Metrolinx seeking community feedback on priorities for Ontario Line design options in northern segment

This week Metrolinx is launching a survey to explore community design priorities for the Ontario Line in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park. Read on to find out how you can have your say.

Metrolinx is looking for public input on key design elements that will be used on the north segment of the Ontario Line. The Ontario Line will become an iconic part of the communities the line will serve. Whether it’s a station, a wall that blocks noise, or a shared public space nearby, Metrolinx will rely on feedback from neighbourhoods like Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park to inform designs that reflect the neighbourhood.

Image shows a concept drawing of a glass entry.
Here’s a draft concept of possible design for Ontario Line maintenance and storage facility building. (Metrolinx image)

Metrolinx has launched a survey for the local community to have their say about what’s important to them when it comes to the look and feel of the walls, fences and landscaping around the maintenance and storage facility and the public spaces below the elevated tracks that will connect to the stations in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park.

You can check out the design options and hear from Metrolinx project experts by watching the recorded stream of a virtual open house event for the Ontario Line North Segment held on Sept 16. Just go here.

“We want the Ontario Line to become a valued part of Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park,“ said Malcolm MacKay, Metrolinx project sponsor for the Ontario Line. “We are committed to working with the community to learn more about their priorities so that we can thoughtfully integrate the Ontario Line into the fabric of the neighbourhood.”

The survey asks participants to share their key priorities on things like gathering spaces, public art opportunities and greenery.

Image shows an overhead rail line.
Example of public space, seating, and greenery below the elevated SkyTrain in Richmond, BC. (Photo by IBI Group / Bob Matheson.)

“This is just one step in working with the community to bring the Ontario Line to life in a way that fits their neighbourhood,“ said Franca DiGiovanni, director of community engagement for the Ontario Line. “We’re looking forward to learning more and keeping the conversation going through workshops and in-person meetings as plans evolve.”

Community members and their neighbours are invited to review the options and leave their feedback until October 16, 2021 by visiting MetrolinxEngage.com.

Story by Sara Wilbur, senior advisor for Subways – Communications and Public Affairs