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Metrolinx unveils next wave of 'Big Move' projects

Yesterday, Metrolinx President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce McCuaig unveiled the next batch of projects as part of "The Big Move," the regional transportation plan for the greater Toronto and Hamilton areas.

The next wave of projects include two new subway lines — one a downtown relief line and the other an extension of the Yonge subway line north to Richmond Hill. In addition, projects include light-rail transit in Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton, and bus-rapid transit in Durham, Toronto, Peel and Halton to reduce congestion and stimulate development, Metrolinx officials said in a prepared statement. The projects also will include investment in GO Transit's rail network, including line extensions, more two-way, all-day service, and electrification of both GO lines and the Union Pearson Express.

The proposed investment will extend beyond major rapid transit projects to include resources for transit, roads, active transportation and other strategic transportation initiatives, Metrolinx officials said.

"With our plan in place, it's now time for the big conversation about the best ways to pay for this $34 billion investment," said McCuaig.

More than $16 billion from three levels of government already has been allocated to a first wave of projects in The Big Move plan, which were designed to address and reduce traffic gridlock across the region.

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