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Yonge North Subway Extension

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Better Transit Connections For York Region and Toronto

The Yonge North Subway Extension will transform the commute in York Region, North York and beyond by extending the TTC’s Line 1 service north from Finch Station to Vaughan, Markham and Richmond Hill. The latest plans propose five stations along an extension of roughly 8 kilometres.

When it goes into service after the Ontario Line is complete, the extension will make it faster and easier for more people to travel between York Region and downtown Toronto while cutting down on traffic congestion and pollution.

Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario are teaming up with municipal and regional partners to move the Yonge North Subway Extension forward quickly, in the best way possible.

4
Cities Connected

~8
Kilometres

94,100+
Daily Boardings

Land acknowledgement

The Yonge North Subway Extension project takes place on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas; including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. These lands are covered by treaties including Treaty 13 and the Gunshot Treaty of 1784 and within the Williams Treaties territory. 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.


Simpler, more connected travel

Not only will extending Line 1 service to Richmond Hill make it easier to travel between York Region and downtown Toronto, it will create convenient connections with local transit services and allow more subway riders to complete their journeys without having to transfer.

Yonge North Subway Extension
All alignments, locations, names and quantity of stations are conceptual and subject to change.

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The proposed extension will connect to the Richmond Hill GO train and Highway 407 GO bus service, as well as local bus routes at every station.

Transit hubs are proposed at Steeles Avenue and within the Highway 7/Highway 407 corridor (Bridge Station).

More time back in your day

The Yonge North Subway Extension will help you spend less time traveling so that you can dedicate more time to the people and things you care about most.

For example, the extension will reduce the time it takes to travel from the Yonge Street and Langstaff Road area to downtown Toronto by as much as 22 minutes – going from 70 minutes today to 48 minutes with the extension.

As drivers get out from behind the wheel in favour of using the subway, the total distance travelled by cars during morning rush hour will be reduced by 7,700 kilometres.

Better transit, sooner

Running the extension at ground level along the existing CN railway corridor reduces the need for complex, time-consuming, and costly construction of tunnels and underground stations by using a dedicated rail corridor that already exists.

It will ensure the project can be built quickly and reduces the need for large, disruptive excavation sites for underground stations and exit buildings. This allows Metrolinx to limit property needs in the surface-level section of the alignment. Keeping as much work as possible in areas that are more out of the way will also reduce disruptions to utility services like hydro, natural gas, and water service in the surrounding areas.

Metrolinx is committed to addressing any noise and vibration due to construction and operation of the extension to ensure the project improves the quality of life in the neighbourhoods it serves. We will work with communities to ensure a comprehensive array of solutions are in place to address noise or vibration impacts and to ensure designs are sensitive and respectful so that our neighbours can continue to enjoy a high quality of life.

By the numbers

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

Proposed stations 5*
Proposed connections to other transit options Up to 7
  • Richmond Hill GO train service
  • Highway 407 GO bus service
  • York Region Viva Highway 7 bus rapid transit
  • York Region Viva Yonge Street bus rapid transit
  • Future Highway 407 Transitway service
  • Future TTC Steeles Avenue rapid transit service
  • Local York Region and TTC bus service
Route length ~8 km
Ridership more than 94,100 daily boardings
Improved access to transit more than 26,000 more people living within walking distance to a station
Improved access to jobs more than 22,900 employees within walking distance to a station
Morning rush hour reductions in traffic congestion more than 7,700 km in vehicle kilometres traveled
Yearly reductions in greenhouse gas emissions more than 4,800 tonnes

* The number of stations included in the final project is subject to change based on further analysis and exploration.

Learn more in the Initial Business Case and supplementary analysis.

Contact Us

Have a question or concern about the Yonge North Subway Extension? Our dedicated community relations team is available 24/7 through phone at 416-202-7000 or email at YongeSubwayExt@Metrolinx.com

Your opinion matters and we’d love to hear from you. For upcoming engagement opportunities please visit our Metrolinx Engage page.

Milestones

Environmental Project Report (EPR) addendum approved - April 27, 2022

  • The Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks informed Metrolinx that a notice imposing conditions would not be issued and that Metrolinx may proceed with implementing the changes to the Yonge North Subway Extension project in accordance with the EPR Addendum.

Updated Environmental Project Report (EPR) addendum - April 14, 2022

  • Metrolinx released the updated Environmental Project Report addendum after seeking and addressing public feedback on the draft report posted in February 2022. This report looks at the entire footprint of the Yonge North Subway Extension, from the existing Finch Station to north of the Richmond Hill Centre area. The report brings the existing environmental studies for the project to date based on the latest plans for the extension, including the updated route, stations and train storage facility. This report also includes public comments received throughout the comment period.

    The report was open for public feedback until March 14, 2022.

Environmental Project Report (EPR) addendum - February 10, 2022

  • Metrolinx released the Environmental Project Report addendum. The report brings the existing environmental studies for the Yonge North Subway Extension up to date based on the latest plans for the extension, including the updated route, stations and train storage facility.

Neighbourhood Stations Analysis - July 16, 2021

  • This study evaluated the benefits and trade-offs of Cummer, Clark and Royal Orchard stations to inform decisions on which fourth station to include in the project along with Steeles, Bridge and High Tech stations. The analysis also explored the performance of a potential fifth station to include in the project, should additional funding become available.

Initial Business Case and supplementary analysis – March 18, 2021

In the news

Metrolinx taking next steps to get teams onboard for Yonge North Subway Extension early works

April 2022

Finch Station

The Yonge North Subway Extension reaches an important milestone as a shortlist of bidders is invited to submit their proposals for how they’ll make early upgrades at Finch Station to accommodate the extension.


See new Yonge North Subway Extension updated environmental studies and station area maps

February 2022

Yonge area map

The vision for the Yonge North Subway Extension is coming into greater focus with the release of updated environmental studies for the project and new station area maps. The new report also outlines what communities can expect during and after construction of the new transit line.


What’s ahead for the Yonge North Subway Extension in 2022

February 2022

Yonge line sign

Updated environmental studies and the search for teams to build new subway tunnels are signs that the pace of progress on this exciting new transit project is dialing up another notch in the year ahead.


Metrolinx puts out call for teams to work on Finch Station as part of Yonge North Subway Extension

December 2021

Yonge line sign

Behind-the-scenes work in areas that aren’t often seen by transit riders is key to getting Finch Station ready for major construction on the Yonge North Subway Extension.

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