The Sheppard Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a transit line that will span a total of 13.6 kilometers running along Sheppard Ave E from Don Mills Rd, at the end of the Sheppard subway line, all the way to Meadowvale Rd in Scarborough. There are also plans to further extend the line into Durham Region.
This project has been a topic that has been debated since 2007, when the Transit City proposal was first introduced. Earlier this month, the LRT was reinstated at a Toronto City Council meeting after being halted by Mayor Rob Ford after he was elected in late 2010.
Metrolinx is said to have budgeted $944.5 million from 2009 -2014 for the line. The line is also being funded partially by the Provincial and Federal governments. Construction on the line began in Late 2009, at the Agincourt GO station, with an expected completion date of mid 2013 which would have made it the first line in the Transit City plan to be completed. However, since it was halted by the City of Toronto, after much debate, it is said that the LRT will resume construction in 2017 and is expected to be completed at some point in 2021.