Friday, September 21, 2012

Metrolinx seeking private operator, not TTC, for Eglinton light rail

Metrolinx recently decided to engage in a process known as Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP), where a private company will design, build, finance, maintain and operate its new light-rail lines.

The AFP process has been used on the Canada Line in Vancouver, as well as the Air Rail Link in Toronto.

The Eglinton-Crosstown is one of four new light-rail lines being built in Toronto, ON, Canada. Metrolinx is responsible for financing and building the new lines and the Toronto Transit Commission is responsible for operating the existing transit system. Metrolinx and TTC are working closely together to ensure that the new lines are seamlessly integrated with the subway and bus network.

Construction on The Crosstown is underway and will continue without interruption. The Crosstown is part of a network of four lines totaling 32 miles (52 kilometers) of new transit.

Transit riders will be able to transfer between the new LRT lines, the subway and buses in the same way they transfer between TTC routes today. Fares for the new LRT lines will be fully integrated with existing TTC service and there will be no change for customers.

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