1. COMING SOON:

A RAPID* TRANSIT PROPOSAL FOR ALL CORNERS OF TORONTO

* Rapid transit systems operate on an exclusive right-of-way, which cannot be accessed by pedestrians or other vehicles of any sort, and are grade-separated in tunnels or on elevated railways.

2. RE-ROUTE THE SCARBOROUGH SUBWAY AND SAVE A BILLION DOLLARS

You are invited to read a short and concise document entitled the “Scarborough Subway Solution” to re-route the Scarborough Subway and save a billion(s) of dollars.  I am very supportive of this solution.

A rational alternative to the excessively-expensive course of action that is being undertaken is to either re-use the current Kennedy Station, or build a new Kennedy Subway Station adjacent to the current location, in conjunction with a new underground alignment that rises and connects with the existing Scarborough RT right-of-way (necessary to by-pass the very sharp RT curves at the existing Kennedy station).

These options would only require about 0.5 kilometres of underground tunnel, instead of the extensive 6.0 km of tunnel required for the single-stop option that is currently proceeding.

The existing Scarborough RT right-of-way would be retained and the track re-gauged to subway wheel width the rest of the way to Scarborough Town Centre.

Such a move would result in considerable construction cost savings – which could be diverted to other important transit projects.

3. GO TRANSIT STATION FOR HUMBER BAY

I am very supportive of a new GO Station at either Park Lawn Rd. or the Humber Loop, whichever is the best location within the short and long-term plan for rapid transit throughout the City.

In this regard, I support uploading Toronto Rapid Transit projects to the Province, through Metrolinx, including necessary consultation and coordination with the Toronto Transit Commission’s planning and operation of the TTC system of Streetcars and Buses.  It is expected that the Province, through Metrolinx, will take responsibility for the long-term (100 years) planning and financing of mass rapid transit in Toronto.

Important questions and issues concerning a GO Station for the Humber Bay condominium community are:

  • What is the ridership count for the new 176 Bus Service from Park Lawn Rd. to the Mimico GO Station?
  • Should (how many) more condominium buildings be built in exchange for a new GO Station at Park Lawn?
  • Will the Park Lawn location bring increased traffic congestion to the street and intersection, with additional cars and buses for passenger “drop off and pick off” from adjacent neighbourhoods?
  • Should the 26 acre Christie’s site should be retained as Employment lands?
  • Will the Park Lawn location benefit residents in adjacent neighbourhoods (north of The Queensway, west and east of Park Lawn Rd.)?
  • Is the Park Lawn location the best location for a GO Station, or is the Humber Loop a better location for a GO Station?
  • In long-term transit planning, if and when an LRT is created along The Queensway, will it be better connected to a GO Station at Humber Loop or Park Lawn?
  • What is the overall plan for the Christie’s site?
  • Does planning for the Christie site create a “complete community” as defined and required by Provincial Planning policies (GGH 2017)

You may wish to read the long-term transit plan proposed by the Lakeshore Planning Council, entitled:

South Etobicoke – Mississauga and Sunnyside – Integrated Public Transit Plan

At the present time, First Capital is “negotiating” with the City, and my concern is that they will reach an agreement, which will be presented to residents at a public meeting in early 2019; but the agreement will be a “done deal”, with residents being informed “after the fact”, with only minor adjustments being made, if any, to placate Humber Bay residents.  Further extensive discussion needs to take place with residents concerning these significant, long-term transit and land-use planning projects.

CYCLING SAFETY

I am strongly supportive of more cycle lanes for Toronto that are physically separate from other vehicular traffic.  “Share the road” is no longer a safe alternative for cyclists in view of the high density traffic on City streets. Some City car lanes may be reduced in width, where possible, to provide space for bicycle lanes.  Reduced car lane widths encourage driving at slower and safer speeds.

The Dutch have particular expertise in designing safe intersections for bicycles, pedestrians and traffic, and a similar, safely designed intersection for Park Lawn Rd. at Lake Shore Blvd West would be welcomed.

You may wish to review the following You Tube video describing a “Junction Design the Dutch cycle friendly way”.