Harper Sheppards a Billion Bucks to the TTC
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Harper Sheppards a Billion Bucks to the TTC

As predicted by Spacing—and now confirmed by the National Post—the federal government is set to pump around $1 billion into the Sheppard light-rail transit line, described as the most “shovel-ready” of the TTC’s Transit City LRT routes (the Star reports that construction is now expected to begin this fall). Today’s announcement, made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Dalton McGuinty at the Transit Commission’s Hillcrest Complex, follows last month’s commitment by the provincial government of $9 billion for Transit City and other Toronto-area public transit initiatives. Still no word on funding for the city’s coveted Bombardier Flexity streetcars, however—a fact sure to keep Mayor David Miller and TTC Chair Adam Giambrone grumbling, though they’ll likely tone their complaints down a notch, at least for today.