Motion for Park Lawn GO - November 2017, City Council
Toronto is talking about transit. We need much more of it to serve our growing communities across the city. I continue to work with the TTC to explore opportunities for transit improvements in our community. This has brought forth approved improvements to the 66B Bus, the 145 Humber Bay Express, opportunities for a peak-period transit only lane , the Waterfront Transit Reset , the 188 Kipling Express, and the Park Lawn Lake Shore Master Plan and more.
While we are fortunate to have two existing GO stations serving the ward, but my goal remains to provide more opportunities for residents to choose public transit over cars. It's better for our environment, congestion and the overall health of our city. In order for this to happen, there needs to be reliable, accessible and affordable transit options. Metrolinx and the City have made recent strides by supporting a discounted co-fare for those traveling with GO and TTC using PRESTO, but there is still more to do.
In 2015, Councillor Di Ciano and I initiated a petition asking Metrolinx to support a Park Lawn GO station to service the rapidly growing Humber Bay Shores community and its surrounding areas. The petition garnered almost 2,000 signatures. In 2016, I met with Metrolinx alongside TTC CEO Andy Byford, MPP Peter Milczyn, MP James Maloney and Councillor Justin Di Ciano to stress the support from all levels of government for a GO station.
Metrolinx announced in June 2016 that Park Lawn GO would not be included on its shortlist of new statons. I wrote a letter to Metrolinx asking this decision be reconsidered.
We are at a tipping point in this city. Now is the time to make investments for the kind of city we want to live in, and strengthen infrastructure for future generations. Investing in transit is critical. At the November session of Council, I moved a motion asking that the City Manager's office work with Metrolinx to make Park Lawn GO a priority.
I also want to be clear that I do not support Park Lawn GO as an alternative to Mimico GO. I believe both stations are necessary, and the focus should remain on providing residents with more transit, not less.
We cannot wait another ten+ years for provincial transit investment in our community. This motion is intended as a starting point to get Metrolinx back to the table. The implications of the future of the Christie site, and the significant population in this area cannot be ignored.