Public meeting today on downtown relief line

The city, TTC and Metrolinx would like your input on ways to ease congestion on the Yonge subway line

If you would like to have your say on a downtown relief line, you have a chance to share your thoughts today. 

The city, TTC and Metrolinx are holding one of four public meetings this morning at the Sheraton Centre. 

They are looking for ways to ease congestion on the Yonge subway line by connecting downtown to the Bloor-Danforth Subway line east of the Don River.

Mayoral candidates John Tory and Karen Stintz have said they see the relief line as a priority, while Olivia Chow says it should not be a 2014 election issue.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Sheraton Centre, Dominion Ballroom
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Presentation at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Riverdale Collegiate Institute
1094 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON

Time: 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

The public meeting on the Yonge Relief Network Study (Metrolinx only) will be held on:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church
10066 Yonge St,
Richmond Hill, ON

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

The public meeting on the Relief Line Project Assessment (City of Toronto/TTC only) will be held on:

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Holy Name Parish
71 Gough Avenue (one block west of Pape Station)
Toronto, ON

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Presentation at 10:00 a.m.

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  1. frankie posted on 04/05/2014 08:18 AM
    The Go line has three eastbound train routes that cross the Bloor Line and four western ones. How many times must we reinvent the wheel? Integrate the Go with the TTC and let's go. At most we need integrated payment and perhaps one of two new stops, which the Go line already knows how to build with minimum disruption and expense.

    Drop the TTC dinosaurs.
    1. Walter posted on 04/05/2014 08:57 AM
      @frankie There were 2 options for Eglinton LRT.

      1) Either build it in the middle of the road from Leslie to Kennedy and treat it like a local route. With this option, there is no need for the DRL to be built to Eglinton. A DRL only from =/- Pape to downtown will not relieve the Yonge line much at all - forecast are that in 15 years, the Yonge line will be more crowded even with a DRL than it is today.

      2) The other option was to build the Eglinton LRT as a grade-separated rapid transit line - using a south side alignment through Leslie and elevated from Don Mills to Kennedy. This would have provided a great connection to a DRL that goes to Don Mills and Eglinton.

      Sadly, our politicians voted for option 1. Thus, the logical conclusion is than no DRL should be built and the money should be used to improve the GO network in Toronto.

      The funny thing is that all the Councillors who supported option 1) did so just to spite Mayor Ford, and now that decision will result in no DRL. The other funny thing is that all these Councillor who said that the DRL is the #1 priority, kept forcing the implementation of Transit City lines on Eglinton, Sheppard, and Finch).
    2. frankie posted on 04/11/2014 11:50 AM
      @Walter Metrolinx should be asked to bring its LRT model car to city hall, so the public can see that these are smaller, oddly much taller, compartmentalized streetcar-sized train cars. My first impression was that they would be excellent for intolerant people, whom we should never accommodate, but a terrible waste of space. My preference would be for subway-sized cars wherever trains are needed, with all running below ground save and except where they have a clear right of way, that is located away from traffic.
  2. Glen posted on 04/05/2014 06:28 PM
    The Eglinton line should be strictly underground in Scarborough as it is throughout the rest of the city. No more surface rail.

    As for the DRL - A subway line that runs along King street from University (at least), moves up to Queen as needed and then to Kingston Rd out to McCowan and then straight up to (at least) the Scarborough Town Center is the right move. Even better, build it straight up to Steeles and also add a Victoria Park subway line running from this DRL to Steeles and you'll begin what's really needed, a subway grid. You want to relieve the streets and Yonge or cars and drivers, build a grid of subways. Build this DRL and have an Islington line for it to meet going west, then complete the Sheppard line out to McCowan, west to Islington via Finch.

    But nope, instead will have Scarborough made a giant mess with garbage surface rail, we'll see the downtown core get several subways, as one to Ontario Place and the other being the so called DRL that Stinz proposes and Tory seems to endorse.
  3. Frankie posted on 04/06/2014 12:41 PM
    We've had successive councillors for the last 30 years that are more concerned with plastic bags, racoons, ruining the flow of traffic, etc. than with having the intelligence to think about the future of this city.

    They think only as far as the end of their noses. They will debate and debate, and create a new hole in the ozone layer with all their BS and endless talk.

    We need to cut the councillors in half and elect intelligent people to think long ahead. Only way we'll get anywhere.

    Another example of incompetent decisions was stopping the Allen at Eglinton. I've travelled to many cities and it is beyond assinine to stop a highway in the middle of a city when there's the option to connect it to 2 highways.
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