City council supports plan for improved transit on the Lakeshore Corridor

Today, City Council endorsed the Lakeshore Connecting Communities Transportation Master Plan which sets out a long-term vision for transit and corridor improvements along Lakeshore Road from 2020 to 2041 that will support waterfront development.

“This plan will ensure that our Lakeshore corridor meets the transit demands and travelling expectations of our residents as the waterfront redevelops,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This vision will transform the corridor with liveable, walkable communities that will connect Lakeshore from east to west. It will allow us to create a more welcoming area to walk, cycle, take transit or drive through”

This corridor is expected to grow by 56,000 people and 16,500 jobs by 2041, based on proposed developments along Lakeshore Road.

“We have done three years of extensive public consultation,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “The plan recommends both transit and road improvements that will support the growing number of people and jobs in the Lakeshore communities. This includes more frequent transit service and dedicated transit lanes in the east end of the corridor. The plan also includes road concepts such as a protected cycle track, wider boulevards and more trees and furniture to improve pedestrian and cycling connections. A new active transportation crossing of the Credit River at Queen Street between the QEW and Lakeshore Road is also recommended.”

The Lakeshore Connecting Communities study recommends implementing changes along the 13-kilometre corridor in three phases:

Phase One – 2019 to 2025: Improving local transit service and capacity; and increasing local bus service to every seven-and-a-half minutes and an express bus every 10 minutes during rush hour.

Phase Two – 2025 to 2030 east end improvements – dedicated transit lanes from East Avenue to Deta Road for express bus service, protected cycle tracks, corridor improvements such as wider sidewalks with trees and increased express bus service to every five minutes during rush hour; and 2031 to 2041 west end improvements – protected cycle tracks and corridor improvements such as wider sidewalks, street trees and furniture.

Phase Three – post 2041: The extension of rail-based transit from the Long Branch GO Station to Mississauga Road.

With council’s endorsement of the Master Plan, the project will now move to its next steps – completing the Class Environmental Assessment process for the Lakeshore Corridor. This will involve further developing, evaluating and consulting on a number of different road designs for Lakeshore Road.

The Lakeshore Connecting Communities Transportation Master Plan is available for review and comments online.

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