York Region Fact Sheet

Frustration. Gridlock again. You are going to be late. Getting around doesn’t feel easy. In fact, it feels unnecessarily difficult. 

But what if you had choices?

What if York buses had dedicated lanes so there was no traffic between you and your destination? What if the subway went all the way to Richmond Hill Centre? What if the whole system was designed to make your life easier?

The average GTHA commuter spends 82 minutes trying to get to and from work every day.  If we don’t take action now against congestion, it could grow to 109 minutes. That’s a Hollywood film! Imagine doing that five times a week.

If you think traffic is getting worse, you’re right. York Region has doubled in the last 20 years, increasing by more than 527,000 people. It’s now the 6th largest municipality in Canada. Do you notice that most cars only have one person in them? That’s a lot of added cars.

Want a solution? You aren’t alone. Over 88% of residents in GTHA have said that it’s important to reduce congestion, expand and increase the frequency of transit and get commuters to their destination more quickly.

Metrolinx has a plan—a world class, award-winning plan. It’s called The Big Move, and it has already been approved not only by York Region but every municipality in the GTHA. 

What are some of The Big Move’s new initiatives that will make your life easier?

  • The Yonge North Subway Extension will reach Richmond Hill Centre, meaning you’ll have access to the subway closer to home.
  • You will be able to move around on your own time using GO Transit two-way, all-day service, which will be offered on all GO rail corridors.

Metrolinx has already started with several projects under construction, including:

  • York Region and Brampton have already launched Viva and Züm express bus service. Along with Durham Region, these networks will become BRTs (bus rapid transit) with dedicated lanes.  
  • Extension of the Spadina subway line to connect downtown to Vaughan is underway and estimated to be complete in 2016.
  • Union Station is being revitalized to improve its quality and capacity and make your experience more efficient and comfortable.
  • The Union Pearson Express is on track and by 2015, it will be offering 5,000 passengers a day quiet and efficient trains departing Union Station for Pearson Airport every 15 minutes.

Sounds good? Our economy thinks so too. We are losing $6 billion each year in productivity and 26,000 jobs to congestion. The Big Move isn’t just an investment in your quality of life; it will change the financial health of the region. With every $1 invested in transit, our economy expects a return of $1.19. That’s a 19% return on investment!