In August 2019 the Province enacted Regulation 248/19, which resulted in the Relief Line South, Relief Line North, Scarborough Subway Extension, and Yonge North Subway Extension all becoming projects solely under the jurisdiction of Metrolinx.
The regulations also replaced the TTC’s Relief Line South (approved in 2017) and planning for the Relief Line North with Metrolinx’s Ontario Line.
Under these new Provincial regulations the City and the TTC could no longer legally do any work on the Relief Line – further delaying the much needed transit infrastructure.
In September 2019, MPP Peter Tabuns and I held a meeting with community members concerned about the above ground portion of the Ontario Line which is proposed to run along the GO tracks from Eastern to Gerard, as well as the northern section at Pape & the DVP which is yet to be planned. There are a lot of concerns about noise, vibration, safety, impacts businesses, parks and green spaces along the GO corridor and concerns about the location and impact of the new bridge at the top of Pape Avenue.
Peter and I held a Community Action Meeting to organize our community’s response to the Ontario Line on January 15, 2020. Metrolinx also hosted a series of Open Houses in late January/early February 2020.
We will continue to keep you updated.
You can also visit Metrolinx’s Ontario Line website here: http://www.metrolinx.com/en/greaterregion/projects/ontario-line.aspx
Upcoming Metrolinx Public Open Houses
Wednesday, February 5th, 2020
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Estonian House, 958 Broadview Avenue
News Release – January 29, 2020
Council and Province move forward on transit partnership
Today, City Council approved an update on discussions with the Province of Ontario regarding their four priority transit projects: The Ontario Line, Line 2 East Extension, (three-stop expansion of Line 2 into Scarborough), Yonge North Subway Extension and Eglinton Crosstown West Extension.
Both governments are absolutely committed to working together to expand transit in Toronto.
Staff recommendations are outlined in the Toronto-Ontario Transit Partnership – Status Update report. The report is an update on the negotiations of various agreements with the Province and information regarding the proposed acceleration measures that will enhance the Province’s ability to meet committed timelines for transit construction. City Council amendments to the staff report are outlined in this preliminary decision document http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2020.EX12.3
The City and Province have completed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Transit Oriented Development. This MOU establishes a series of shared objectives and identifies the roles and responsibilities for the City and Province for these four priority transit projects.
A preliminary agreement with the Province, formalizing a series of terms previously approved by Council is expected to be finalized by the end of March.
The City continues to work with the Province on its proposed acceleration measures and to explore opportunities to expedite the delivery of the transit projects.
The Province has provided a Statement of Intent to the City, which is a high-level overview of goals/objectives, and a commitment to continued consultation and engagement with the City.
Metrolinx has begun public consultations on the Ontario Line and the Line 2 East Extension. More information about these consultations can be found at http://www.metrolinx.com/en/greaterregion/projects/Default.aspx