Downtown Relief Line, Phase One

I have slightly updated my proposal for the Downtown Relief Line (D.R.L.), which I have previously discussed.

The line would still head out in the west from Dundas West station heading south to a stop at Roncesvalles Avenue and Queen Street W.  The line would then run southeast to a stop on the north side of the GO Transit’s Exhibition station.  The line would then run north east through Liberty Village.

The line would then run under King Street, stopping at University Avenue and Yonge Street.  The line would then continue east to the Distillery District and the Corktown Common.

After Corktown Common, the line would essentially run northeast, stopping at Broadview Avenue and Queen Street E., and at Gerrard Square.  The line would then turn north and stop at Donlands station.

This would be the first phase of the D.R.L.  For a view of the D.R.L., please check out this link.

My rationale for this route is as follows:

  • Dundas West station provides a connection to both GO Transit’s Bloor station, and the T.T.C.’s Dundas West station.  This will pull people travelling from the west away from St. George’s station and Bloor-Yonge station and into downtown Toronto.
  • The stop at Roncesvalles and Queen picks up people from the Roncesvalles Avenue area, plus provides an alternative to having to take the slow and crowded 501 Queen car through downtown.  Plus, with St. Joseph’s Health Centre close by, there is potential for some demand for the station on its own.
  • The stop at Exhibition, not found in my original plan, is obvious.  GO Transit already sees serve at their Exhibition station during the rush hour for the businesses north of the tracks.  Plus, there are plenty of events going on during the year on the Exhibition grounds, from the CNE, to the Royal Fair, to the Molson Indy, the Toronto FC soccer team, the Zoomer Show, Medieval Times, etc.  So, this is not only a commuter stop, but a destination point.
  • The stop in Liberty Village has the advantage of being in an area that is being redeveloped and will have potential for a good amount of traffic.
  • The stop at Spadina hooks up with the Rogers Centre (neé SkyDome) for all the events there (Blue Jays, football games, Disney on Ice, etc.) plus the potential to connect with a possible GO Transit stop, if they move some of their trains to the North Bathurst Yard.
  • Running along King Street, not Queen Street, is more for ease at this point, as it makes it easier to connect the western and eastern points along the route.  It is still off Union Station, so helps to take some pressure off Union, and may also take some pressure off the Yonge-University-Spadina (Y-U-S) line as people may be able to simply walk from on the the stops to their place of work.
  • The stop at the Distillery District provides serves to another “destination point” so people can use the D.R.L. to go straight to the Distillery District.
  • The stop at Corktown Commons provides a stop in an area that is being developed.  This means development in the area will have a connection to the transit system.
  • The stop at Broadview is only a suggestion in my opinion as it opens up a connection to the area, and provides a connection to surface transit, specifically the 501 Queen car.
  • The stop at Gerrard Square could be placed in another area, but the advantage of this stop is that it is by a mall which may create some trips, and this would not be the first time an option like this has been considered – there has been talk in the past of extending the Bloor-Danforth line west to Sherway Gardens.  Again, this stop could be place in another area if required.
  • Ending the subway at Donlands station creates two advantages: one, it is close to the Greenwood yards and some sort of connection could be installed, and secondly that it would connect to the Bloor-Danforth station in the east, yet again taking pressure off the Bloor-Yonge station.

There is potential for extensions at each end of this proposal, especially in the east for extensions.  I will be writing shortly about extending the line in the east end, which has the greatest potential for expansion.

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