I have spoken about my proposal for a first phase for the Downtown Relief Line (D.R.L.) in my previous post. The first phase would see the line built between Dundas West station and the Donlands station. Now I would like to discuss the second phase of the line.
For the second phase, the line would continue to travel north from Donlands station as follows:
The line would head north to a stop near Don Mills Road and O’Connor Drive, named O’Connor. This stop allows for a stop prior to the Don Valley, to serve the area.
The line would then continue north to the Ontario Science Centre. This is an obvious destination point which would provide passengers for the D.R.L.
The line would then continue north to Eglinton Avenue with a stop there. This would provide a connection with the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line, and help take pressure off the Yonge Line, as would the other stops north of here.
Continuing north, there is a stop at Lawrence Avenue, and a potential stop at York Mills. The Lawrence stop would connect with buses, while York Mills is only a proposal on my part.
A station at Finch Avenue would take some pressure off Finch station, especially as the 39 Finch East bus would pass by.
An endpoint of Steeles Ave. would mean the the York Regional Transit (Y.R.T.) could divert their buses there from Finch station, taking more pressure off the Finch line.
The second phase of the D.R.L. would also benefit if other L.R.T. lines, not just the Eglinton Crosstown, would be built. Plus, there has been discussion of extending the subway up to Richmond Hill, and while the Yonge line could be extended to Steeles, the D.R.L. would be the more practical option.
At this point, I am not concerned with the name other the route: the Downtown Relief Line, the Don Mills Lines, the Going Downtown Line, etc. The important thing is the the line gets built to provide some relief for the Y-U-S line, and to connect some destination points to the subway line.