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Ontario to support extending
Yonge subway line to Richmond Hill

Last week the Government of Ontario announced that it was helping fund both a new line to, hopefully, decrease the number of passengers traveling along the Yonge branch of the TTC’s Line 1 subway and a proposal to increase the number of passengers riding the same line.

After detailing its plans to support Toronto’s future Relief Line subway, Ontario also has also announced that it’s supporting a plan to extend the line further north into Richmond Hill. According to a government news release, “Ontario will be providing more than $55 million to its transit agency, Metrolinx to work with the TTC, the Regional Municipality of York and York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (vivaNext) to continue planning and design work on the… Yonge North Subway Extension.”

Ontario’s Minister of the Environment approved an environmental assessment for the extension in April 2009. The minister also approved a later version of the plan, which included an underground train storage facility and surface facilities, in November 2014.

If built, the extended line would include five new subway stations on Yonge Street in Toronto, Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill:

  • at Cummer Avenue / Drewry Avenue;
  • at Steeles Avenue;
  • at Clark Avenue;
  • between Langstaff Road and Longbridge Roads; and
  • at York Region Transit’s Richmond Hill Centre terminal.

The later version of the plan no longer includes a station at Royal Orchard Boulevard, because, planners concluded, that stop would attract few passengers and the nearby neighbourhood presents few opportunities for redevelopment.

Studies by York Region have projected that 58 million riders would ride the longer subway line annually by 2031.

You can learn more about the project here (TTC) and here (vivaNext).