This study is now complete. The following information is provided for archival purposes.
This site was last updated May 7, 2012
Afternoon rush-hour at Front Street and York Street
Update – May 7, 2012
Notice of Completion for this study has been published and the Environmental Study Report is now available for a 30-day public review period ending June 11, 2012. See notice and complete report below.
In response to comments submitted during public consultation we published a thorough Updated Questions and Answers document in February 2012.
GO Transit service expansion will result in an estimated doubling of current ridership.
Morning rush-hour at Front Street and Bay Street
Union Station is the busiest transportation hub in Canada. Every year, Union Station handles more passengers than Pearson International Airport, Canada's busiest airport. Every business day, Union Station serves more than 165,000 GO Transit passengers, along with thousands of TTC and VIA Rail customers. Over the next 10-15 years, pedestrian activity at Union Station is expected to double as a result of GO Transit expansion. Proposed frequent train service to Pearson Airport and improved TTC services will also contribute to increasing the number of passengers who will be entering and exiting Union Station.
Plans have been approved for improving Union Station and its surrounding area.
The Union Station Master Plan (2004), District Plan (2006) and Revitalization Recommended Approach (2007) address the needs for improving the flow of passengers, restoring historical elements, ensuring a safe, clean and beautiful environment, and providing vibrant retail opportunities.
Street changes are only one part of the plan.
The re-configuring of Front Street is only one of many major projects planned for improving the pedestrian environment around Union Station. Other changes include a new Northwest PATH pedestrian tunnel link, the TTC subway platform expansion, as well as a recently created southern entrance from Union Square by the Air Canada Centre.
Safe and efficient pedestrian travel is the top priority.
Mid-block crossing on Front Street
On Front Street between Bay Street and York Street pedestrians outnumber vehicles 10 to 1 during the peak periods. Following directions from the Union Station District Plan, the City Official Plan and the Pedestrian Charter, the City is considering the creation of a “Pedestrian Priority Zone” that ensures safe, direct, comfortable, attractive and convenient walking access to and from Union Station across Front Street. The needs of cars, taxis, bikes and other private vehicles will be addressed in a sensible approach that follows the primary needs of pedestrians.
Designs will balance historical significance with modern needs and opportunities.
The redesign of Front Street will follow established Heritage Precinct Guidelines to preserve the historical importance of the area while allowing for creative and contemporary design solutions. The result will be an expanded and improved civic space that satisfies the functional needs of this transportation hub, while featuring historical architecture and blending with the existing and on going streetscape improvements in the surrounding district.
The primary focus of the study is the portion of Front Street from Bay Street to York Street. For the purpose of undertaking a traffic analysis a secondary study area has been created, which is bounded by Richmond Street to the north, Lake Shore Boulevard to the south, Spadina Avenue to the west, and Church Street to the east.
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Plans have not been finalized. We are seeking your input. The City will be consulting with many stakeholders and will seek public input on options at key stages.
Public Information Centre #1
Our first Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on July 5, 2010 in Union Station.
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- Notice of Study Commencement & Public Information Centre #1 - published June 17, 2010.
- Newsletter #1:
8 pages of photos, drawings and a brief summary of the study to date, including draft plans for Front Street
- Introduction, study process and framework, pedestrian improvements, design context and framework (Panels 1-10)
- “Urban Design Template” showing imagery of some key changes for Front Street (Panel 11)
- All 14 alternatives and their preliminary evaluation (Panels 12-17)
- “Preliminary Preferred Alternative - Alternative 2B” a detailed drawing of the draft plan for Front Street (Panel 18)
- Front Street operations, traffic modeling, conditions, elements of other alternatives to carry forward, and heritage considerations (Panels 19-23, 26)
- Concepts for potential midblock crossings on York St. & Bay St. (Panels 24-25)
- Next steps and topics to be covered during the design phase (Panels 27-28)
- Related Projects: Union Station Revitalization, TTC Subway 2nd Platform, NW PATH, Bike lane on Bay St., York-Bay interchange, and the Entertainment District BIA Master Plan (Panels 29-31)
- Questions & Answers (v1)
- PIC #1 Comment Form
Public Information Centre #2
The City hosted its second and final public consultation event on November 3, 2011. The Preliminary Preferred Design for Front Street at Union Station was on display and participants were invited to review and discuss with the project team.
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Q & A Document – February 2012
In response to comments submitted during the final phase of public consultation, the City has published a thorough Updated Questions and Answers document for the Changes to Front Street at Union Station study.
Notice of Completion
March 5, 2012, City Council authorized staff to issue a Notice of Completion and to file the Environmental Study Report (ESR) for the Front Street West Reconfiguration Class Environmental Assessment Study. In accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment the Notice of Completion was issued in the Metro News on May 9 and 11, 2012.
The ESR is available for public review and formal comment starting May 9, 2012 and ending June 11, 2012.You are invited to download the ESR files below or view a printed version of the documents in one of two locations:
Toronto Entertainment District BIA Office
100 Simcoe St., Suite 110,
City Clerk's Office
City Hall, 12th fl., West tower
100 Queen Street West
Please call to confirm hours of operation.
Environmental Study Report (ESR)
The Environmental Study Report (ESR) documents the planning and decision making process followed in this study, including consultation practices, which has been followed to arrive at the preferred solution. The ESR also sets out the mitigating measures proposed to avoid or minimize environmental impacts.
Below are PDF copies of the complete ESR. Please note, some files are large in size (e.g. 6 MB) and may take a few minutes to download, depending on your Internet connection.
Copies of display materials and newsletter from the public events are available in the "Public Consultation" section.
If you have any comments or concerns regarding this study, please contact:
Senior Public Consultation Coordinator
City of Toronto Metro Hall, 19th Floor
55 John Street
Toronto, ON M5Vs 3C6
All submissions will be documented, reviewed by the project team and included in the project record. We regret that we cannot directly respond to every individual message received. A summary of comments and project team responses will be published on this web page following each stage of public consultation.
Environmental Assessment Process
This study is being carried out as a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Schedule C process. Formally, this study is called the “Front Street Reconfiguration from Bay Street to York Street Class EA”.
The Class EA process includes identifying the problem/opportunity to be addressed, and developing and evaluating a reasonable range of alternative solutions. The schedule ‘C’ Class EA process will provide members of the public and interest groups with opportunities for input at key stages of the study.