More Than Just Rush Hour Relief
The proposed Ontario Line will connect the city like never before. It will be more than just a subway to alleviate crowding on TTC Line 1 – it will be 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 will be. Getting downtown from previously underserved areas will be a breeze, and there will be more trains arriving at stations more frequently. Think of it as downtown relief when you need it.
As we prepare for population increases in Toronto and across the GTA, Metrolinx will be building vital, fast, reliable transit solutions to serve everyone across the region.
Where Will the Subway Stop?
With fifteen potential stations between Ontario 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 previous plans would have 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 – Limiting the amount of tunnelling and excavation needed for the project reduces its complexity, which in turn helps reduce construction timelines. 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 existing GO Expansion plans along the rail corridor, which reduces the number of construction zones and related impacts in the surrounding community.
- Faster and more convenient transfers – Customers using at-grade 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 use of existing rail corridors and elevated structures means we can extend the Ontario Line investment farther and reach transit-deprived communities sooner. These include the growing and vibrant neigbourhoods of Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park, Liberty Village and Fort York, which were not included in the former Relief Line South plans. While it will be more than twice as long as the previous Relief Line South proposal, it can be built for a similar cost.
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.
Convenience Across the Line
As the city expands and develops more housing in the region, more residents will likely be within 10-minutes walking distance to the stops on the Ontario Line, making the commute across the city a better experience overall.
The Ontario Line will likely deliver up to 40 trains per hour, as frequently as every 90 seconds, providing shorter wait times for customers and faster daily commutes. With quicker travel times and more options to move, you’ll have more time for life, family and things that bring you joy.
The completed line could provide relief and possibly reduce crowding by an estimated 15% on the busiest stretch along TTC’s Line 1. Crowding may be reduced at numerous stations across the network including:
- 19% less crowding at Bloor/Yonge Station
- 17% less crowding at Eglinton Station
- 16% less crowding at Union Station
Source: GGHm v4.
Comparison with Business As Usual scenario.
*approximate numbers based on current plans for the project
|Number of proposed stations||15|
|Number of proposed connections to other transit options||17
|Approximate number of route kms||16km|
|Approximate ridership||389,000 daily boardings|
|Approximate service||As frequent as every 90 seconds|
|Approximate access to transit||154,000 more people within walking distance to transit|
|Approximate access to jobs||53,000 more jobs accessible in 45 minutes or less for Toronto residents|
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Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario are working together to deliver the Ontario Line and released the Initial Business Case for the project in July 2019. Planning for the project continues, including due diligence work, further refining the design and engineering work and seeking environmental approvals
On June 2, 2020 Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx issued two Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) for the Southern Civil, Stations & Tunnels contract and the Rolling Stock, Systems, Operations and Maintenance contract - marking the first phase of procurement for the Ontario Line.
On September 17, 2020 Metrolinx published the Draft Environmental Conditions Report. This report characterizes existing environmental conditions within the Ontario Line study area. This report also provides a preliminary description of potential impacts the Project may have on the environment, potential mitigation and monitoring activities. You can view the full report and leave your feedback by visiting MetrolinxEngage.com/ontarioline
Stay tuned to this page for future project updates.
In The News
- Updated Ontario Line plans from the Don River to Gerrard: Maximizing space within the existing GO rail corridor - September 29, 2020
- Zooming in on Ontario Line plans from Osgoode to the Don River – Delivering a line below Toronto’s Queen Street that’s been anticipated for more than a century - September 23, 2020
- Zooming in on Ontario Line plans from Exhibition to Spadina: Travel time savings and heritage protections - September 17, 2020
- Perfecting the alignment: How Toronto’s Ontario Line route was designed - May 21, 2020
- The upside of Ontario Line’s upside – How Metrolinx experts are looking to design a Toronto subway that isn’t just confined to dark tunnels - May 14, 2020
- The Ontario Line sees a steady flow of ongoing public feedback – but what happens to it once it’s received? - May 5, 2020
- Whose line is it anyway? Yours, the residents and future riders invited to Ontario Line public info meetings for this planned Toronto subway route - January 22, 2020
- From Ontario Line to digital signs – Scarborough takes center stage with transit conversation during latest Metrolinx town hall - December 6, 2019
- Ontario Line to benefit low-income Toronto neighbourhoods: U of T report - October 27, 2019
- Ontario Line – Stepping from one train to the next will be made easier by clever design - October 23, 2019
- Ontario Line: A world of role models available for subway planners - September 17, 2019
- Ontario Line will be driven by proven tech rather than futuristic prototypes - September 10, 2019
- Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario release Initial Business Case for Ontario Line subway - July 25, 2019
- Update: Investigative drilling work on Vanauley Street near Queen Street West - Beginning September 29, 2020
- Update: Investigative night drilling work on Portland Street near Adelaide Street West - Beginning August 31, 2020
- Update: Investigative night drilling work on Lakeshore West Rail Corridor, near Exhibition GO - Beginning July 15, 2020
- Update: Investigative drilling work on Jarvis Street near Queen Street East - Beginning October 23, 2020
- Update: Investigative drilling work at Queen Street and Victoria Street and Duncan Street - Beginning October 19, 2020
- Update: Investigative drilling work on Queen Street East near Seaton Street - Beginning October 8, 2020
- Update: Investigative night drilling work on Adelaide Street East near Berkeley Street - Beginning October 5, 2020
- Update: Investigative night drilling work on Queen Street West near University Avenue - Beginning September 18, 2020
- Update: Continuing survey work within and adjacent to the rail corridor between Gerrard Street East and Eastern Avenue - Beginning October 19, 2020
- Update: Investigative drilling work on Pape Avenue near Withrow Avenue - Beginning October 9, 2020
- Update: Investigative drilling work on Dibble Street near Eastern Avenue - Beginning October 8, 2020
- Update: Investigative night drilling work within the rail corridor near Eastern Avenue - Beginning September 28, 2020
- Update: Investigative drilling work near Don Mills Road and Gateway Boulevard - Beginning October 21, 2020
- Update: Investigative drilling work near Overlea Boulevard and Millwood Road and Thorncliffe Park Drive - Beginning September 14, 2020
- Update: Drilling work in the area near Wicksteed Avenue and Beth Nealson Drive - Beginning July 29, 2020