Public Meetings Round 1 - Display Boards
Three (3) Public Meetings were held as part of Round 1 Consultation:
- Wednesday April 18, 2018 at George Vanier Secondary School
- Thursday April 19, 2018 at York Mills Collegiate Institute
- Saturday April 21, 2018 at Thorncliffe Park Public School
The content of the main display boards available at the public meetings was transcribed below for accessibility purposes. Please note that information was also available about the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan and the City’s Future Rapid Transit Network. If you would like to receive a PDF of the display boards or have any questions about them, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you require further accommodation to access any of this content, please call us at 416-338-1065.
The city is growing, and so is our rapid transit network. The City of Toronto, TTC and Metrolinx are planning the Relief Line to relieve crowding on Line 1 Yonge and provide more travel options to transit riders throughout Toronto. The Relief Line is being studied in two parts: Relief Line North and Relief Line South.
RELIEF LINE NORTH
- Alignment and stations to be determined through study now being initiated
- First round of engagement happening now
RELIEF LINE SOUTH
- TPAP being initiated in April 2018
- Design underway for 8 stations from Osgoode to Pape
- Conceptual design & costing underway
- Draft Environmental Project Report 90% complete
- Report back to Council late 2019
- City Council approves Yonge North Extension EA (contingent on Relief Line)
- City/TTC begin study to determine need for Relief Line
- TTC's Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study concludes that Relief Line and GO improvements will help ease crowding
- Relief Line identified as "Next Wave" of transit projects in Metrolinx's Big Move plan
- Relief Line identified by Metrolinx as a priority for future transit investments
- Relief Line South Project Assessment launches
- City/TTC begin plans for preferred route and station locations for the Relief Line South
- Metrolinx's Yonge Relief Network Study recommends a subway from Downtown to Don Mills Station
- Metrolinx Board gives direction to advance planning of Relief Line South, Yonge Subway Extension, and assess a northerly extension of the Relief Line
- City Council approves:
- Relief Line South Initial Business Case
- Preferred Alignment for Relief Line South (Pape to Downtown via Queen/Eastern) subject to assessment of an additional alignment west of Pape
- City Council:
- Approves Carlaw alignment for Relief Line South between Gerrard and Queen
- Authorizes commencing TPAP, proceeding with conceptual design
- Authorizes developing an initial business case for Relief Line North
- The Relief Line North Project Team begins work to identify the route alignment and station locations
Current Crowding on line 1 Yonge:
The aim of the Relief Line North project assessment is to:
Line 1 currently operates over capacity during peak travel times. 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.
Improve experience, health and environment
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.
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.
Grow with the Region
By 2041, the GTHA, which had a population of nearly 7 million in 2016, is expected to grow to over 10 million people and 4.8 million jobs.
The study area will likely be reduced as the study progresses and corridor options are refined.
Using the study area map as a reference, tell us about:
- Where you travel in this area
- Where you have difficulty getting to in this area
Click here for an enlarged map with additional details on the potential station areas.
How were these station areas identified?
Potential station areas were identified based on:
Major transit network connections:
- Existing transit network (TTC and GO)
- Future transit networks
- 2041 Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- City of Toronto’s 15 Year Rapid Transit Network Plan
Locations of major activity:
- Key destinations
- Higher densities
- Existing planning regulations in the City’s Official Plan
Click here for an enlarged map with additional details on the long list of corridor options.
How were these corridors identified?
Corridors were identified by:
- Connecting potential station areas; and
- Serving communities with significant existing ridership
A total of six corridors were identified going north from Pape station on Pape avenue:
- Bayview to Finch Station
- Don Mills to Leslie Station via GO corridor
- Don Mills to Sheppard Avenue East
- Don Mills to Victoria Park
- Victoria Park via O’Connor
Your feedback on the long list of corridors will be considered to develop the short list of corridors.
A high level evaluation of the long list of station areas and corridors will be conducted to narrow the options for the Relief Line North. The following steps will be taken:
Station areas will be evaluated based on impacts to:
- Natural heritage areas, environmentally sensitive areas, parkland and/or open spaces
- Flood plains
- Land uses
Corridors will be evaluated based on:
- Ability to relieve congestion
- Ability to provide continuous service north of Pape Station
- Connections to the existing and future transit network
- Feasibility based on engineering standards
- Ability to accommodate a Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) for vehicles
- The short list of corridors
Question: Is there anything else you would like us to consider?
The Relief Line North short list of corridors will be evaluated using the following criteria:
Click here for an enlarged graphic with additional details on the evaluation criteria.
What do you think about the evaluation criteria?
Is there anything else you would like us to consider in the evaluation of the potential corridor options?
The Project Team will review feedback received during the first round of public consultation and consider all comments and questions related to the corridor options before moving into the next round of consultation.