We may still be waiting for the anticipated Eglinton Crosstown LRT, but more public transit plans are officially in the works. The Ontario Line will be a game-changer for commuters all over the city and beyond.
The 15-stop Ontario Line will extend 15.6-kilometres from Exhibition/Ontario Place to the Ontario Science Centre, according to the provincial government.
It will offer more than 40 transit connections to other TTC subway, bus, streetcar, and GO Transit lines, “linking communities from east to west, north to south.”
On Thursday, the province announced a major milestone in the Ontario Line’s advancement — a major contract has been awarded to design and build the modern, tech-packed trains.
“The trains will be packed with the latest technology and feature onboard Wi-Fi, digital passenger information screens, charging points, dedicated spaces for bicycles, double wheelchair areas, and continuous, connected cars,” says a statement from the Ontario Line.
Plus, requests for qualifications were also released for two contracts that cover major construction work on the Ontario Line’s northern segment.
This includes underground tunnel work for areas like Pape, Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, and onward to the Ontario Science Centre, as well as the construction of five above-ground stations.
When the Ontario 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.
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.
The new transit line is set to be fully up and running by 2031. From what we know so far, the wait will be worth it!