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The Ontario Line - Neighbourhood Updates - North

The following maps show the alignment, or route of the line, and the proposed location of station platforms. Station structures, entrance locations and initial design concepts will be shared as further design work is completed. Teams continue to study how to 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 40 minutes is expected to take 25 minutes.

map of the Pape station

 

Pape Station will make it easier to get to the vibrant Greektown neighbourhood and its many restaurants, shops and markets. Experiencing the rich culture and hospitality along the Danforth will be more convenient than ever thanks to the connection to Line 2. The station will be within a short 10-minute walk for 12,700 residents and connect people to the 3,700 jobs the area will support by 2041.

Pape Station will open up new travel options for 9,100 riders who will transfer between the Ontario Line and Line 2 during the busiest travel hour. By giving Line 2 riders another way to get downtown, the Ontario Line is expected to reduce crowding at Bloor-Yonge Station by 22 per cent during the busiest travel. It is also expected to reduce crowding on the busiest section of Line 2 by 21 per cent during the busiest travel hour.

By positioning the Ontario Line station out of the street and straddling Line 2, impacts to area traffic during construction will be reduced and customers will have smoother transfers between the lines once the Ontario Line is up and running.

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.

Stats & Facts*

  • 12,700 people within walking distance to the station
  • 10,200 customers will use the station during the busiest travel hour (7,500 getting on and 2,700 getting off the Ontario Line)
  • 9,100 transfers during the busiest travel hour
  • 3,700 jobs in the area

*Forecast for the year 2041

map of the Cosburn station

The Ontario Line will bring customers to Pape Village and East York thanks to a new station at Cosburn and Pape. A total of 10,300 people will be within a short 10-minute walk of the station by 2041 and roughly 2,600 people will use the station during the busiest travel hour, with 1,200 of those riders transferring to and from surface-level transit.

By positioning Cosburn 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, an added benefit is that there will be fewer impacts to area traffic.

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

Stats & Facts*

  • 10,300 people within walking distance to the station
  • 2,600 customers will use the station during the busiest travel hour (2,200 getting on and 400 getting off the Ontario Line)
  • 1,200 transfers during the busiest travel hour
  • 1,300 jobs in the area

*Forecast for the year 2041

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.

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

After crossing the Don Valley, the Ontario Line will cross Millwood Road and run along Overlea Boulevard on an elevated guideway that will be designed to fit nicely with its surroundings and create opportunities for new public space underneath. This is possible because of the wider street layout, and it avoids the need for disruptive tunnelling activities. Metrolinx will seek community input on designs as part ongoing consultations.

The station located at Thorncliffe Park Drive brings higher-order transit to a community that has been historically underserved by transit. The station and the elevated tracks will be completely separated from vehicles and pedestrians to provide reliable, safe service. An estimated 12,800 people will be to walk to Thorncliffe Park Station in 10 minutes or less by 2041. The new station will also bring people closer to roughly 3,000 jobs in the area.

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

Stats & Facts*

  • 12,800 people within walking distance to the station
  • 3,100 customers will use the station during the busiest travel hour (2,100 getting on and 1,100 getting off the Ontario Line)
  • 500 transfers during the busiest travel hour
  • 3,000 jobs in the area

*Forecast for the year 2041

The Ontario Line’s maintenance and storage facility will be located in the southeast portion of the Leaside Business Park.

This will be the beating heart of the Ontario Line, where trains will be housed, maintained, and serviced each day. In order to provide the congestion relief, the city needs a site of 175,000 square metres – about the size of 24 soccer fields. This will accommodate as many as 200 train cars at opening and up to 250 train cars to support future growth.

Site selection

We studied the following nine options in close collaboration with City of Toronto staff. No vacant land exists in the city to accommodate a maintenance and storage facility. All options required significant property acquisitions and would have impacted many jobs.

nine locations under consideration for msf site

  • Site 1 – Wicksteed: Large enough; location close to the main line; would require relocation of significant number of jobs/businesses, some of which may not be able to relocate within the city.
  • Site 2 – Overlea: Large enough; location close to the main line; would require relocation of significant number of jobs.
  • Site 3 – Leaside: Large enough; would require relocation of critical services (Canada Post distribution centre) and significant number of jobs; would require permanent road closure/diversion and larger land area to accommodate the additional length needed for underpass/overpass to cross CP rail corridor.
  • Site 4 – Flemingdon hydro corridor: Not large enough; would require relocation of hydro power lines and permanent road diversion; would impact community park space.
  • Site 5 – Science Centre: Not large enough; poor location near major interchange between Ontario Line and Eglinton Crosstown LRT; would impact plans underway for mixed-use development, including affordable housing and new school.
  • Site 6 – Celestica: Poor location near major interchange between Ontario Line and Eglinton Crosstown LRT; would impact advanced plans for mixed-use development, including affordable housing and major new municipal community centre.
  • Site 7 – Wynford: Not close to main line; would require relocation of significant number of jobs, businesses/ community organizations; higher operational costs.
  • Site 8 – Railside: Would require relocation of several places of worship, significant number of jobs/businesses, community centre; farther from Ontario Line, requiring additional track and tunnel portal or bridge; higher capital and operational costs.
  • Site 9 – Greenwood Yard: Not large enough; would have major impacts on TTC operations during and after construction; would lead to schedule delays and significant cost increases.

After extensive study, a hybrid of sites 1 and 2 in the southeast portion of the Leaside Business Park was chosen because our studies showed that it kept permanent job impacts to a minimum while meeting all of the technical needs for the project:

  • is already zoned for industrial use;
  • is close to the main line, making it quick and easy for trains to go in and out of service; and
  • is large enough to meet future needs.

At the same time, we were confident that we could help relocate impacted businesses, community organizations and jobs within the community or nearby, and that’s something we’re still confident about. More below.

map of maintenance and storage facility

Minimizing impacts to business and community organizations

We know how vital local businesses and community organizations are to the fabric of this city and we will do all we can to ensure they have the supports they need to continue to thrive. We are working one-on-one with impacted small businesses and organizations to help them relocate within the neighbourhood or nearby, wherever possible. Their continued success is very important to us.

Our guiding principle is to minimize impacts to businesses, organizations, employees and residents as we bring quick and reliable transit to the community.

Learn more about Metrolinx’s property acquisition process.

Engaging with the community

As teams continue to advance plans for the stations, elevated guideways and maintenance and storage facility in the area, there will be numerous opportunities for community members to share feedback through environmental assessments and numerous community meetings.

representative photo of Eglinton Crosstown MSFRepresentative photo: Eglinton Crosstown maintenance and storage facility (2018)

Work on the facility is anticipated to begin in 2023, after a contract is awarded for the Rolling Stock, Systems, Operations and Maintenance package of work.

map of the segment of the line serving the Flemingdon Park community

From the Maintenance and Storage Facility, the line will continue 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, will be positioned in what is currently a parking lot to reduce community impacts.

Flemingdon Park Station will help meet an already significant demand for transit in the neighbourhood it serves. The 25 Don Mills bus route that serves the Flemingdon Park area is today the seventh most-used bus line in Toronto – an estimated 28,900 TTC riders take this bus every weekday to get where they need to go.

The station at Flemingdon Park will put 9,700 people and 2,600 jobs within a 10-minute walk of the Ontario Line by 2041. Work is anticipated to begin after financial close for the Northern Civil, Stations and Tunnel procurement package.

Stats & Facts*

  • 9,700 people within walking distance to the station
  • 2,800 customers will use the station during the busiest travel hour (1,700 getting on and 1,100 getting off the Ontario Line)
  • 100 transfers during the busiest travel hour
  • 2,600 jobs in the area

*Forecast for the year 2041

map of the line segment containing the Science Center

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.

Customers will be able to access both the Eglinton Crosstown and the Ontario Line from entrances at both the southwest and northeast corners of Don Mills & Eglinton. Underground passages will provide an alternative to crossing the intersection at street level.

For customers transferring from the Ontario Line to the Eglinton Crosstown, escalators and elevators will provide accessible, indoor connections between the two lines as well as access to the bus terminal.

The new Science Centre transit hub will connect people across the transit network with new opportunities for employment – an estimated 9,200 jobs will be within walking distance of the station by 2041. About 3,600 people will transfer between the Ontario Line and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT at the station during the busiest travel hour, with another 1,400 transfers to and from local buses.

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.

Stats & Facts*

  • 8,000 people within walking distance to station
  • 5,800 customers will use the station during the busiest travel hour (3,600 getting on and 2,200 getting off the Ontario Line)
  • 3,600 transfers to/from the Eglinton Crosstown LRT during the busiest travel hour, and 1,400 from local buses
  • 9,200 jobs in the area

*Forecast for the year 2041

For more detail, visit Metrolinx News.

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