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Richmond Hill meeting Tuesday night for downtown relief line

Last Updated Apr 24, 2015 at 3:26 pm EDT

A meeting will be held in Richmond Hill on Tuesday night so commuters can weigh in on the proposed downtown relief line.

The line will relieve crowding on the Yonge-University-Spadina line, which connects downtown to north Toronto.

Metrolinx, along with the City of Toronto and the TTC, are asking transit users across the GTA for their input on the project as part of a larger study. Consultations began on April 5 and will continue until Saturday.

The transit agencies are trying to determine 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.

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, which could cost $8 billion, will need funding. An environmental assessment will also need to be conducted.

Details for future meetings below:

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)

With files from Sarah-Joyce Battersby