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Relief Line North public consultation meetings:
April 18, 19, 21



cropped-rl-logo-top-300x100.png“If you take transit in Toronto, you may have noticed that things are getting a bit tight. It’s not just our bulky jackets, umbrellas, sports equipment or shopping bags — we’re growing. By 2041, the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA), which had a population of nearly 7 million in 2016, is expected to grow to almost 10.1 million people and 4.8 million jobs — we need more and better ways to get people where they want to go.”

That’s how the Relief Line North team — Metrolinx, the City of Toronto and the TTC — are introducing their project to Torontonians.

They tell us that, “The Relief Line North will expand our rapid transit network to better serve existing and future transit users, helping to make sure our communities continue to be great places to live, work and play. This continuation of the planned Relief Line South will help address a gap in our existing rapid transit network, offer alternative routes and relieve congestion on Line 1 Yonge and at existing and future interchange stations, including Bloor-Yonge and Eglinton. Optimizing the transportation system ensures the best possible use of the existing and future assets and capacity. This means better connections to urban centres,employment nodes and regional destinations, and shorter, more comfortable commutes.”

Provincial funding for the Relief Line North is in place to advance the planning and environmental assessment of this important rapid transit project.

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The team continues planning for the project, which will build on the Relief Line South Project assessment between Danforth Avenue and downtown Toronto to continue rapid transit service north from Pape Station. The goal is to connect the Relief Line South, the TTC’s Line 2 Bloor - Danforth subway to other rapid transit lines, including the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line and the TTC Line 4 Sheppard subway. Continuing the Relief Line northward is a critical part of expanding our transportation network, better serving transit users and supporting the the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan and the City’s Official Plan.

Concurrently in 2018, the transit project assessment process for the Relief Line South will also be advancing, with preliminary design. Municipal and provincial funding is available to advance this work on the Relief Line South.

The team has begun the planning work that will lead to a transit project assessment process for the Relief Line North. The streamlined six-month environmental assessment process is specific to transit projects in Ontario to satisfy the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act, Regulation 231.

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Phase 1 of the study will recommend the extent and length of the Relief Line North and the preferred type of rapid transit — subway or light rail transit — the route and station locations. This phase will also include developing an initial business case, which the team will update as they further develop the project.

Phase 2 of the study will include detailed environmental studies that will determine existing conditions, and potential environmental, socio-economical and archaeological impacts of the planned project, and then propose measures to resolve or diminish those impacts. After sharing the results of the environmental studies with the community, the team will develop an environmental project report that will be available for the public and agencies to review. This phase will end with the completion of the transit project assessment project, leading to the detailed design phase.

You can view early plans for the project, listen to a presentation and ask questions of project staff during three upcoming public meetings:

Events take place in:


Wednesday, April 18

Georges Vanier Secondary School,
3000 Don Mills Road East,
Cafeteria.
6:30 until 8:30 p.m.
Presentation: 6:45 until 7:15 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Southbound TTC buses along the 25 Don Mills and 185 Don Mills rocket routes to a stop beside #2980 Don Mills Road. Cross at the signal. Walk northward along Don Mills, then eastward along a walkway to the school.
  • Northbound buses along the 25 Don Mills and 185 Don Mills rocket routes to Don Mills Road at Godstone Road. Cross at the signal, then walk northward along Don Mills to the school.
  • Westbound buses along the 10 Van Horne (before about 7 p.m.) and 169A Huntingwood via Van Horne (after about 7 p.m.) routes to a stop beside #2980 Don Mills Road. Cross at the signal. Walk northward along Don Mills, then eastward along a walkway to the school.
  • Eastbound buses along the 10 Van Horne (before about 7 p.m.) and 169A Huntingwood via Van Horne (after about 7 p.m.) routes to to Don Mills Road at Godstone Road. Cross at the signal, then walk northward along Don Mills to the school.
  • Southbound York Region Transit buses along the 90 Leslie route to a stop beside #2980 Don Mills Road. Cross at the signal. Walk northward along Don Mills, then eastward along a walkway to the school.
  • Northbound YRT buses along the 90 Leslie route to Don Mills Road at Godstone Road. Cross at the signal, then walk northward along Don Mills to the school. (Buses only pick up passengers at this stop, so save these directions for after the event.)

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19 Thursday, April 19

York Mills Collegiate Institute,
490 York Mills Road,
Cafeteria.
6:30 until 8:30 p.m.
Presentation: 6:45 until 7:15 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Westbound TTC buses along the 95 York Mills, 115 Silver Hills and 122 Graydon Hall routes to York Mills Road across from Sandfield Drive, beside the school.
  • Eastbound TTC buses along the 95 York Mills, 115 Silver Hills and 122 Graydon Hall routes to York Mills Road at Sandfield Drive. Cross at the signal to the north side of York Mills and the school.

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Saturday, April 21

Thorncliffe Park Public School,
80 Thorncliffe Park Drive,
Gymnasium.
10:00 a.m. until noon.
Presentation: 10:15 until 10:45 a.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • TTC buses along the 81 Thorncliffe Park and 88A South Leaside via Overlea route to a stop on Thorncliffe Park Drive [East] beside #56. Walk northward along Thorncliffe Park to the pedestrian crossover. Cross the street to the school.
  • TTC buses along the 88 South Leaside via Wicksteed route to Thorncliffe Park Drive [East] south of Overlea Boulevard. Walk southwards to the school.

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