Yonge Street Subway Extension to Richmond Hill

There have been many twists and turns in the ongoing battle to finally get the Yonge Street Subway extended to Highway #7 and Yonge street in Richmond Hill. It would appear that this recent announcement will be a very positive step in achieving this goal. It is my understanding, under this plan, that the subway will open after 2027. This is an important project for the GTA and Richmond Hill in particular. This type of transit infrastructure will be crucial to support our future growth. It has been a long time coming and it is certainly a positive step. I think it is worth acknowledging the on going advocacy that Mayor Barrow and Councillor Chan as well as past Regional and Local Councillors Hogg and Spatafora have performed over the past decade to help keep this issue at the forefront.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Yonge North Subway Extension construction gets the green light!
Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York, together with York Region Rapid Transit Corporation, are thrilled to see a commitment from the Ontario Government today of $5.6 billion over the next 10 years for the Yonge North Subway Extension. The Yonge North Subway Extension can now move forward into construction. This investment is part of the province’s $28.5 billion expansion to Ontario’s transit network. 


“Today’s announcement of a significant investment from the Province jumpstarts the construction of the Yonge North Subway Extension – Regional Council’s number one transportation priority,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Subways unlock new travel choices for all commuters. With 52,000 businesses already within York Region, this transit investment will help drive national, provincial and regional prosperity.” 


The Yonge North Subway Extension is a cross-jurisdictional project spanning the City of Toronto, City of Markham, City of Vaughan and the City of Richmond Hill. It extends 7.4 kilometres north on Yonge Street from Finch Station to the Richmond Hill/Langstaff Gateway Urban Growth Centre at Highway 7.  


“The Yonge North Subway Extension is the most justified rapid transit investment in the GTA,” said City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “As Chair of the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation, I have dedicated my time to advancing this project, to securing funding and to starting construction during this term of office.  Today’s announcement is welcome news to the beleaguered York Region commuters and I applaud the provincial government for its bold initiative to connect the 905 and 416.” 


This critical rapid transit link will include up to six stations at Cummer/Drewry, Steeles, Clark, Royal Orchard, Langstaff/Longbridge and Richmond Hill Centre. It will also include two intermodal terminals and 2,000 commuter parking spaces near Yonge Street and Highway 407. 


“This project supports vital transportation networks that connect cities, and it will help continue our economic growth,” said City of Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow. “We appreciate this investment.” 


“The Yonge North Subway Extension is very important to those who live, work and commute in Vaughan,” said City of Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “This investment shows the importance the Province places on a connected network across the GTA.” 


For the past two decades, York Region and York Region Rapid Transit Corporation have been working to advance the Yonge North Subway Extension, and look forward to continuing to work with both the Federal and Provincial governments, and the City of Toronto, to deliver this missing link in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s rapid transit network. 
York Region Rapid Transit Corporation is responsible for the planning, design and construction of York Region’s rapid transit network and related infrastructure to deliver on the transit priorities set out in the York Region Transportation Master Plan. The board is a share capital corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Regional Municipality of York. For more information, please visit  www.vivanext.com/YSEcantwait 


The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 52,000 businesses with over 636,600 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices