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
September 23 2021
Having a strategy to reduce the impacts of new transit projects is critical to their success. That’s why Metrolinx takes time to do thorough environmental assessments and gather public feedback well before construction begins. Today (Sept. 23), the transit agency released a report for upcoming work along the Lakeshore East GO rail corridor, where new Ontario Line trains will run on dedicated new tracks. The report confirmed that new noise solutions will keep sound levels the same or lower than they are today in most areas, and residents are now invited to weigh in on design and construction plans.
September 23 2021
Technology can answer two questions on the minds of Riverside and Leslieville residents. How much noise will come from passing trains once the Ontario Line opens? And how will this compare to the sound of today’s GO trains, currently passing through the neighbourhood? Metrolinx commissioned an interactive sound demonstration to give people an opportunity to hear recordings of existing GO trains at various spots in the area and simulations of future conditions – once the Ontario Line opens and noise walls are in place – for an easy comparison. Here’s how you can hear for yourself.
Metrolinx seeking community feedback on priorities for Ontario Line design options in northern segment
September 9 2021
This week Metrolinx is launching a survey to explore community design priorities for the Ontario Line in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park. Read on to find out how you can have your say.
September 9 2021
Subway stations are important additions to their neighbourhoods. They must be attractive and fit their surroundings. They should help riders to move quickly, safely and easily throughout their journeys. Long before a station is built, design principles are established to ensure a consistent and enjoyable experience for the customer. Today Metrolinx is sharing the design principles for the new Ontario Line stations.