March 23: Sheppard East LRT gets Council approval

City Council voted 24-19 to build a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line on Sheppard Ave East at a Special Council Meeting held on March 21 and 22nd, 2012. This was a great success for TEA's 14 month campaign to bring rapid transit into the suburbs.
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The vote ended a grueling special City Council meeting which spanned two days. It saw Council agree to a motion by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker to build the Sheppard East LRT line which will travel from Don Mills to Morningside Avenue. This is the fourth and final piece of the Rapid Transit Plan that will be built with $8.4 Billion from the Provincial Government and $333 Million from the Federal Government.

Sheppard East LRT PlanWith this plan approved, Scarborough will now have 3 rapid transit lines to improve transit riders mobility. Riders on the crowded Finch Avenue West buses can look forward to a Finch Ave. LRT.

Torontonians across the City will now have a rapid Crosstown LRT line on Eglinton Avenue, underground where it needs to be, to improve travel from one side of the City to the other.

The next step in this plan rests with the Province. Our Provincial leaders wanted a clear and complete plan from Council and with today’s victory the have it.