Please note: Funding for Front Extension is no longer included in the waterfront revitalization program of Waterfront Toronto and there are no plans to proceed with the project. This information is provided for archival purposes only.
Front Street Extension Will Alleviate Traffic Congestion Within Residential Neighbourhoods and Waterfront Corridors
The Front Street Extension has been a component of the transportation plan for the central core of the City of Toronto for nearly 20 years. The extension was first proposed as part of the Central Waterfront Transportation Study, conducted in 1983. The need for the extension was confirmed in two further studies, the Railway Lands Transportation Review (1995) and the Central Area Transportation Review, conducted in 1996. All of these studies indicated that the transportation network serving the downtown from the west was approaching capacity and that improvements were required to serve the ongoing and planned new development proposed in the waterfront and railway lands areas.
A two-kilometre extension of Front Street from its current terminus west from Bathurst Street to Dufferin Street, including connections to and from the Gardiner Expressway in the vicinity of Exhibition Place, will provide a new direct entrance into the downtown from the west. The Front Street Extension will also provide new access to the emerging development areas located between Dufferin and Bathurst Streets north of the railway corridor.
The Front Street Extension will increase the flexibility of the downtown transportation network to accommodate existing and future demands.
The capital project will be overseen by Waterfront Toronto and managed by the City of Toronto.