster.”