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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.

15
Stops

~16
Kilometres

30 Minutes
from Exhibition Place to Ontario Science Centre

Land acknowledgement

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.

All alignments, stations, locations, names and quantity of stations are conceptual and subject to change.

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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.

Neighbourhood Profiles

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:

West Segment - Exhibition to Queen/Spadina
Downtown - Osgoode to Don Yard
East Segment - East Harbour to Pape South
North Segment - Pape to Science Centre

By the Numbers

(All numbers are approximate, based on current plans for the project)

Proposed stations 15
End-to-end journey time 30 minutes or less
Proposed connections to other transit options Over 40, including:
  • Connections to Lakeshore West, Lakeshore East, and Stouffville GO train services
  • Connections to the TTC’s Line 1 and Line 2 subways
  • Connection to Line 5 (Eglinton Crosstown LRT)
  • Connections to streetcar lines at 10 Ontario Line stations
  • Connections to bus services at 12 Ontario Line stations
Route length ~16km
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
  • For lower-income residents, up to 57,000 more jobs accessible in 45 minutes or less
Reductions in rush hour crowding
  • Up to 22 per cent at Bloor/Yonge Station, or 14,000 fewer people, during the busiest hour
  • Up to 16 per cent at Eglinton Station, or 5,000 fewer people, during the busiest hour
  • Up to 14 per cent at Union Station, or 14,000 fewer people, during the busiest hour
Daily reductions in traffic congestion 28,000 fewer cars on the road
Yearly reductions in fuel consumption 7.2 million litres

FAQs

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.

Get Involved

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

Contact Us

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.

Milestones

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

Ontario Line team wraps up 2021 with virtual open houses this week

November 22 2021

Ontario Line map

In 2021, Metrolinx hosted more than 125 virtual open houses and community meetings across the Ontario Line’s 15.6-kilometre route, sharing updates on project plans and benefits including convenient transfers between existing transit and new Ontario Line stations, travel time savings and more. On Nov. 23 and 25, Metrolinx is holding two more online events to recap some of the major milestones and advancements from this year.


Survey asks how best to mark history of First Parliament site at the Ontario Line subway station in Corktown

November 17 2021

Upper Canada’s first Parliament Buildings

How should we recognize history? This is an important question for experts behind the Ontario Line subway station that will be built in Corktown, at King and Berkeley. People have an opportunity to share their opinions on how to commemorate the site’s history in the new subway station through a new online survey. Here’s how you can have your say.


New Ontario Line video details park plans for east end of Toronto

November 15 2021

Touring Ontario Line parks

The Ontario Line project is a 15.6-kilometre, 15-stop subway line that will run from Exhibition Place, through the heart of downtown, all the way to the Ontario Science Centre. Part of building the project involves talking to communities and helping preserve what makes them great, while also adding important transit services. In a new video, Metrolinx experts tour the east end of Toronto to talk about to the Ontario Line and local parks. Check it out.


Ontario Line design consultations start in the East Segment following release of latest report

September 23 2021

Map showing TTC 501 streetcar detour routes to support Ontario Line construction

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.

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