The construction of a new subway station downtown may close off a section of Queen Street in Toronto for the next 5 years. Today, transportation company Metrolinx announced its plans to build an Ontario Line subway stop at the intersection of Yonge and Queen streets. The new station will be constructed underneath Queen Station and will connect to the Line 1 subway and TTC surface routes.
The estimated time for the schedule for the subway will start early 2023 and last for roughly four and a half years. Metrolinx spokesperson Annie Marie Aikins said “Even though you’re building subway underground, it’s going to have impacts above ground. And we’re going to limit them as much as we can by doing all kinds of things but it is definitely going got have an impact on cars, as well as transit.”
Every vehicle and streetcar will be directed off Queen from east of Bay Street to Yonge Street and from Yonge to Victoria Streets. Metrolinx said they decided to go full closure so construction can be done quicker. Yonge, Bay, and Victoria streets will be open to cross north or south across Queen. During construction, pedestrians will still have access to all businesses in the area.
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