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.

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 from our April 2024 meeting on construction impacts to the Pape & Cosburn and Pape & O'Connor areas and the Don Valley
  • View the recording and presentation slides from our March 2024 meeting on construction impacts to the Pape-Danforth and Pape-Sammon areas
  • View the recording and presentation slides from our February 2024 meeting on construction impacts to the Pape-Riverdale area, including Pape School


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

As per the TTC's March 2024 update,  Donlands Station's new secondary entrance/exit and elevator are both scheduled to open in June 2024.

Learn more about the project on the TTC's website.

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.

Queen Street community centre spared in latest Ontario Line plan, but local residents remain wary

Wed., Sept. 30, 2020
A popular community centre on Queen Street East won’t have to be torn down to make way for the Ontario Line, but despite that good news residents living along the route say they still have concerns about how the provincial transit project will impact their neighbourhood.

On Tuesday, provincial transit agency Metrolinx released updated designs for the most contentious section of the $11-billion Ontario Line: a 2-kilometre stretch between the Lower Don River and the intersection of Pape Avenue and Gerrard Street East.

One year after Ontario Line Business Case transit is delayed again

Toronto, ON – In 2018 Toronto was all set to proceed with the Downtown Relief Line from Pape Station to Queen Station, which would have been a huge benefit to commuters.

When Ford became Premier he closed down the shovel ready Relief Line and brought forward his own Ontario Line plan. It was one year ago, on July 25, 2019, that Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario released their Initial Business Case for the Ontario Line.

Data shows ActiveTO weekend road closures make room for thousands of people to enjoy physical activity along Toronto’s most popular trails

Today, Mayor John Tory announced that data shows ActiveTO major road closures are making room for people to be physically active along Toronto’s busiest and most popular trails. Each weekend, these closures make space for residents to be outside, physically active and practise physical distancing while enhancing their overall wellbeing.

City staff collected and verified data from Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, the first weekend that all of the closures (Lake Shore Boulevard West and East, as well as Bayview Avenue) were put in place. The data confirmed that the routes are a very popular option for people walking, running and on bikes who need space along Toronto’s busiest trails.

Toronto's Leslieville residents band together to bury the Ontario Line

January 27, 2020 By David Nickle,
Almost a decade ago, in 2011, some Leslieville residents may have rolled their eyes when they heard former councillor Doug Ford and his brother, the late Mayor Rob Ford, chant “Subways, subways, subways,” as they pushed for underground mass transit instead of surface light rail lines in Scarborough. It is a chant that echoes with a certain irony now, as residents in that

Traffic Notice: Commissioners Street & Don Roadway Closures Starting December 18, 2019

From Waterfront Toronto

Starting on December 18, Don Roadway will be closed between Commissioners Street and Villiers Street. Starting December 19, Commissioners Street will be closed between Munition Street and Don Roadway. These closures will remain in place until Summer 2022.

Our design to protect this area from flooding includes road and utility work. These closures will allow us to:

Intersection closure on Broadview Avenue at Gerrard Street East for streetcar track replacement

The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) streetcar track replacement work continues this summer on Broadview Avenue. This will result in the full intersection closure of Broadview Avenue at Gerrard Street East.

From Tuesday, July 24 at 4 a.m. until the beginning of September, the intersection of Broadview Avenue at Gerrard Street East will be fully closed to all traffic. Road users travelling east-west are encouraged to use Eastern Avenue and Dundas Street East or Danforth Avenue. Road users travelling north-south can use Parliament Street, River Street, Logan Avenue or Carlaw Avenue.

Phased intersection closures on Broadview Avenue at Dundas Street East and Gerrard Street East for streetcar track replacement

This summer, from June 25 to September 8, the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will replace streetcar tracks at the intersections of Broadview Avenue at Dundas Street East and Gerrard Street East which will result in phased intersection and road closures.

From Monday, June 25 at 4 a.m. until Monday, July 23, the intersection of Broadview Avenue and Dundas Street East will be closed for the first phase of replacement and repair work. During this time, only northbound travel will be permitted on Broadview Avenue between Gerrard Street East and Dundas Street East. From June 24 until July 24, one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on Broadview Avenue between Gerrard Street East and Danforth Avenue as crews work to repair other sections of track.

Lakeshore East Rail Corridor Expansion Program - Metrolinx Update

Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, is working to transform the way the region moves by building a seamless, convenient and integrated transit network across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Over the next ten years, Metrolinx is transforming the existing GO rail system to deliver a whole new rapid transit experience to your community. With more frequent train service you’ll have more options to get you where you need to go.

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