Feb. 7, 2017

Traffic and Transit Priorities

Let’s think about traffic congestion in the city circa 2020 – Below is a list of upcoming major infrastructure projects (some approved and others projected), and the east-west arterial roads that will be most affected:

-        Proposed Lakeshore LRT (possible but unlikely start by 2020) - Queen’s Quay and Lake Shore Boulevard

-        Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration (barring delays, work is expected to start in 2019)/Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (work will likely be done at the same time and in conjunction with the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration) - Queen’s Quay E., Lake Shore Boulevard E., Front Street E., King Street E., Adelaide Street E., Eastern Avenue, and Queen Street E.

-        Car-free King Street (possible but unlikely start by 2020) – Front Street, Wellington Street, King Street, Adelaide Street, Richmond Street, and Queen Street

-        Relief Line (possible but unlikely start by 2020) – King Street, Adelaide Street, Richmond Street, Queen Street, Dundas Street, Eastern Avenue, Gerrard Street E., and Danforth Avenue

-        New Bloor Street W. Bike Lanes (temporary for now, but could be made permanent before the end of 2017) – College Street, Harbord Street, Bloor Street W., Dupont Street, and Davenport Road

-        Eglinton Crosstown LRT and Stations (in progress for 2021 completion) – St. Clair Avenue, Kingston Road, Eglinton Avenue, and Lawrence Avenue

-        Eglinton Crosstown East LRT Extension (possible start by 2020) – St. Clair Avenue E., Kingston Road, Eglinton Avenue E., Lawrence Avenue E., Ellesmere Road, and Sheppard Avenue E.

-        Eglinton Crosstown West LRT Extension (possible start by 2020) – Bloor Street W., Dundas Street W., Burnhamthorpe Road, Eglinton Avenue W., Lawrence Avenue W., Dixon Road, Airport Road, and Derry Road/Rexdale Boulevard

-        Lawrence Avenue East SmartTrack Station (possible start by 2020) – Lawrence Avenue E.

-        Scarborough Subway Extension (likely start by 2020) – St. Clair Avenue E., Kingston Road, Eglinton Avenue E., Lawrence Avenue E., Ellesmere Road, and Sheppard Avenue E.

-        Finch West LRT (scheduled to start this year for completion by 2021) - Sheppard Avenue W., Finch Avenue W., Albion Road, and Steeles Avenue W.

-        Finch Avenue East SmartTrack Station (possible start by 2020) – Finch Avenue E.

This does not include road closures and traffic restrictions due to new private condo and commercial construction

Do you use any of these roads?

I hope to god the city takes this into account before plunging in and restricting traffic along every major arterial road in the city

The city’s priority should be to build the Relief Line first; build the rest of the critical infrastructure for completion as soon as possible following completion of the Relief line; and hold on starting the Lakeshore LRT and Car-free King Street until everything else is complete