12:06 p.m. April 12, 2017. The scene at Queen and Carlaw: Mayor John Tory, centre, with TTC Chair Josh Colle and Councillor Paula Fletcher, speaks to media about the downtown relief line.

April 12, 2017

Standing outside the hip east-end store Good Neighbour, Councillor Paula Fletcher took a stab at a name for the future subway stop. “This is Leslieville station for the relief line,” Fletcher said with a bit of a laugh, adding she’d already named it.

The local councillor and TTC Chair Josh Colle stood behind Mayor John Tory on Wednesday as they announced new developments for the subway plan.

“There’s now a report coming forward to the Executive Committee… that will recommend that the alignment be on Carlaw,” Tory said.

The route, considered on Pape and Carlaw, has been a contentious issue for local residents who have advocated at city hall.

Councillor Fletcher went into some detail. “This subway will be 18 to 25 metres deep, so it’s not like the one on the Danforth, it’s very deep. It’s more like the one on Sheppard. So it’s new technology, it will be tunnel, so there won’t be anything happening on the street.”

The location of the station and where the secondary entrances will be located has not yet been decided. In response to a question about whether land would need to be expropriated, Fletcher said, “That is fine detail that we haven’t gotten to yet. There’s some empty lots around this area so who knows what that would look like – or work with business owners to add a subway – maybe at Shoppers Drug Mart. We have to think outside of the box and do new things. Add stations where there are a lot of people.”

The mayor said the new line will help relieve the crush of commuters at Yonge and Bloor. “People can go from Pape, Osgoode, or Queen around downtown every morning instead of getting stuck at the Yonge-Bloor station.”

While the project is still in the planning phases, Tory stressed to reporters the importance of the project, which he said is estimated to cost about $6.8 billion.

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