If you’ve ever had to squeeze yourself onto a packed downtown streetcar, then get ready to do a little happy dance because Toronto’s downtown subway system is in the works and we finally know where the four stops will be located.
From Osgoode to Don Yard, there will be a total of 15 stops on Toronto’s forthcoming downtown subway line, and it will span approximately 16 kilometers all the way from Exhibition Place to the Ontario Science Centre.
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The New Stops
Metrolinx has just confirmed that four more station sites will be Osgoode, Queen, Moss Park, and Corktown. The Osgoode and Queen stations will serve as transfer points on the Ontario Line while the Moss Park and Corktown stations will be the first to bring much-needed subway service to the eastern stretch of downtown.
An update on the Metrolinx website says, “We are making important progress on bringing more rapid transit to downtown Toronto with the Ontario Line,”
“The stations at Osgoode, Queen, Moss Park, and Corktown will give people fast and easy connections between the Ontario Line and other major transit routes,” it reads.
“The stations have been designed to put customers close to popular streetcar and subway routes and to develop a truly integrated transit network, making it as simple as possible to experience the city and the whole Greater Golden Horseshoe all with the simple tap of a PRESTO card.”
Linking to Line 1
The Ontario Line will link directly to Line 1 at Osgoode Station and new station entrances will be on the northeast and southwest corners of University Avenue and Queen Street. Coming to Yonge and Queen will be the vital transfer point between Line 1 and The Ontario Line. The revamped Queen station will have a whopping total of 7 entry points.
“Located in one of the city’s top spots for work, shopping and entertainment, an estimated 6,700 people are expected to transfer between the Ontario Line, Line 1 and surface routes each day during the busiest travel hour,” reads the Metrolinx update.
Helping with congestion on the 501 streetcar and 75 Sherbourne bus is the Moss Park station which is expected to be used by 7,500 people once construction is completed. Finally, the Corktown station, which will be one of the more complex stations, will connect Corktown and the Distillery District to the rest of the city. Because this area of Toronto is so dense with historic sites a Metrolinx update reveals that they’ll be ” working closely with Indigenous communities, the Ontario Heritage Trust, the City of Toronto and the public to advance those plans as part of a Heritage Interpretation and Commemoration Plan.”
As for when the Ontario Line will be completed, we’re still looking at a 2027 finish.