King Street Pilot Project Community Meeting

Posted on January 31, 2017

Friends,

On February 13th, 2017, City Planning will be holding the first of many public consultations on the King Street Pilot Project. The Study will explore a range of pilot options that recognize the different neighbourhood contexts along the 6km corridor from Dufferin Street in the west to River Street in the east. You can find information about this project at www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot.

King Street is the busiest surface transit route in the entire City, carrying more than 65,000 riders on a typical weekday. City Planning and TTC recognize that King Street isn’t working well. Streetcars are often stuck in mixed traffic, making it challenging to keep transit service running smoothly. This often results in bunching and gapping (time between streetcars), uneven utilization of capacity, and overcrowded TTC vehicles. During rush hour people are often unable to board the first streetcar that arrives.

King Street is also an important Downtown east-west spine, connecting many neighbourhoods with the largest concentration of jobs in the City, Region, and entire Country. The King Street corridor will continue to see significant population and employment growth in the coming decades, leading to further demand on these already heavily congested transit routes.

The City and TTC have recently been making operational changes to improve streetcar service including: allowing all-door loading (to become more effective with the new low-floor streetcars), adding supplemental buses, extending turning and on-street parking restrictions, optimizing transit stop locations and route running times, adding route supervisors, and improving night service.

But a more significant change is needed to improve transit service on King Street. The pilot project(s) will test a range of options to determine what might further improve transit reliability, capacity, and efficiency.

Pilot projects are an efficient and cost-effective way for cities to quickly test out new ideas in order to learn important lessons about what works and what doesn’t. The City has used pilot projects on a number of other projects, most notably the Bloor Cycling Pilot and the Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Tracks.

You are invited to join in the conversation. The first public consultation is being held on:

Monday, February 13th, 2017
6:30 PM to 9 pm
Metro Hall, Room 308/309
55 John Street South east corner of King Street West and John Street

You can also join the conversation online at kingstreetpilot@toronto.ca. If you would like to review the project details and join the mailing list visit www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot. Of course, you can also email me at councillor_perks@toronto.ca for more information.

I look forward to seeing you at the first public consultation on February 13th.

Gord

Keele Yard Construction Notice

Posted on January 31, 2017

TTC is upgrading the Keele Subway Yard to accommodate increased storage of subway cars. During the above-noted dates, the TTC parking lot on Indian Road will be closed to allow crews to install electrical cables along the subway bridge.

Friday February 10 -12, 2017 AND
Friday February 17-19, 2017, if required.

The parking lot on Indian Road and the east entrance to the station (Indian Grove) will be closed.Crews will be using specialized equipment on a flat-bed truck, along with portable lighting to complete this work. For safety reasons, part of this work must be completed at night.

Efforts will be made to have the work completed as quickly as possible.

Work Hours
Friday 2:00 PM – Midnight
Saturday 6:00 AM -6:00 PM
Sunday 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

TTC Service
Keele Station entrance from Indian Grove (parking lot) will be closed. Please use the Keele Street main entrance to access the station.

For more information contact:

Lito Romano
Sr. Community Liaison Officer
Phone: 416-397-8699
Email: lito.romano@ttc.ca
Website www.ttc.ca

Toronto Airspace Review

Posted on January 31, 2017

It has been a few months since the last meetings and it is now time for a third round of public meetings about mitigating aviation noise.

Anyone is welcome at any meeting, you do not have to attend the one that is closest to you. The Saturday morning meeting was arranged to give those who find it difficult to attend evening meetings an opportunity to engage with this review.

In these meetings there will be a presentation on mitigation options and a discussion on these and any other ideas that might be raised. At this stage the options are certainly not finalized and they may or may not end up as recommendations in the final report; there is still an opportunity to introduce and consider additional options.

To be clear, regardless of where the meetings have been held or from which individuals are heard, the work to investigate if there are further noise reducing mitigations that could be implemented by Nav Canada will endeavour to treat the whole area equally. Rest assured that our considerations will not be focusing on how to mitigate noise in Oakville just because there have been multiple meetings around Oakville.

Wednesday 1st March
6:30pm— 8:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 1870 Matheson Blvd, Mississauga, L4W 0B3

Thursday 2nd March
6:30pm— 8:30pm
St. Luke’s Community Centre, 3114 Dundas St West, Oakville, L6M 4J3

Saturday 4th March
10:30am— 12:30pm
Novotel North York, 3 Park Home Avenue, North York,  M2N 6L3

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