• Councillor Mark Grimes

Lake Shore Blvd W and Park Lawn

Many of you have reached out to me regarding Park Lawn and Lake Shore, and I don't take any of your comments lightly. I travel through this intersection often, and I agree that the situation there is unacceptable.

The area north of Lake Shore on the west side of Park Lawn was originally zoned for employment uses, a decision the City and I fully supported. Unfortunately developers appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, a provincial quasi-judicial body, who overturned the City's decision and allowed significant density to be built without considering the infrastructure needed to support it. 

The City and I are actively working on solutions to congestion in the area, but unfortunately with the rapid growth in Humber Bay Shores, this takes time. I requested that  the entire area undergo a Transportation Master Plan study, and it is currently underway. This will examine the entire Park Lawn/Lake Shore area and identify comprehensive solutions for all forms of transportation. 

I also moved recently moved a motion, which was unanimously passed, asking the TTC to examine the feasibility of a peak-period, morning rush hour transit-only lane to help the transit routes in the area operate more quickly and reliably.  

TTC CEO Andy Byford and I also rode the 145 Humber Bay Express Bus. It was great to speak with riders and address the concerns regarding the route and public transit in our ward. I continue to work with the TTC on these issues, and staff are examining all routes in the Humber Bay Shores area to find ways to improve reliability for riders.

Changes won't happen overnight, and I know that this requires a lot of patience on the part of residents. I am working to create solutions in both the short and long-term, and I thank you for your feedback regarding this issue.