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Tunnel boring begins for Toronto subway extension


On Friday, federal, provincial, local and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) officials marked the start of tunnel boring work for the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension.
To be completed in late 2015, the 5.3-mile extension of the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line will run from the current terminus at Downsview Station in Toronto to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre in the York Region. The $2.6 billion extension will feature six new stations, including one at York University.

The Canadian government will provide about $700 million for the project; the province of Ontario, city of Toronto and regional municipality of York will contribute $870 million, $526 million and $352 million, respectively.

“The Toronto-York Spadina subway extension will cut commute times, ease traffic congestion and result in cleaner air, thereby improving the quality of life for greater Toronto-area residents,” said Canadian Minister of the Environment Peter Kent in a prepared statement.

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