Toronto’s newest subway plan, which includes both the Ontario Line and the Scarborough subway extension, is now facing widespread backlash a mere week after taking its first big leap forward. Mayor John Tory announced an agreement with Ford’s government that would free up $5 billion for the state of good repair work and keep the TTC in the city of Toronto's hands. It was initially estimated that lines could be built as early as 2027.
However, according to CBC, a group of Leslieville residents are now voicing their concerns about noise and air pollution, as well as the lines potentially devastating impact on green space in some areas.
In fact, hundreds of residents are concerned about these issues as CBC reports that hundreds of letters have been sent to the city expressing their concerns over the new line.
“The decibels would decimate Leslieville. As a pediatrician, as a parent, I must oppose that level of noise pollution. The Ontario Line between Cherry Street and Gerrard Street East should be underground. This is the livable solution to these noise, and visual impacts,” one of the residents said, according to CityNews.
“An above-ground Ontario Line will bring an exponential increase in noise, vibration, train horns, bright lights. Once we factor in noise from overnight construction and maintenance — which is inevitable with Aria condo project, Ontario Line, six lanes of traffic — noise is going to be 24-7 in our neighbourhood,” another resident wrote.
@GraphicMatt Yeah doesn’t seem promising. I’m trying to be positive on the Ontario line as a whole but this specifi… https://t.co/nklUIZp89i— Stefan (@Stefan)1571844830.0
Anyone who posts snarky tweets about "NIMBY" complaints re the above-ground Ontario Line should explain why we need… https://t.co/52s2WtBo5C— Steve Munro (@Steve Munro)1571840706.0
@GraphicMatt @ScarboroughCAN Again. Ford is out of Government in less than 3 years. Tell him to Shove his 30 Billi… https://t.co/n4nrS25t8D— Sue Hutchinson (@Sue Hutchinson)1571839034.0
To give you a sense of how fired up people are about the city and province’s transit talks: So far, at least 270 pe… https://t.co/XXvMlch6t6— Lauren Pelley (@Lauren Pelley)1571837530.0
Today at Executive Committee, we will be considering the Toronto-Ontario transit update which includes seeking coun… https://t.co/4IysnkLNXT— John Tory (@John Tory)1571844304.0
In response to the outburst of public scrutiny, Metrolinx published a blog post explaining how above-ground stops would allow easier transfers to GO stations while saving the city countless of dollars.
I firmly believe that the report released last week from our City and TTC staff professionals makes the case for wh… https://t.co/wf8lA4H8gv— John Tory (@John Tory)1571844308.0
"Making easier connections will be one of the important principles behind the design of Toronto's new Ontario Line subway, which will connect with GO trains and TTC routes," the post reads.
At the moment, the project, which still needs to be approved by the city council, remains in the early planning stages but has an estimated price tag of nearly $11 billion.