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Build The Relief Subway Line Now!

 

The Relief Line is seen on the map in red.

 

It's time to stop the endless debates. Toronto City Council has a responsibility to use honest, evidence-based and fiscally responsible transit planning rather than rhetorical political posturing. We can't keep waiting to improve transit and fight gridlock. Toronto needs the Relief Subway Line now.

 

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What is the Relief Subway Line?

The Relief Subway Line would provide an alternative to our existing subway system that’s already overcrowded during rush hours, curb gridlock on our city’s streets and increase access to jobs and attractions. It is the evidence-based subway expansion project that would most improve Toronto’s economy and residents’ quality of life.

 

While the precise route must be designed by our planners and engineers, transit experts agree that the first priority is to build a line from Pape station through the downtown to relieve the extreme overcrowding at Bloor-Yonge station created by riders coming into downtown from the east.

 

As seen on the map above, the next two phases are to extend the line north to Eglinton or west and then north to Bloor near High Park. Both should be completed but projected ridership numbers and the coming Eglinton Crosstown suggest that the northern extension serving residents from North York and Scarborough should be a higher priority.

 

The Relief Subway Line is Toronto's Real Top Transit Priority

What subway expansion project does Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig, TTC CEO Andy ByfordToronto's Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat and City Manager Joe Pennachetti all agree is Toronto's top transit priority? The Relief Subway Line.

 

This City Council term has unfortunately featured transit debates long on rhetoric and short on facts. The Relief Subway Line is the one line that most transit experts agree is not only justified by high ridership but will very shortly become necessary if we are to avoid crippling overcrowding elsewhere on the subway system and curb gridlock on Toronto’s streets.

 

Photo of crowded Bloor platform on Yonge subway line.

 

As any resident who rides the subway knows, the Yonge line is already at capacity. During rush hour at stations like Eglinton it is common to wait for two or three trains before boarding and once on, you’re crammed in like a sardine.

 

The overcrowding is most critical at Bloor-Yonge station, which is already overcrowded with another 45% increase in users expected over the next twenty years. Even with signal improvements and the new, larger trains we can’t keep ahead of this growth.

 

Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency, has identified the Relief Subway as a priority for the next phase of projects to be started within fifteen years.

 

Toronto can't wait that long.

 

Relief Subway Line infographic

 

100 Years of Delays and Inaction

The Relief Subway is a long considered transit route providing an alternative link between the suburbs and the downtown that has taken various forms in City and TTC planning documents over the past century. As early as 1910, City planners recognized the need for a 'U-shaped' line linking the eastern and western portion of the City with the core, and produced the map below.

 

Map of 1910 relief line subway plan for Toronto.

 

Plans and studies for a Relief Subway Line were also put forward in 1944, 1973, and 1985. Unfortunately, these plans have done little more than collect dust on a shelf. In their 2012 Downtown Rapid Transit report the TTC once again made the case to construct the Relief Subway Line. We cannot afford to let another opportunity leave the station.

 

Take Action Now!

Please write to the Premier of Ontario, the Minister of Transportation, and your local representatives to tell them:

 

  • You are tired of waiting for two or three trains on the overcrowded Yonge line.
  • You want a transit system that will curb gridlock by being a quality and realistic alternative to driving a car.
  • The Relief Subway will mean a faster route in and out of downtown for residents from across Toronto (including Scarborough and North York).
  • The current transit network in and out of downtown will reach capacity by 2031.
  • Tax dollars should be spent on our real transit priorities.
  • Toronto needs the Relief Subway now!

 

Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation

3rd Floor, Ferguson Block

77 Wellesley Street West

Toronto, Ontario M7A 1Z8

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Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

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Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1

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Contacting Your Local Elected Representatives

 

Toronto has 22 MPs who represent us in Ottawa and 22 MPPs who sit in the provincial legislature at Queen's Park. It is important to let your local MP and MPP know that the Relief Subway Line is an important issue to you.

 

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The Mayor and your local Toronto City Councillor need to hear from you about the importance of the Relief Subway Line too.

 

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If you don't know the name of your electoral district you can search by postal code here and if you don't know the name of your municipal ward you can search by street address here. You are also very welcome to write or call me (at 416 392 7906) for assistance contacting your local representatives.



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