More Transit, More Connections
The Ontario Line will create faster, easier connections between dozens of vibrant neighbourhoods and make it easier than ever to travel within Toronto and beyond.
The 15.6-kilometre, 15-stop subway line will run from Exhibition Place, through the heart of downtown, and all the way to the Ontario Science Centre. It will give people major relief from crowding on the Line 1 subway and other busy transit lines across the city thanks to connections with dozens of other travel options along the way, from regional GO trains, to existing subways, to new light rail transit lines, and more. What it all adds up to is a bigger, more connected transit system that will make it easier to experience the entire region – where and when you want to.
from Exhibition Place
to Ontario Science
The Ontario Line project takes place on Treaty 13 territory with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We acknowledge that Metrolinx operates on these lands and has a responsibility to work with the original keepers of this territory and the many diverse Indigenous Peoples living here today. Metrolinx remains committed to engaging with Indigenous Peoples and Nations on the Ontario Line project.
Where Will the Subway Stop?
With fifteen potential stations between Exhibition Place and Ontario Science Centre and potential links to GO Transit and TTC Lines 1 and 2, the Ontario Line will open up the city for all residents to live, work and play the way they want to, when they want.
More Transit for More Communities - Sooner
The Ontario Line will bring more transit to more in-need communities sooner than previously thought by using a mix of at-grade (surface) track, elevated guideways and underground tunnels. This type of approach comes with many benefits, including:
- Shorter construction timelines, fewer construction impacts – Limiting the amount of tunneling and excavation needed for the project reduces its complexity, which in turn helps reduce construction timelines and property impacts. This will be done by aligning Ontario Line operations within sections of existing above-ground rail corridors in the western and eastern segments of the line, and along elevated structures in the northern segment. In communities like Leslieville, we are also able to streamline our work with GO Expansion plans along the existing rail corridor, which reduces the number of construction zones and related impacts in the surrounding community.
- Faster and more convenient transfers – Customers using above-ground stations will be able to get where they need to go sooner by avoiding lengthy journeys underground and by taking advantage of faster transfers to other surface transit routes. For instance, an underground East Harbour station would have needed to be built nearly 40 metres underground to reach under the Don River. This very deep station would have added 4.5 minutes to each transfer, adding significant time to people’s commutes.
- More rapid transit for more communities – The Ontario Line is able to reach transit-deprived communities sooner than previously thought. These include the growing and vibrant neighbourhoods of Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park, Liberty Village and Fort York.
Running along a mix of above-ground and underground tracks is not a new approach --- the TTC has done this with Line 1, Line 2 and Line 3, and many other transit systems have adopted it to deliver superior rapid transit within impressive timeframes. For example, the majority of stations and tracks for world-class transit services like Vancouver’s SkyTrain network and London, England’s Docklands Light Railway system are above ground. Since those systems began in the 80s, the SkyTrain has become the longest rapid transit system in Canada and the Docklands Light Railway system has grown to nearly 40 kilometres’ worth of track.
Zoom in on the neighbourhoods that matter most to you to find the latest local details on how the Ontario Line is being designed to fit into every community across all four segments of the route:
By the Numbers
(All numbers are approximate, based on current plans for the project)
|End-to-end journey time||30 minutes or less|
|Proposed connections to other transit options||Over 40, including:
|Ridership||388,000 daily boardings|
|Frequency||As frequent as every 90 seconds during rush hour|
|Improved access to transit||255,000 more people within walking distance to transit|
|Improved access to jobs||Up to 47,000 more jobs accessible in 45 minutes or less, on average
|Reductions in rush hour crowding||
|Daily reductions in traffic congestion||28,000 fewer cars on the road|
|Yearly reductions in fuel consumption||7.2 million litres|
You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers. Find out about why we’re above ground in certain areas, how we’re limiting property impacts, our process for property acquisition, and other important topics.
We’re committed to keeping you in the loop. While larger, in-person engagement is on hold we’re still available to answer your questions through email, phone, virtual open-houses, and scheduled meetings.
Construction doesn’t start on any part of the Ontario Line until an environmental assessment report is completed, which includes collecting, analyzing and reporting on public feedback. We’ll be doing several environmental assessments for the Ontario Line, including early works reports to cover specific areas of the alignment where construction will start first. A timeline of their targeted release is outlined below.
For more information about how you can get involved and share your feedback, visit MetrolinxEngage.com/OntarioLine
Have a question or concern about the Ontario Line? Our dedicated community relations team is available 24/7 through phone at 416-202-5100 or email at OntarioLine@Metrolinx.com.
Your opinion matters and we’d love to hear from you. For upcoming engagement opportunities please visit our Metrolinx Engage page.
September 23, 2021
- Metrolinx released the Draft Early Works Reports for East Harbour and Lakeshore East Joint Corridor early works for public feedback. These environmental assessments outline the purpose of early works, provide a description of local environmental conditions, potential impacts, proposed mitigation measures and consultation records. The public is invited to review the draft reports and provide their feedback before October 24, 2021.
August 25, 2021
- Metrolinx released the final Early Works Report for Lower Don Bridge – Don Yard after seeking and addressing public feedback on the draft report posted in July 2021. Public comments received throughout the comment period for the Draft Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard were recorded and have been incorporated into the Final Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard Early Works Report.
July 15, 2021
- Metrolinx released the Final Early Works Report for Corktown after seeking and addressing public feedback on the draft report posted in May 2021. The report describes the planned scope of work at this site, alternatives studied, local environmental conditions, impacts and solutions.
June 22, 2021
- Metrolinx released the Draft Early Works Report for Lower Don Bridge – Don Yard early works for public feedback. This environmental assessment summarizes the local environmental conditions and outlines alternatives studied, impacts on the environment, potential solutions, planned monitoring activities, and potentially required permits and approvals. The report also contains a consultation record of the feedback and input received. The public is invited to review the draft report and provide their feedback before July 22, 2021.
- Letters identifying transit corridor lands for the project were mailed to property owners and occupants in June. Learn more about property and transit construction.
June 3, 2021
- Metrolinx issued a Tender in Market for the first package of early works construction starting at Exhibition Station this September.
May 12, 2021
- Metrolinx released the Draft Early Works Report for Corktown Station for public feedback. The report describes the planned scope of work at this site, alternatives studied, local environmental conditions, impacts and solutions. The public is invited to review the draft report and provide their feedback before June 11, 2021.
February 1, 2021
- Metrolinx released the Final Early Works Report for Exhibition Station after seeking and addressing public feedback on the draft report posted in November 2020. The report provides details on some of the upgrades that will be made at the site along with the impacts and related mitigations that can be expected during construction.
December 17, 2020
- Metrolinx released the Preliminary Design Business Case, which provides a more detailed understanding of the benefits of the project. It builds upon the Initial Business Case, which was released in July 2019.
- Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx issued Requests for Proposals for two major packages of work – one for the Southern Civil, Stations & Tunnels package and one for the Rolling Stock, Systems, Operations and Maintenance package.
November 30, 2020
- Metrolinx released the Draft Early Works Report for Exhibition Station for public feedback. The report provides details on some of the upgrades that will be made at the site along with the impacts and related mitigations that can be expected during construction.
- Metrolinx published the Final Environmental Conditions Report after seeking and addressing public feedback on an earlier draft that was posted on September 17, 2020. The report describes existing environmental conditions within the Ontario Line study area and an initial understanding of potential impacts the project may have, along with recommended mitigations.
In The News
August 17 2021
Even though a lot of subway construction happens underground, there are still impacts at street level – especially near stations. Small parts of Toronto’s Queen Street on either side of Yonge Street are slated for detours to make way for necessary construction work to build a new Ontario Line station at Queen, under the current TTC station. Metrolinx has a plan for keeping people moving, supporting businesses in the area, and building new streetcar tracks for the TTC that will benefit riders long after construction wraps up.
June 30 2021
The route has been refined to cross Millwood and Overlea on the northwest corner, rather than the southeast corner of the intersection, which will make construction of the elevated guideway simpler by crossing one street instead of two. The change also addresses feedback from the community by preventing impacts to the iconic Thorncliffe Park sign on the southeast corner of the intersection.
June 24 2021
Updated details for the eastern stretch of the Ontario Line include refined plans that reveal the opportunity to create even more green space alongside existing community parks.
June 22 2021
As Ontario Line construction proceeds, people will see a new landmark by the waterfront. A bridge, next to the one currently used by GO trains, will carry Ontario Line passengers over the Don River. Metrolinx has released an early works report outlining first steps for building the bridge and giving the pubic an opportunity to comment on the plan.
June 17 2021
We’ve been closely following progress on the Ontario Line subway and the impact on transit to and from Toronto’s core. Last week, Metrolinx unveiled the locations for station buildings from Exhibition Station to Queen and Spadina. Today (June 17), we are learning about four more downtown station sites. Two will connect with TTC’s Line 1 subway at University Avenue and Yonge Street while two others will bring subway service to Moss Park and Corktown.