Ontario to speed up environmental assessments, land expropriation for new transit projects

via The Star

The Ontario Progressive Conservative government plans to streamline the environmental assessment and land expropriation processes for new transit projects, a move it says is necessary to speed up construction of new lines but which is likely to inflame opposition from residents living near proposed routes.

At a speech to the Economic Club of Canada at the Fairmont Royal York Thursday, Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney outlined the intended changes, which the government plans to introduce when the legislature resumes sitting in two weeks.

She provided few details about what she described as the government’s “practical and responsible plan,” but pledged that if passed it would “enable us to build transit faster by getting shovels in the ground sooner.”