There has been a lot of discussion here about potential alignments for the eastern leg of a downtown relief line. On occasion I have mentioned a route rather different from the commonly discussed one via Pape, the Leaside Bridge and Overlea, and I am sure this has caused some confusion.
One advantage of having been at this transit advocacy business for a long time is that I have a long memory and archives to match. For your delectation, here is a proposed route from Don Mills and Eglinton to downtown. It is a TTC Subway Construction Department drawing dated December 12, 1973.
A few things worth noting about this drawing:
The route north from Danforth is via Donlands, not Pape. This provides access to Greenwood yard via the connection shown. It also aligns the route further east to simplify the valley crossing north of O’Connor.
The route passes through the middle of Thorncliffe Park and proceeds north to Eglinton. This is more or less the sort of alignment I have been talking about for the east leg of a DRL (or, for that matter, for the Don Mills LRT if it came south of Eglinton).
Two alternative alignments from the CNR line to Queen are shown. One goes straight south while the other runs along the rail corridor. Going west along Queen brings its own problems, and these were discussed in an earlier, 1968 report that I will present in a separate post. (Please don’t clutter up the comments thread here with questions about that part of the alignment. You will get your chance.)
I present this information mainly so that people can see that the idea of a subway to Eglinton and Don Mills is hardly new, and it’s not even mine — I simply resurrected an old TTC concept. When we discuss transit plans, it is useful to know some of the history.