Waterfront Transit Reset Community Meeting & Updates
The city is growing rapidly, and with this growth comes an increasing need for infrastructure that serves the needs of the community. Part of this includes ensuring that people are able to get where they need to go, quickly and efficiently.
Across the city, and in Etobicoke-Lakeshore specifically, the need for improved transit options and connectivity cannot be ignored. I have spoken to many of you about it, and I also spoke to both Metro News and the Toronto Star about the importance of transit in South Etobicoke, and beyond.
City Planning, TTC and Waterfront Transit are spearheading a project entitled the 'Waterfront Transit Reset' which is a large-scale project aiming to connect Toronto's waterfront with transit from east to west and into the larger system.
As some of you know, I moved a Shoreline Motion in 2015 for improved transit in the western waterfront, and the Transit Reset serves to build on these ideas and improve connections all along the lakefront corridor.
Residents can submit comments regarding the first phase of the project
Waterfront Toronto, in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is undertaking a Waterfront Transit "Reset" phase 1 study that will help establish a vision and plan for a comprehensive waterfront transit network.
Toronto’s waterfront is currently undergoing a significant transformation, with rapid growth in many precincts along the water’s edge including Mimico, Humber Bay Shores, Liberty Village, Fort York, King/Spadina, City Place, South Core, and King/Parliament. Growth in several more precincts along the waterfront is either underway or planned, including Lower Yonge, North Keating, Port Lands, South of Eastern, and the emerging East Bayfront and West Don Lands neighbourhoods. And with this growth, a number of key recreational and cultural destinations have emerged along the waterfront.
Throughout the years, transit planning along the waterfront has been incremental, and as a result there is currently no comprehensive plan for a transit network that can respond to the rapid emerging growth and transformation. With the current and future anticipated demand for transit along much of the waterfront area, it’s imperative that a long-term transit solution be defined.
This study will involve a review of existing waterfront transit, previously planned waterfront transit initiatives, and current and future transit needs. A range of transit concepts have been developed and evaluated to help determine a preferred east-west waterfront transit solution that will integrate north/south transit and active transportation, linking people from across the City to the waterfront and its nearby destinations and attractions.