The Toronto Star reports that the TTC will not operate the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown, Finch and Sheppard Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines once they are completed.
Metrolinx is assuming 100 percent of the direct capital costs for these projects and will be pursuing a financing and procurement model that runs the capital project through Infrastructure Ontario and seeks a private company to operate and maintain the lines.
The decision to choose another operator follows months of behind-the-scenes tension between the TTC and Metrolinx over the province's determination to use Infrastructure Ontario and an AFP to design and build the projects, worth more than $8.4 billion in provincial funding. Metrolinx had always planned to use an AFP process with some parts of the project, including station construction.
"It's not our money. It's their money, their project," [TTC Chair Karen] Stintz said.
It is still not clear whether the TTC will have to provide operating money, or whether the fare system for these LRT lines will be integrated with the rest of the TTC network the way the fare system for TTC buses, streetcars and subways is integrated.