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Ontario Line LIVE – Learn more about the project in your community, a year-end review and what’s next – November 23, 2021

On November 23, 2021, Metrolinx hosted a virtual presentation and live Q&A about the work completed this past year to bring you better, faster and easier transit with the Ontario Line with over 400 live attendees. The presentation featured a project-wide year-end review and lookahead for the upcoming year for all stations across the Ontario Line.

During the virtual open house, we answered top-voted questions submitted by registrants, as well as live questions from participants using a call-in option. Participants asked a variety of questions related to community engagements, supports for businesses, accessibility, traffic and road impacts, and more. We’ll be posting responses to questions on the event page as soon as possible.

For those who weren’t able to join us, you’ll find the video recording below. We’re looking forward to holding many more meetings in the future.




6:30PM: Meeting Begins/Opening Remarks

6:35PM: Presentation: Ontario Line year-end review

7:00PM: Questions and Answers (pre-submitted questions)

7:30PM: Questions and Answers (call-in questions via Zoom)

7:55PM: Wrap up and Closing Remarks

Meet the Speakers

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Richard Tucker

Vice President, Subway Project Delivery, Ontario Line

Photo of Malcolm MacKay

Malcolm MacKay

Program Sponsor, Ontario Line

Natasha Jailal<br />

Natasha Jailal

Senior Manager, Property Acquisition


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James Francis

Manager, Environmental Programs and Assessment Team

Franca ​Di Giovanni​

Franca ​Di Giovanni​

Director of Community Engagement, Subways

Format & Accessibility

Questions will be answered based on popularity (total votes). We aim to answer all questions.

Please review and note that conduct inconsistent with our policies will result in removal.

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Anonymous's avatar

Given that you are imposing the maintenance yard AND refusing to put the alignment either on Banigan or underground to completely avoid residential homes on Overlea Blvd. (despite alternate community suggestions)...what real concessions are you giving the Thorncliffe Community given that it is bearing the worst consequences of this Ontario Line?!

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 12, 2021 - 16:07

Can please give an example of a meaningful change that you have made to the plans/designs for the Ontario Line based on the feedback provided by the community.

It feels like you are offering us options of colour and aesthetic, but the bottom line is that the substantive concerns that we raise here are more or less being ignored.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 14, 2021 - 02:26

With the Maintenance Storage Facility being built in the Thorncliffe Park area, is there a business plan on how to relocate the business to remain in the area as well?

Anonymous's avatar

Will it cut across the land owned by 1 Leaside Park Drive ? Will it be elevated or at street level ? Is elevated it makes no sense for the climate in Toronto.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 14, 2021 - 02:25

I was wondering if we have an idea of what the station designs will look like at stations like Science Centre Station, Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park Stations?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 14, 2021 - 02:35

When is the earliest that construction will begin on the Ontario Line?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 18, 2021 - 23:43

With the EGLRT being west before even the construction is completed will we see same here? We need the OL to go more up north. Eglinton is not enough and we need it go all the way to Steeles at least. Can you provide information on the OL Extension paths for the north component i.e. is up Don Mills the only option? or up DVP? or up VP? or up Leslie

Anonymous's avatar

Good day Dear, Metrolinx Liaison officer (s)
Thank you so much for the invitation to attend
Ontario Line Virtual Open House:
I am taking this opportunity to submit the question for Expropriation of 4 Thorncliff Park Drive property full chronology of events so far.
When was the very first time IST was made aware of an Expropriation? Thx

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 19, 2021 - 16:56

I am very concerned about your statement regarding Flagging property that you may require to expropriate during this project.
When will you be able to give us the dimension for your Transit Corridor Lands, so this will give us a better feeling as to whether our property is in your way.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 11:50

After receiving over 10000 signatures from community members objecting to the proposed train yard in Thorncliffe Park, what measures have you taken to view alternate locations? At what point do the voice of 10000+ individuals start to matter? Any response to the numerous propositions made by SaveTPark?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 12:24

We don't want the train yard in Thorncliffe and do not like the big buildings that Save TPark wants. Put the people first, developers last.

Anonymous's avatar

Would you consider opening perhaps Pape to Osgoode first? or you will open the whole line at once no ifs, buts or whatever else. Has your team considered opening different parts separately?? Is that off the table completely?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 10:04

I have heard horrible rumours that the station at Cosburn and Pape will be tearing down all of the buildings from Cosburn to Gamble. You have already removed the gas station and stores that were at Gamble and Pape. My pharmacy is in this block and is a crucial part of this neighbourhood. Also, there has been renovations done.

Anonymous's avatar

...during construction along Queen and Sherbourne? Will businesses be able to remain open along Queen? If so will accessible paths even for wheelchairs be put into place and maintained regularly?
Construction creates dust and debris, how will this be mitigated? Will it be cleaned on a regular basis?

Anonymous's avatar

With Toronto in serious contention to be a world cup host for the 2026 FIFA world cup, how will plans for Ontario Line impact transit at Exhibition, especially for fans that will arrive from around the world?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 01:08

Considering the North Extension up Don Mills from DM/EG will be elevated... Is there a possibility Metrolinx commences planning for an extension sooner rather than later since it will likely be much simpler with no tunnelling needed... If so how North you think it can make it Steeles, Finch or Sheppard? Thx

Anonymous's avatar

Nov 23, 2021 - 12:07

Will tunnelling under Queen St W from University Ave. To Spadina Ave. totally rip up the street disrupting walk by and traffic. Or will it be deep in the ground underneath? If it is being ripped up, how long will it be for?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 16:58

The station locations posted appear to affect several large mature trees at the corner of Queen and University - can this entrance be moved to avoid this?

Anonymous's avatar

and below ground? specifically south of the Danforth? Better communication required as we received the invite for virtual open house Nov 23 on the 23rd of NOV.

Anonymous's avatar

Nov 23, 2021 - 13:49

Will the trains be low-floor or high-floor?

Anonymous's avatar

Nov 14, 2021 - 20:39

When will homeowners being expropriated learn more about timing and process?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 17:03

The station location seems to show the loss of several storefronts on Queen beside the western station entrance. Can this be prevented?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 17:05

What is being done to protect the community from displacement as the neighborhood changes?

Anonymous's avatar

Why can the north section from Thorncliffe to Science Centre not be put underground? The raised track looks very ugly and will destroy the aesthetic quality of Overlea and Don Mills Rd. Also, if it's underground won't it last a lot longer than the raised tracks?

Anonymous's avatar

Why was the 2nd most voted question asking about actual concessions specific to Thorncliffe Pk completely ignored? Despite the claim that the Thorncliffe Community welcomes the OL - the community wants responsible transit growth but NOT the current plans. This is evidenced by the huge rejection of the OL design in Thorncliffe on your media posts.

Anonymous's avatar

Nov 22, 2021 - 18:38

Is it true that these vehicles will not be manned with transit employees, or is it merely no drivers? I ask because I'd like some clarity around response times when issues or delays inevitably occur, such as responding to issues like door jams, or should more seriously should customers pull alarms for assistance, or an emergency egress be required.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 14:48

Why do you upload the power point literally minutes before the presentation. Some people have accessibility issues and to ensure equality for all participants can you commit to posting the presentation materials the night before to allow us to review it and be prepared for discussion. Some of us are slower in comprehending. Can u upload night be4?

Anonymous's avatar

The previous version of the line had a stop called Sumach which was going to serve the Regent Park area. Which are the reasons at the core of this change?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 18:50

What is the estimated impact on commute times be for riders taking the Queen Streetcar while it is diverted for 4.5 years?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 15, 2021 - 12:14

How is Metrolinx protecting the OL to political drama. Ford will win based on all the polling & his work for the everyday people, Both the NDP/Liberals have come out & said they will not cancel any shovel ready projects. What if the Liberals/NDP are lying & somehow win the election & cancel the OL or change considerable portions leading to delays?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 01:05

As you are aware the Fifa 2026 Olympics will be held in 2026 at Exhibition Place BMO Field. Will the Ontario Line team fast track this project to get it complete in time. Perhaps having the south civil operational from Pape to BMO but I guess the MSF is in Thorncliffe Park so the whole line has to be operational in order for it to function correct?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 19:12

And we are excited to have access to so many great parts of the City. Please build as soon as possible.
But we don't support the P3 construction methodology. Too bad Mx couldn't build with Design, Build, Bid - best for taxpayers.
But, we support this project.

Anonymous's avatar

Nov 14, 2021 - 02:32

I was wondering what the subway cars are going to look like and how fast can they go?

Anonymous's avatar

With Relief Line South the area south of Pape Station to Broadview (East Harbour) was underground while with the Ontario Line it is elevated along the Go lines. When the Relief Line was studies, did they factor in how they were go to go over or under the DVP and the Don River to get to Downtown? Just Curious?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 20, 2021 - 10:04

You are planning to take over the dog park at Gerrard and Carlaw during construction. Where will the temporary dog park be? We already have a problem in the community with people letting their dogs off leash in Jimmie Simpson Park. That is not allowed. You need to have an alternative near Gerrard and Carlaw. Details please.

Anonymous's avatar

Will the tunnels be dug without having to excavate the streets at Queen and Spadina?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 15:35

Is there a plan to allow development on the lands of existing and future subway stations?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 21:56

Ontario Line is great to have. Going to the Exhibition Center nonstop would be amazing. Now, both ends of the line are pretty scientific and using the first magnetic levitation trains (in North America?) would make it a news sensation! Also, I would volunteer for the construction should there be such an opportunity. Thanks!