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 15 new stations in vibrant, growing neighbourhoods and easy connections to more than 40 other local and regional transit lines including the TTC’s Line 1 and Line 2, GO train lines, and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the Ontario Line will be part of a truly integrated transit network that will make getting around the city and the entire region easier and more intuitive.
More Transit for More Communities - Sooner
By using a mix of surface, elevated and underground tracks, the Ontario Line will bring more transit to more in-need communities sooner than previously planned. These include the growing and vibrant neighbourhoods of Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park, Liberty Village and Fort York.
Limiting the amount of tunneling and excavation needed for the project reduces its complexity and the time it takes to build it, meaning communities can experience the benefits of rapid transit sooner. This will be done by building the Ontario Line within sections of existing Metrolinx-owned GO rail corridors in the western (Exhibition) and eastern (East Harbour to Gerrard) segments of the line, which has the added benefit of reducing the number of construction and property impacts in surrounding neighbourhoods.
In the northern segment of the line between Thorncliffe Park and the Science Centre, the Ontario Line will run along elevated tracks that will be mostly situated along local roadways, which are generally wider there than in other parts of the city and can accommodate this kind of infrastructure more easily.
Teams all across Metrolinx are very excited to be building an important project like this, but we recognize that it’s no small feat. Bringing this kind of infrastructure to life requires a lot of consultation and a lot of working together with the people we will serve. We’re not building transit for the sake of building transit – we’re building it to lift communities up and to make them more successful and sustainable as the city grows. That means we need to keep them front and centre as we advance plans for this critical new subway line, so we can make it easier for everyone to live, work and play in this great city.
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||227,500 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.
April 8, 2022
- Metrolinx released the final Environmental Impact Assessment Report after seeking and addressing public feedback on the draft report posted in February 2022. This report looks at the entire Ontario Line footprint, from Exhibition Station all the way to the Ontario Science Centre. It outlines existing conditions along the route along with ways to protect and preserve communities during construction and beyond when it comes to traffic, noise, vibration, plus trees and vegetation, and more. This report also includes public comments received throughout the comment period.
February 7, 2022
- Metrolinx released the draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report. This report looks at the entire Ontario Line footprint, from Exhibition Station all the way to the Ontario Science Centre. It outlines existing conditions along the route along with ways to protect and preserve communities during construction and beyond when it comes to traffic, noise, vibration, plus trees and vegetation, and more. Members of the public are invited to review the draft report and provide feedback before March 9, 2022.
November 17, 2021
- Metrolinx released the Final Early Works Reports for East Harbour and Lakeshore East Joint Corridor early works after seeking and addressing public feedback on the draft report posted in September 2021. These environmental assessments outline the purpose of early works, provide a description of local environmental conditions, potential impacts, proposed mitigation measures and public comments received throughout the comment period.
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.
In The News
Metrolinx releases design survey results for public spaces around Ontario Line maintenance and storage facility
April 27 2022
As Metrolinx advances plans to bring fast, convenient Ontario Line subway service to Thorncliffe Park, teams have been collecting feedback from community members to help shape the look and feel of the areas surrounding the Ontario Line maintenance and storage facility in Thorncliffe Park. Here are the results.
March 27 2022
Upgrades now underway at Exhibition Station mark the start of Ontario Line construction and will pave the way for major work down the road. Find out why today is an important date for the route, get the latest on the project and see new station concept images that show how the Ontario Line will take shape.
February 24 2022
Each subway route is more than a single line on a map. It links to other routes that bring more neighbourhoods closer to new transit arteries. The Ontario Line was designed for easy connections at all 15 stations along its 15.6-km route. These connections will rewire the city and the region by speeding up travel times for a wide range of travellers, not just the people who will live within walking distance of stations. Metrolinx News is exploring these neighbourhoods to demonstrate how the network effect will deliver faster new travel opportunities.
February 15 2022
Now that Metrolinx has shared new station plans for the Ontario Line from Gerrard to Science Centre, and published the latest draft environmental assessment, Metrolinx teams are hosting another series of open houses. And they’re starting this month. Read on to find out when events are happening and how to register.