Metrolinx hosting open houses about the Ontario Line this week

Jan 28 2020, 4:40 pm

After announcing in early January that it would be hosting a series of open houses to update the public on the latest developments with the Ontario Line, Metrolinx has been meeting with Toronto residents to dispense information and field questions.

Originally intended as a replacement to the City of Toronto’s Relief Line South, a 7.5-km project connecting Line 2 at Pape Station to Line 1 at Queen Station and Osgoode Station with eight new stations, the project has grown under the direction of the Ford Government.

On Tuesday, City Councillor Joe Cressy said he had “many unanswered questions,” about the proposal including details on “final routes and alignments, technology, fare integration, future operations and funding, community consultation, above-ground sections, and more.”

A Business Case from Metrolinx in July 2019 shows the proposed project spanning 15.5 km across 15 new stations, including six interchange stations and 17 new connections to GO Transit, existing subways, and streetcars.

“The Ontario Line will connect the city like never before,” reads the Metrolinx website.

“It’s more than just a subway to alleviate crowding on TTC Line 1 – it’s a link to communities across Toronto. From east to west, north to south, from Ontario Place to the Ontario Science Centre, there’s never been a connection in the heart of the city like this one.”

Preliminary estimates for the project have been pegged at $10.9 billion.

Two Metrolinx hosted sessions will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evening between 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the following locations:

Tuesday, January 28
Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto Social Hall — 115 Simpson Avenue, Toronto

Wednesday, January 29
Exhibition Place Beanfield Centre – room 201 — 105 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto

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