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Toronto-York subway extension is now officially open

The opening marks the first expansion of Toronto's subway route since the Sheppard line opened in 2002. To celebrate the TTC is free on Sunday.

Toronto Mayor John Tory and TTC CEO Andy Byford take a ride on Toronto's newest six subway stations opened extending Line 1 8.6-kilometres from Sheppard West to Vaughan in Toronto.

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Toronto Mayor John Tory and TTC CEO Andy Byford take a ride on Toronto's newest six subway stations opened extending Line 1 8.6-kilometres from Sheppard West to Vaughan in Toronto.

After years of waiting, the Line 1 expansion opened Sunday morning allowing riders to travel to Downsview Park, York University and all the way to Vaughan.

The first expansion of Toronto's subway route in 15 years started at 8 a.m. from Sheppard West Station (formerly Downsview Station) and took travelers all the way to Vaughan.

As part of the celebration the TTC is free all day Sunday.

The six new stations along the extended 14-minute longer route include stops at Downsview Park, Finch West Station, York University, Pioneer Village, Highway 407 Station and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

Along with the new stops and 8.6 kilometers of new track, 2,811 parking spaces opened for the various stations. Parking lots could be used at the Finch West station with 347 spaces, Pioneer Village station with 1,881 spaces and Highway 407 station with 583 spaces.

Construction work on the extension began in February 2010 and was jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and The Regional Municipality of York.

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