All those sky-high towers, “coming soon” signs and construction cranes point to one inescapable fact: people want to live in downtown Toronto.

The well-documented surge in the core’s population is changing the shape of the city. And with the population boom comes added stresses on infrastructure. We chatted with TTC Chair Karen Stintz about the proposed Downtown Relief Line (DRL) and the city’s transit needs.

Anyone who’s ever frantically clung to a pole during rush hour on the Yonge line will tell you that the city’s oldest subway line is close to bursting. While Transit City focused on spacing LRT lines out in various corners of the city and recent city hall chatter has largely been about whether or not Scarborough should get a subway line, interest in building a DRL is on the upswing.

TTC Chair Karen Stintz has thrown her support behind the proposed line. There are a couple different visions for the DRL, but ultimately, the U-shaped subway would run east-west through the downtown (south of the Bloor-Danforth subway line) and  would connect to two stations on the Bloor-Danforth line.

Public transit – and where it should go in the city – is a hot-button issue in Toronto. Watch this video to get the down-low on the DRL.

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