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The Ontario Line - Neighbourhood Updates - North

The following maps show refinements to the alignment, or route of the line, and the proposed location of station platforms. Station entrance buildings and initial designs will be shared as new information is available. Teams have been studying how to speed up delivery, reduce building costs, minimize community impacts and improve connections for customers.

map of the North segment of the Ontario line

The northern portion of the Ontario Line will offer connections to both the Line 2 subway and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, along with many bus routes in between. It will extend rapid transit service to the densely populated Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park neighbourhoods, reducing commute times and congestion for local residents. For example, a trip from Thorncliffe Park to King and Bay that currently takes 42 minutes is expected to take 26 minutes.

map of the Pape station
  1. Connecting to Line 2 at Pape Station, the Ontario Line brings customers to the vibrant Greektown neighbourhood and its many restaurants, shops and markets, rich in culture and hospitality. By positioning the Ontario Line station out of the street and straddling Line 2, impacts to area traffic during construction are reduced and customers will have smoother transfers between the lines once the Ontario Line is operational.

By giving Line 2 riders another way to get downtown, the Ontario Line is expected to reduce overcrowding at Bloor-Yonge Station by 19%. It is also expected to reduce crowding on the busiest section of Line 2 by 22%.

Work is anticipated to begin after financial close for the Northern Civil, Stations and Tunnel procurement package.

Due to the complex nature of constructing this interchange station, some work may be advanced as early works.

map of the Corburn station
  1. Arriving at Cosburn, the subway brings customers to Pape Village and East York. By positioning the station west of the street, fewer of the buried utilities will need to be relocated, including the recently upgraded water main. While the property requirements for this approach are comparable to what would have been needed if the station were built directly under the street, imposing fewer construction impacts on area traffic is an added benefit. Property requirements are still being finalized. Metrolinx will only acquire property necessary for the project and strive to minimize the impacts of construction.

Work is anticipated to begin after financial close for the Northern Civil, Stations and Tunnel procurement package.

map of the Don Valley Crossing

This underground section will emerge from the southern embankment of the Don Valley at Minton Place, west of the Leaside Bridge, on an elevated structure that will connect it to Thorncliffe Park and points north.

Using modern bridge construction techniques, the visual and environmental impacts of the structure will be minimized.

Conceptual rendering of Don Valley crossing

Conceptual rendering of Don Valley crossingConceptual renderings of Don Valley crossing

Work is anticipated to begin after financial close for the Northern Civil, Stations and Tunnel procurement package.

map of the line segment containing the Thorncliffe Park station

Conceptual rendering of elevated guidewayConceptual rendering of elevated guideway

  1. After crossing the valley, the Ontario Line crosses Millwood Road and runs along Overlea Boulevard on an elevated guideway. This is possible because of the wider street layout, and it avoids the need for disruptive tunnelling activities.
  2. The station located at Thorncliffe Park Drive brings higher-order transit to a community that is expected to grow significantly in the years to come.
  3. Instead of the original plan to proceed along Overlea Boulevard after the station, the Ontario Line will turn to the north and run adjacent to the nearby hydro corridor, on its way north which reduces community impacts and is a better fit for the neighbourhood.
  4. The guideway will feature a design that fits into its surroundings. Concepts will be shared in the coming months.

Work is anticipated to begin after financial close for the Northern Civil, Stations and Tunnel procurement package.

Metrolinx is exploring sites in the area to determine where it could situate a maintenance and storage facility for the line, which needs to accommodate 200 trains at opening and up to 250 trains to support future growth. As teams finalize plans for where this important facility will be located, they will engage with property owners from different areas to help select a site that minimizes community impacts while fulfilling the technical requirements for much-needed Ontario Line service.

image of a representative rendering of the Eglinton Crosstown Maintenance and Storage FacilityRepresentative rendering - Eglinton Crosstown Maintenance and Storage Facility

Work is anticipated to begin after financial close for the Rolling Stock, Systems, Operations and Maintenance procurement package.

map of the segment of the line serving the Flemingdon Park community
  1. From the Maintenance and Storage Facility, the line continues along the elevated guideway, turning north at Don Mills Road to a station that serves the Flemingdon Park community. The station, located on the west side of Don Mills just north of Gateway Boulevard, has been positioned in an existing parking lot to reduce community impacts.

This station will help meet an already significant demand for transit. On weekdays, 28,900 TTC riders take the 25 Don Mills bus – the seventh-most used regular bus route in the city – and 12,800 take the 100 Flemingdon Park bus.

Work is anticipated to begin after financial close for the Northern Civil, Stations and Tunnel procurement package.

map of the line segment containing the Science Center
  1. A new transit hub at the Science Centre Station will connect the Ontario Line to the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and frequent local and express bus services from the north. The station is elevated, located at the northeast side of Don Mills Road. This positioning will allow for better integration with the future TTC bus terminal at this site and potential future extension of the Ontario Line to the north.
  2. Tail tracks, north of the stations, will provide space for the storage of vehicles and protect for future expansion.

Work is anticipated to begin after financial close for the Northern Civil, Stations and Tunnel procurement package.

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