In response to the Shoreline "Motion 11" motion I put forth in 2015, and nearly 2000 signatures of support from residents, the City undertook a comprehensive assessment of waterfront transit in the form of a waterfront transit 'reset'. This comprehensive project aims to connect the waterfront from east to west in areas currently under-served by transit.
After several public and stakeholder meetings, Waterfront Toronto completed the initial phase of the study for Council approval, in order to proceed with the second phase. You can view the preliminary concepts from the 'phase one' meetings here.
During discussion of this item in Council last week, I moved an amendment to the motion asking that staff immediately make plans to meet with the new owners of the former Mr. Christie site,
In addition to this, I stressed the immediate need for transit solutions - including a GO stop - in Humber Bay Shores and asked that staff report on the feasibility of a transit hub on the former Christie lands.You can read the full motion here.
I'm happy to report that the considerations I raised, and the second phase of the Transit Reset study, were unanimously approved by Council. This will allow the project to proceed with more in-depth design concepts, environmental assessments, ridership numbers and possible route alignments. This takes us a significant step closer to the reality of a comprehensive and connected waterfront, and improved transit for South Etobicoke.
I want to send a special thanks to the South Etobicoke Transit Action Committee
for its assistance in getting signatures for the Shoreline petition, and working with me to champion the need for increased transit in our community.
Stay tuned for updates and additional public consultations for this exciting project! Thank you again for working with me as we continue to make effective and comprehensive transit a priority.