Text Summary:Relief Line Project Assessment
- Consult / seek input on various study tasks:
- Development of evaluation criteria
- Station location review
- Route alignment review
Relationship between the Metrolinx and City/TTC studies
How do the pieces fit together?
How did we get here?
Crowding and Congestion on the Rapid Transit Network
- Capacity improvement underway for Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina Line
- New Toronto Rocket Trains: +10%
- Automatic Train Control: +25%
- Spadina Subway Extension (diverted demand): about 5-10%
- Bloor-Yonge station is currently over design capacity and will continue to be a constraint
- The transfer from the Bloor Line to the Yonge Line is currently constrained and will continue to deteriorate
Findings from the Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study
- Work to date has determined a new high capacity rapid transit line, fully separated from traffic could:
- Provide increased transit capacity to relieve pressure on the Yonge Subway line
- Provide relief to the Bloor-Yonge Interchange Station
- Provide flexibility for the TTC subway system
- Improve transit service to the downtown shoulder areas and relief to crowding on the streetcar network
Why are we planning the Downtown to Danforth Section first?
- This initial phase would provide the greatest and most immediate benefit to relieving overcrowding on the Yonge Subway Line.
- The Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study findings note that this section of a new Relief Line could:
- Reduce southbound transfers at Bloor-Yonge Station by approximately 30%
- Reduce Yonge Subway line demand by 12%
- Have a peak hour demand of 11,700 transit riders (based on 2031 projections)
Relief Line Study Area
Proposed Study Process
We anticipate a range of perspectives and interests:
Neighbourhoods within the Relief Line study area
- Consider affects on local residents and businesses
- Consider how the Relief Line may affect local mobility and land use
- Consider constructability
- Maximize benefit and minimize impacts on local neighbourhoods
City of Toronto, outside of study area
- Ensure the Relief Line will benefit the entire city
- Consider how the Relief Line will improve access into Downtown Toronto
- Consider the positive affects of the Relief Line on the TTC network
Outside the City of Toronto
- Ensure the Relief Line will benefit the broader region
- Consider how the Relief Line could provide an attractive transit alternative for trips
- Consider how the Relief Line may affect the transit network outside of the city and broader economic development patterns at a regional scale
Study Process (Terms of Reference)
Opportunities for Input
- Phase 1B
- Provide name suggestions for the Relief Line
- Existing and future conditions analysis
- Provide feedback on findings of previous studies
- Phase 2
- Provide information about travel patterns
- Identify station and route options
- Help to create evaulation criteria for the proposed station locations and alignments
- Phase 3
- Provide feedback on short-listed options
- Phase 4
- Qualitative analysis of options
- Help to create the strategy for mitigating any potential negative impacts
- Provide feedback on recommendations
Highlights of feedback on the study process, and scope:
- Include an urban planning visioning process in the project
- Invite international experts to assist with the project and present at a public symposia
- Continue collaboration with Metrolinx, and other agencies/initatives
- Liasise on opportunities of mutual benefit with Toronto Hydro and other utilities
- Incorporate sustainable transportation in decision-making
- Include a cost-benefit analysis for each of the shortlisted alignments
- Include areas north and west for planning context when considering routing options
- Examine comparable projects in other countries
- Proceed with the Relief Line naming contest as soon as possible
Highlights of feedback on the consultation:
- Spread project meetings out to a broader City geography
- Use social media tools (Reddit or Twitter) with a dedicated hashtag
- Translate all materials and consultation documents into other languages
- Develop guidelines and a guide for messaging
- Explore online mapping and interactive tools
- Share information, data on the website
- Develop a "living" FAQ, to submit questions & get answers via social media
- Continue the use of crowdsourcing tools, such as a wiki
- Hold mini-fora in various parts of the Study Area using street-teams
- Have street-teams and/or suggestion boxes/kiosks on transit to allow non-internet users to contribute
- Target future stakeholder meetings by sector
- Make sure the public understands the consultation process
How we will consult
- City/TTC staff will share key information and actions during each phase of the project through the project website, email list, social media and print material.
- City/TTC staff will solicit comments and feedback on key decisions through the website to engage a large number of people across the region.
- City/TTC staff will host open houses, public meetings and workshops at key points in the study. Participants will learn about the project and provide their input.
- City/TTC staff will pro-actively educate and solicit feedback from the community by engaging with existing resident, business and interest groups.
Stakeholder Advisory Group
- City/TTC staff will engage community leaders, advocates and experts in the decision-making process throughout the study via a Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG).
Next Steps / Process Overview
- Finalized Terms of Refernece and Public Consultation Plan (Phase 1A) will be presented to Council for approval in June.
- If Council approval is given the project team will proceed with Phases 1B-4 for the Relief Line Project Assessment.
- At the end of Phase 4, a draft project report will be submitted to Council and the TTC Board.
- The report will seek Council and TTC Board approval to proceed to final project review.
- The final project review is known as the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP), where the final project report is submitted to the Ministry of Environment.
Rapid Transit Planning Process