Transforming transportation

Toronto is building the largest subway expansion in Canadian history as part of a major transportation infrastructure project to enhance mobility.

Extensive subway improvement

Toronto is undertaking a huge mobility investment as part of Ontario’s $22 billion transportation infrastructure project. This includes $8.6 billion of federal funding to support four projects that will greatly expand the city’s subway system.

The new 15.6-kilometer Ontario Line is the largest subway expansion in Canadian history and is scheduled for completion in 2030. Meanwhile, the 9.2-kilometer Eglinton Crosstown West extension will reduce journey times and enhance access throughout Greater Toronto. Once all four projects are complete, the city will benefit from a world-leading subway that can keep pace with its growing population and economy.

The planned Ontario Line
Source: Infrastructure Ontario

Encouraging automation

Toronto Transit Commission set its zero emissions target for 2040, and launched many initiatives to achieve it.

As Toronto’s subway and streetcar systems are already powered by electricity, the city is focusing efforts on converting its buses to electric vehicles. In just a few years, Toronto now operates the largest battery-powered fleet in North America, with 60 electric buses and a fast-growing charging infrastructure. With a plan to add 300 more electric buses by 2025, Toronto is setting a standard for the rest of Canada, which seeks to introduce a total of 5,000 zero-emission buses across the country by the end of 2024.

Green buses

Like many cities, Toronto is examining options to address its escalating traffic congestion and emissions. Naturally, the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is helping to generate new ideas, particularly around vehicle automation.

The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network is Ontario’s flagship initiative for automotive and smart mobility technologies. It supports small and medium-sized businesses working in essential fields such as driverless technology, vehicle cybersecurity, and real-time fleet routing. Siemens is assisting the initiative by giving 1,400 businesses access to the Siemens Xcelerator design and simulation software portfolio, which enables them to develop and test autonomous function and performance.

Toronto in numbers


Toronto has the third largest transit system in North America

Source: City of Toronto


Total daily subway ridership once the new projects are complete in 2041



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