Living in Toronto means transit is a part of our daily lives. Planning and delivering reliable public transit is essential to ensuring our community remains a great place to live and work.

This means making sure we have the road infrastructure we need, and expanding the alternatives so more residents can get out of traffic and onto transit or bikes. I’ll keep pushing for better cycling infrastructure locally and connecting Ward 14 to the downtown, and for smart investments in public transit expansion for reliable transit.

Our community knows first-hand that transit planning and construction can be disruptive and frustrating. I’m committed to work with you to ensure that the disruption is minimized, and that getting around our neighbourhood is as easy as possible.

Ward 14 Metrolinx Construction

Major Metrolinx construction construction projects are taking place across Ward 14.

I share the latest on these projects and more on my Ward 14 construction page and in my weekly e-newsletter.

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Ontario Line

Construction on the Ontario Line in Ward 14 has begun. While it will deliver needed transit to our community and across the city, the impact of this construction will be felt here in Toronto-Danforth for many years.

Upcoming Meeting: Pape North & Don Valley Ontario Line Construction

Join me, TDSB Trustee Sara Ehrhardt and city staff virtually on April 16th at 7 p.m. for more information on how Ontario Line construction will impact Pape & Cosburn, Pape & O'Connor and the Don Valley.

Register here.

Pape Ontario Line Construction Meetings

TDSB Trustee Sara Ehrhardt and I hosted virtual meetings in winter 2024 to update residents on upcoming Ontario Line construction along Pape and get community input on how to best minimize impacts.

  • View the recording and presentation slides of our February 2024 meeting on construction impacts to the Pape-Riverdale area, including Pape School.
  • View the recording and presentation slides of my March 2024 meeting on construction impacts to the Pape-Danforth and Pape-Sammon areas.

History

In August 2019 the Province enacted Regulation 248/19, which resulted in the Relief Line South, Relief Line North, Scarborough Subway Extension, and Yonge North Subway Extension all becoming projects solely under the jurisdiction of Metrolinx.

The regulations also replaced the TTC’s Relief Line South (approved in 2017) and planning for the Relief Line North with Metrolinx’s Ontario Line.

In February 2023 Paula along with Councillors Ausma Malik and Chris Moise started the Subcommittee on Ontario Line Construction in response to concerns from residents and community stakeholders about Metrolinx's lack of public engagement and communication on construction impacts. Read more.

Stay updated on Ontario Line and other Metrolinx construction in Ward 14 here and by subscribing to my weekly e-newsletter.

GO Expansion

Metrolinx is currently working on a GO Expansion Program. Their plan includes new train technology on the Barrie, Lakeshore, Stouffville and Kitchener lines in order to accommodate faster trains offering all-day trips, going two ways, as quickly as every 15 minutes. The GO expansion program is already underway incrementally.

Community groups, conservationists and local residents raised concerns about the nature and location of Metrolinx's layover facility initially planned for the Don Valley. It would have meant rebuilding nearly a kilometre of track across the valley floor to park and maintain the GO fleet, adding a six acre train facility, re-building a 100 year old bridge that had not been used since 1967 and clear cutting over 1,000 trees.

It would have spoiled the natural wonder of one of the three great natural river valleys in Toronto – the Humber, Rouge and Don – which are so essential to a balanced life within our busy city. You can read more about these impacts in this Toronto Star article.

I moved several successful motions at City Council in September 2022 in response and continued pushing Metrolinx to change it's plan.

Then in March 2023 we got good news - Metrolinx announced it was relocating the layover facility out of the Don Valley after finding a suitable alternative location. 

This change allows the City to begin work to on the long awaited Wonscotanach Park, located in the Don Valley. This new park will be a companion piece to the many great parks along the Don River, including the soon to be completed park in the Port Lands, Corktown Common and Riverdale Park East and West.  

Learn more.

TTC Second Exit/Entrance and Easier Access Projects

The Donlands Station Second Exit/Entrance & Easier Access and Greenwood Station Easier Access projects are underway to improve accessibility, safety and convenience for TTC customers.

Donlands Station

The work for the new second exit/entrance is scheduled for completion in 2024. Elevators at Donlands Station are scheduled to be in service in mid-2024. 

View the latest Donlands Station project updates. Learn more about the project here.

Read more about the TTC’s second exit planning and consultation process.

Greenwood Station

Elevators are scheduled to be in-service in mid-2025.

View the latest Greenwood Station project updates. Learn more about the project here.

 

Leslie Barns

The TTC is committed to making its services accessible and modern. As part of this commitment the TTC has replaced its fleet of streetcars with new, low floor, accessible vehicles. In order to maintain the new fleet, the TTC built a new maintenance and storage facility, located at the corner of Leslie St. and Lake Shore Blvd.

Spring and Summer Construction Update

Construction on the Ontario Line east of the Don River is set to begin soon. While it will deliver needed transit to our community and across the city, the impact of this construction will be felt here in Toronto-Danforth for many years.

Read my initial update on all of the transit projects and other major city work in our ward beginning soon. 

Mayor John Tory announces first ActiveTO major weekend road closures of 2021

April 26, 2021

Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the first ActiveTO major weekend road closures of 2021 will be in place this weekend along Bayview Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East.

The following closures will be in place beginning Saturday, May 1 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 2 at 9 p.m.:

  • Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street

Metrolinx considers significant design change to above-ground section of $11-billion Ontario Line

Friday, March 26, 2021 By Ben Spurr, Toronto Star

Metrolinx is considering significant design changes for a section of the Ontario Line subway, frustrating community groups who say the transit agency isn’t being transparent about how the $11-billion project will impact their neighbourhoods.

The proposed change would affect the contentious two-kilometre portion of the

Metrolinx on collision course with residents, council over building part of Ontario Line above ground

Philip Lee-Shanok · CBC News · 

Despite opposition from many in the community and from Toronto city councillors, it may be full steam ahead to run the Ontario Line above ground through Leslieville and Riverside.

Phil Verster, the CEO of the province's regional transit agency, Metrolinx, says five options were considered and the benefits of using a portion of the existing Lakeshore East rail corridor outweigh digging a tunnel underneath the two neighbourhoods.

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