MAYOR TORY HOPING TO SPEED UP WORK ON DOWNTOWN RELIEF LINE
Jan 17, 2019
By Bob Komsic
Subway riders might be able to see ‘relief’ two years earlier than planned.
City of Toronto staff have found a way to speed up work on the planned downtown relief line.
In making the announcement at Pape Station, Mayor John Tory says if approved, the proposed line could be completed in 2029 instead of 2031 as first projected.
But the cost to do so would mean adding another $162-million to this year’s transit capital budget.
Both the TTC board and city council would need to approve.
It’s estimated the line, which would run south from Bloor, along Queen Street and Eastern Avenue before turning north at Carlaw Avenue and connecting at Danforth Avenue, would divert about 2,500 commuters-per-hour from Line 1 and reduce overcrowding at Bloor-Yonge and St. George stations.