If you spend any time in Toronto's downtown, you're likely familiar with the PATH network, which provides nearly 30 kilometres of underground walkways and access to more than 1,200 shops and services. PATH accommodates 100,000 commuters daily and generates nearly $1.5 billion in sales revenue annually.
From its beginnings, the PATH (not an acronym) has grown and increased in popularity by offering convenience and year-round, climate-controlled comfort to those travelling in the downtown core.
In addition to office connections, PATH connects to municipal and provincial facilities, nine daycares, four schools, two libraries, 10 parks and several residential buildings. The PATH system has also acquired an international reputation. To attract tourists, it hosts concerts, fundraisers, conventions and other activities throughout the year.
The City of Toronto Planning division embarked on a PATH Master Plan study to clarify the City's role in the continued development of the PATH system.
The study has been well received by the public. Key recommendations include:
- identification of important future connections
- identification/design of significant entry locations, and
- updated design guidelines for a range of users.
The PATH provides Toronto with a unique competitive edge that helps define its world-class status.