New Details on the Ontario Line and our Community
Metrolinx, the Provincial transit agency responsible for the planning and construction of the Ontario Government's Ontario Line, has released new maps and some details on the proposed route, alignment, and station locations that are slated for the western portion of the line. This section runs from the proposed Exhibition station to Queen and Spadina.
The maps, which are available on Metrolinx's website, provide high-level information on the station platforms, as well as which portions of the line are intended for tunneling, and which are to be at grade or elevated, including the Exhibition section that is intended to run from Strachan Ave to Dufferin St.
Maps and details on other sections of the Line, including the Downtown section (Osgoode to Don Yard), have not yet been made available and are to be released one per week over the next month.
Right now, the importance of building accessible, rapid transit that serves our downtown core has taken on a new urgency. We need to relieve congestion on our main subway lines, and new transit for our rapidly growing neighbourhoods like Liberty Village is a good thing. At the same time, I remain concerned with the details of the plan, and with the many unanswered questions for this once-in-a-generation project, and it's crucial that we get the details right. That's why it's important that community members weigh in on these proposals.
Together with my Council colleagues, I was able to add consideration of many of these questions to our conversations with Metrolinx. These include: mitigating potential local impacts and reviewing potential impacts of the above-ground sections; ensuring full and affordable fare integration between all lines and technologies, especially critical for our Liberty Village and Fort York communities; prioritizing affordable housing as part of any transit-oriented residential development; and more.
I will be meeting with Metrolinx staff in the coming weeks to learn more about the latest proposal and raise the questions and concerns that we receive from the surrounding communities. Please send any concerns or questions you have to my office, by emailing: [email protected]
On the website, Metrolinx has also provided a link where residents can submit feedback and questions by email. I encourage you to share your thoughts with the agency directly, which you can do here.