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Ontario Line

A new 15.6-km subway line in Toronto that will run from Exhibition Place, through downtown, all the way to the Eglinton Crosstown LRT at Don Mills Road.


Changes coming to Pape Station to make way for the Ontario Line

Work is underway to prepare for major construction on a new downtown Toronto transit connection. 

Metrolinx is relocating utilities and clearing sites in the Pape and Danforth area to prepare for major construction of the Ontario Line subway project.  

A new Ontario Line subway connection at Pape Station will make it faster and easier to travel across the city, with a trip from Pape and Danforth to Queen and University going from 25 minutes today to 12 minutes with the Ontario Line – cutting the travel time by more than half. 

Future Ontario Line Pape Station entrance on the north side of Danforth Ave, east of Pape Ave.

Future Ontario Line Pape Station entrance on the north side of Danforth Avenue, east of Pape Avenue.

During this initial phase of prep work, there will be some changes to how commuters and residents move around the area. 

Work is already underway on removing buildings from vacant Metrolinx-owned properties around the station. Metrolinx acquired the properties to create the space needed to position the Ontario Line station east of Pape Avenue out of the roadway, which helps significantly reduce construction impacts on the city’s transportation network. 

Two new temporary bus bays on Lipton Avenue will soon replace existing bays within TTC’s Pape Station bus loop while construction work is underway. There will also be intermittent periods where the bus loop needs to close altogether to carry out utility relocations.  

Metrolinx will work closely with the TTC to plan construction work in a way that minimizes impacts to riders. Customers are encouraged to visit the TTC’s Pape Station construction update page and follow @ttchelps on social media to stay up to date. 

Lane closures and detours 

Some traffic changes—such as traffic and bike lane closures, sidewalk closures, pedestrian detours and parking closures—will be needed at times to install foundational supports and reinforce the soil to prepare for future excavation.  

There has been a large, coordinated effort to manage construction and traffic impacts as subway projects are being built across Toronto. Metrolinx has worked closely with the City of Toronto, the TTC and other third parties like utility companies to find ways to streamline work, speed up construction and keep impacts to a minimum.  

Information about upcoming work and traffic changes are communicated in advance through notices delivered to residents and businesses near construction and posted on metrolinx.com/OntarioLineConstruction

Once complete, a new transit connection at Pape Station between the Ontario Line and TTC Line 2 is expected to serve 10,200 riders and reduce crowding on the busiest section of Line 2 by 21 per cent during rush hour.  


Land Acknowledgement

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