Bayview needs a re­lief line

Jaye Robin­son Ward 25 Coun­cil­lor

Bayview Post - - News -

At Toronto City Coun­cil this spring, we voted to move ahead with plan­ning and de­sign work on the Down­town Re­lief line.

Each and ev­ery day I hear from res­i­dents frus­trated by the over­crowd­ing and de­lays on the Yonge line, es­pe­cially at York Mills, Lawrence and Eglinton sta­tions. As a tran­sit user, I’ve also ex­pe­ri­enced th­ese prob­lems first-hand.

The Down­town Re­lief line has now been di­vided into two projects: the Re­lief Line South (from Pape sta­tion south to Queen Street) and the Re­lief Line North (from Pape Sta­tion to Eglinton or Shep­pard Av­enue).

Al­though plan­ning on the Re­lief line to date has fo­cused on the south­ern piece, I’m pleased to share that the city is kick-start­ing plan­ning work on the Re­lief Line North pro­ject and will de­liver an ini­tial busi­ness case in early 2018.

To help move this plan­ning for­ward, I tabled a mo­tion ask­ing staff to de­velop a ro­bust com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion plan, con­sider nam­ing the new tran­sit line the Don Mills line and look at build­ing up to the Shep­pard line to max­i­mize tran­sit con­nec­tiv­ity.

In the mean­time, to deal with the cur­rent ca­pac­ity prob­lems on the Yonge line, I’ve pushed Toronto Tran­sit Com­mis­sion staff to re­port on what ef­forts are un­der­way to im­prove ser­vice and re­li­a­bil­ity, in­clud­ing the sta­tus of the Au­to­matic Train Con­trol (ATC) pro­ject. This pro­ject in­volves up­dat­ing the sig­nalling sys­tem so that the speed of and sep­a­ra­tion be­tween trains will be con­trolled au­to­mat­i­cally, which could im­prove train ca­pac­ity and shorten wait times.

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