Why is the Relief Line North needed?
As Toronto continues to grow, our transit system is feeling the pressure of increased demand. The Relief Line South will go a long way towards improving the situation. But more is needed: congestion is projected to continue, - especially on Line 1 Yonge north of Bloor - leaving residents without comfortable, fast and reliable transportation options. The Relief Line North will provide another travel alternative, divert demand from Line 1 Yonge and at the existing Bloor-Yonge and future Eglinton stations, and provide greater transit capacity to downtown. This means better connections to key destinations across the City, better access to businesses and jobs, and shorter, more comfortable transit commutes.
The aim of the Relief Line North Project Assessment is to:
Optimize the transportation network
Line 1 Yonge is the busiest transit line in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area and currently operates over capacity during peak travel times. As the Toronto region continues to grow, Line 1 will only get busier – meaning we need more ways to get people to where they want to go. A continuation of Relief Line South, travelling north – from Pape Station – will provide more capacity and reduce overcrowding, helping to improve the performance of the entire regional transportation network.
Connect people and places
Relief Line North will provide improved transit access for more communities not yet served by rapid transit, helping to create connected places and better connect people with urban centres, employment nodes and regional destinations. Expanding rapid transit services north from Pape Station with the goal of connecting to existing/ future rapid transit, such as Line 5 Eglinton and Line 4 Sheppard, will provide a new and necessary north-south connection through the City and add to the growing network of rapid transit in Toronto.
Improve experience, health and environment
As the population grows so will transit wait times, traffic and congestion. The Relief Line North will make more space to ease crowding on existing transit lines, helping to make travel by transit in Toronto more reliable, safe and enjoyable. Rapid transit options reduce per trip greenhouse gas emissions, provide an alternative to car use and are a more active form of transportation helping to protect our environment and our health.
Grow with the region
By 2041, the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, 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. With Toronto's downtown core continuing to be the largest employment hub in Canada, the Relief Line North, together with the Relief Line South, will provide an alternative rapid transit route that is fast and convenient, allowing commuters to bypass the busy Bloor-Yonge station interchange and the congestion of the Yonge Subway – put simply, it will help more people get to work (and play) faster.