April 2017: The City has announced a new preferred alignment for the Relief Line that will continue along Eastern Avenue and turn north on Carlaw Avenue, instead of Pape. The new recommended alignment will be going to Executive Committee on May 16th and City Council on May 24th.
Original alignment in red, new proposed alignment in blue.
April 2016: Council has asked Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat to continue studying a coordinated, network-approach transit plan that includes the the Relief Line subway. A preferred corridor from Pape Avenue to downtown via Queen Street or Richmond Street was also approved, with preferred alignment and stations to be brought to the June 28, 2016 Executive Committee meeting.
While the pressure and overcrowding at Yonge-Bloor must be addressed in the initial phase, the immediate next phase should be extending the line north to Eglinton.
March 2015: Please click here to watch a new video from Toronto’s City Planning Department about the need for a relief line and further information about the current public consultation process.
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.