Construction begins May 1 on a new subway line in downtown Toronto

Starting May 1, Queen Street, between Bay and Victoria Streets, will be closed to cars for four and a half years in what will be one of the biggest disruptions the city will face in building the Ontario Metro line.

Work on the line began last March but will intensify this summer with the closure of Queen Street and other projects.

The 15.6-kilometre, 15-stop subway line will run from Gallery Place through downtown to the Ontario Science Center.

When the Ontario Line is ready, which the government says will be in 2031, it is expected to change the way people move around the city, making transit more accessible for hundreds of thousands of people and providing relief for Line 1 of the TTC.

But building a metro line through Canada’s densest city would result in significant collateral damage, in the form of forfeited homes, felled trees, destroyed businesses and headaches from years of intense digging.

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