TORONTO — Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek and Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton are calling upon the federal government to commit its support for the Ontario Line, a new line for the Toronto subway which they say will provide better connections and reduce travel times across the city.
The project would create relief on the Yonge Line that will enable the Yonge North Subway Extension into Markham and Richmond Hill.
It would also provide an east-west and north-south travel route from the Ontario Science Centre all the way to Ontario Place.
The province nominated the Ontario Line for federal funding in May 2019 and is looking to work with the federal government through the summer to secure conditional federal support for the project while work is done on the full business case analysis, states a government release issued June 3.
The Ontario Line subway — which will cost an estimated $10.9 billion and could be open by 2027 — builds on the existing plans for the Downtown Relief Line South and will provide connections to other transit and transportation options like GO Transit, streetcars, bus routes and major roads.
According to the Ministry of Transportation, the 15-kilometre Ontario Line will be longer and more effective — and open sooner — than the Downtown Relief Line South and have 30 per cent more capacity and more frequent trains than the current Yonge Line.