We may still be waiting for the 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 line will extend 15.6 kilometres from Exhibition/Ontario Place to the Ontario Science Centre.
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.”
The subway line will be built by Hitachi Rail, along with several other participating companies in the Connext 6ix consortium.
It will feature a “new fleet of driverless subway trains that will run up to every 90 seconds through [the] heart of the city,” according to GFG Rail, the company that produced the renderings.
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Not only will the trains move up to 30,000 people per hour in each direction, but they will be packed with the latest technology and features, including charging points and onboard wifi.
They will also feature dedicated spaces for bicycles, double wheelchair areas, and continuous, connected cars, says the provincial government.
GFG Rail says that the layout of the trains will provide the most comfortable passenger experience, with an elegant and timeless design.
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!
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