CONSTRUCTION has commenced at the site of the new Exhibition station, marking the start of work on the new $C 10.9bn ($US 8.73bn) 15.6km Ontario Line metro in Toronto.

The Ontario Line will comprise 15 stations and will run from Exhibition Place in the west through the city centre to Ontario Science Centre in the northeast. There will be 3.7km of dedicated track in existing rail corridors, 3.1km of elevated track and 8.8km underground.

The line is expected to carry 388,000 passengers per day, with a peak frequency of a train every 90 seconds. Journey times are expected to take 40 minutes when the line opens in 2027, compared with the current 70 minutes.

The existing Exhibition station will be upgraded with a new station entrance, realigning the existing tracks used by GO services and construction of a new platform. A temporary pedestrian footbridge will be built.

The Ontario Line is one of four shovel-ready public transport projects in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that the Canadian and Ontario governments and the City of Toronto reached an agreement to invest a total of $C 26.8bn in last year.

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