In July 2016 City Council approved a Pape/Eastern/Queen alignment for the Relief Line, with the exception of a local segment, located generally between the GO Rail corridor and Queen Street.
In May 2017, City Council approved the Carlaw alignment for the local segment. City Council authorized commencing the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP), and advancing planning and design.
City, TTC and Metrolinx staff are working to prepare the draft Environmental Project Report (EPR) to launch the TPAP in 2018. This work is happening concurrently with work on the conceptual design. The EPR and conceptual design report are nearing completion. Preliminary design, including geotechnical, tunnels, stations and systems, is getting underway. A report to City Council on preliminary design is planned for Q4 2019.
TPAP is a streamlined (6-month) environmental assessment process specific to transit projects in Ontario to satisfy the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act, Regulation 231/08. TPAP includes public consultation, an assessment of potential impacts, and identification of measures to mitigate impacts. An Environmental Project Report will be prepared for submission to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. The City and the TTC will work closely with key stakeholders, the public, agencies, Indigenous Communities and all interested parties throughout the TPAP to address matters of concern.
The TPAP includes a 30-day public review of the Final Environmental Project Report. Objections, if any, may be submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change at this time. This is followed by a 35-day period for the Minister to act.
Approved Relief Line Alignment and Stations