Call for North York Re­lief Line re­newed

North York Post - - News - — Jes­sica Wei

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,

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