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Public can have say on downtown relief line this weekend

People wait to board a crowded subway at St. George subway station in Toronto on Feb. 18, 2014. TWITTER/Kamilla Pietrzyk

GTA commuters will have the chance to weigh in on how Toronto should proceed with a study for the proposed downtown relief line for the Yonge subway.

The meetings, which start this Saturday and continue for one week, will take place in Toronto and Richmond Hill and are part of a larger study initiated by Metrolinx.

The provincial agency, along with Toronto and the TTC, want to figure out what’s important to the public when planning the project.

“The [Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area] is experiencing unprecedented growth but is increasingly constrained by a limited transportation network. Supply has not kept up with demand,” Metrolinx said on its website.

“In particular, the Yonge subway, which serves both local and regional trips, is overcrowded today and, even with committed improvements, is projected to be overcrowded in the future.”

The Yonge Relief Network Study will be presented to council in June, and at that point possible routes and stations will be discussed. The project will also need funding.

Mayoral hopefuls Karen Stintz and John Tory have both said they will focus on building a downtown relief line if elected.

Below are details of the meetings.

Saturday, April 5
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (presentation at 10 a.m.)
Where: Sheraton Centre, Dominion Ballroom, 123 Queen St. W., Toronto

Tuesday, April 8
Time: 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, 10066 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

Thursday, April 10
Time: 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Riverdale Collegiate Institute, 1094 Gerrard St. E., Toronto

Saturday, April 12
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (presentation at 10 a.m.)
Where: Holy Name Parish, 71 Gough Ave., Toronto
(This meeting will focus on the Relief Line Project Assessment)

Where do you think a relief line should be built? Share your ideas in the comment section.