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City Council approves extending Yonge subway,
urges earlier downtown relief line

At its meeting yesterday, Wednesday, January 28, Toronto City Council approved extending the Yonge subway northwards to Richmond Hill, largely with the same conditions that the City’s Executive Committee and the Toronto Transit Commission required when they approved extending the line earlier this month.

Council also decided to ask Metrolinx to fast-track building a downtown relief subway line so that the TTC, City of Toronto and other agencies can starting planning and building the line earlier.

The downtown relief line would help passengers traveling from the east and west ends of the Bloor - Danforth subway to get to downtown Toronto more quickly and easily. Passengers would be able to transfer to another subway long before they reached the current congested transfer points at Yonge and St. George Stations.

The line would likely extend southward from Donlands or Pape Stations, south to Queen Street, through downtown Toronto and then back to the Bloor - Danforth subway at Dundas West Station.

Transit advocate Steve Munro comments on the proposed relief line here.