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Ontario Line team to hold virtual open house on latest project plans

Now that Metrolinx has shared new station plans for the Ontario Line from Gerrard to Science Centre, and published the latest draft environmental assessment, Metrolinx teams are hosting another series of open houses. And they’re starting this month. Read on to find out when events are happening and how to register.

With Ontario Line plans coming into greater focus, Metrolinx is hosting another round of virtual open houses to share updates with communities.

The four virtual open houses will take place later this month and into March. Transit officials will be giving an overview of the recently published draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report.

Registration for the four upcoming open houses is now open on Metrolinx Engage and community members are invited to attend one of four events.

Mapping the details

New station maps that build off the details in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report are now available across the entire line, offering a more complete picture of what customers can expect from one end to the other.

Map showing Pape Station location. View a more detailed project footprint in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report
Map showing Pape Station location. View a more detailed project footprint in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report here. (Metrolinx image)

Updated maps can be viewed on the newly developed interactive map on Metrolinx Engage. This new interactive portal allows people to take a virtual tour of the route while also gaining insight into the latest plans, reports, and updates along the way.

A screenshot showing part of the new interactive map on Metrolinx Engage
A screenshot showing part of the new interactive map on Metrolinx Engage. (Metrolinx image)

“All our stations have been planned to give communities better, faster, and easier access to all that Toronto and the broader region has to offer,” says Metrolinx sponsor for the Ontario Line, Malcolm MacKay.

“We know people will have questions about our plans and how we make certain decisions, and we’re happy to answer them.”

Open house information

The events will include a question-and-answer period, and participants can submit questions online in advance of the event or ask them over live audio while it’s in progress.

Register for the four upcoming open houses by logging onto Metrolinx Engage.

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Look familiar? Members of Ontario Line’s community relations team gather in an online meeting. (Metrolinx image)

Digging into the details

The draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report, released on Feb. 7, looks at the entire Ontario Line footprint, from Exhibition Station all the way to the Ontario Science Centre. It outlines existing conditions along the route along with ways to protect and preserve communities during construction and beyond when it comes to traffic, noise, vibration, trees and vegetation, and more.

Other studies completed to date include the Environmental Conditions Report and five targeted assessments for advance construction work needed at Exhibition Station, Corktown, the Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard area, East Harbour, and the Lakeshore East Joint Corridor.

This last report marks a critical step toward building some of the bigger parts of the project, which include the tunnels, stations, and rail systems.

Members of the public are invited to review the draft report and provide feedback before Mar. 9, 2022.

Story by Sara Wilbur, Metrolinx communications senior advisor, subway program