It’s official, friends! Toronto’s new Ontario Line is now being built, starting with the very first subway station at Exhibition Place. The station will be one of 15 stops on the 15.6 km transit route, which will extend from the southernmost end of the city all the way to the Science Centre.
Work began on Exhibition Station this past Sunday and the line itself will not open to the public until at least 2030 — however, this timeline is set to be updated.
When the new line is up and running, it is set to reduce crowds at Union Station by as much as 14% during its busiest hour when it’s coupled with a GO train line at East Harbour.
Renderings released by the provincial government show what Exhibition Station will look like when it’s complete.
The Ontario Line will also connect to over 40 existing transit routes, including GO train lines, TTC and streetcar lines, and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.
A map provided by Metrolinx shows where the Ontario Line stations will be built, with colours to indicate which sections of the new route will be under and above ground.
“This project will be a game changer for the city and region and is a key part of our plan to build the roads, bridges, highways and transit needed to move our economy forward,” said Premier Doug Ford at Sunday’s groundbreaking.
During rush hour, the province says that trains will arrive every 90 seconds to keep things moving as quickly as possible.
It is set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 14,000 tonnes annually and cut fuel consumption by 7 million litres a year.
If all of this means we’ll have more legroom on the train and a few minutes to spare for a coffee before work, we’re definitely here for it.