The third proposed project in the corridor is the Downtown Relief Line. This proposed subway would run from Pape Station south to Eastern Ave., then along the CN railway alignment to Union Station and northwest to the Dundas West station. Metrolinx included this subway line in its Big Move plan for completion within 25 years, but excluded it from the 15-year plan. This subway is designed to relieve the dangerously congested Yonge-Bloor transfer point, and would provide a faster route to downtown from both east and west. Several Toronto city councillors have recently called for this line to be given top priority for quick completion
While Metrolinx objects that electrification of the train service along this corridor would be more expensive, that is true only if the projects are undertaken separately. If we build this as one project instead of three, and see it as Toronto's fourth subway line, it becomes feasible.
Environmental assessments should consider whether there are better alternatives to what is proposed. Luckily, in this case, there are. They should be considered seriously.