Call for North York Relief Line renewed
is about $4.3 billion less than the Downtown Relief Line, yet it serves the same purpose of moving people off the Yonge Line and across the city to the University line.”
The Yonge Line is projected to be at capacity by 2031, with a heavier ridership once the approved Yonge Subway Extension to Richmond Hill is built.
However, councillor Josh Colle, chair of the TTC, doesn’t believe this motion has reopened significant discussion of a NYRL.
“Every time we debate a transit line, somebody moves other ones to be examined,” said Colle. “What we need to do as a city is to advance the projects that are already underway and funded. Doesn’t mean we can’t continue to examine things in a secondary way, but we have to move the ones we know forward.” Tucked into the transit debates at Toronto City Council in May over the Downtown Relief Line and the Yonge Subway Extension to Richmond Hill was a motion by Ward 10 councillor James Pasternak with a plan for a North York Relief Line (NYRL).
The NYRL would connect Sheppard station on the Yonge Line with the newly named Sheppard West station.
Council passed a motion requesting that the TTC and the City of Toronto’s city planning department prepare a cost benefit analysis weighing the cost of the Downtown Relief Line, which would run off Pape station south to Queen Street, against the cost of the NYRL.
“The objective of both proposals is to take pressure off the Yonge line,” said Pasternak. “It’s my argument that the North York Relief Line, at about $2.5 billion,