Study Process

A Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is a study that examines infrastructure needs within a geographic area and provides a framework for the implementation of projects over a period of time.

The Park Lawn Lake Shore Transportation Master Plan Study follows Schedule B (Phases 1 and 2) of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) process, which is an approved planning process under the Environmental Assessment (EA) Act.

  • Phase 1: identify transportation problems and opportunities in the Park Lawn Lake Shore area.
  • Phase 2: develop, evaluate and recommend alternatives to address the identified problems and opportunities.

Once the TMP is complete, a report will be issued identifying recommendations. If City Council adopts the report recommendations, a Notice of Study Completion is issued to all stakeholders and the project mailing list and a copy of the Transportation Master Plan document is made available on this website and in select local libraries for a 30-day review period. During the 30-day review period, a person can contact the City to resolve any outstanding concerns regarding the project.

Some of the projects which may be recommended in the TMP that have a higher cost and environmental impact will require further study and completion of Phases 3 and 4 of the Municipal Class EA process at a later date.

Coordination with City Planning and the Christie’s Planning Study

Public consultation on the Christie’s Planning Study is taking place concurrently with the TMP. Public meetings are being coordinated to meet both project schedules, both studies are

The Christie’s Planning Study will guide the future development of the former Mr. Christie’s factory site at 2150 Lake Shore Boulevard West focusing on the following themes: mobility, built form and land use, parks and open spaces, community services and facilities and infrastructure, energy and the environment. This work will result in a Secondary Plan and site-specific Zoning By-law which will guide development on the site.

Public Consultation

Public consultation is an important component of the study. We invite you to join us in helping shape the future of transportation options in the Park Lawn Lake Shore community. Learn more about public consultation events and past activities on the Have Your Say page of the project website.

In advance of public events, City staff meet with potentially impacted property owners and convene local stakeholder groups including residents associations, community organizations, and businesses, to share information and obtain feedback.

Evaluation of Alternatives

The first step in the TMP is to develop a long-list of potential improvements for all modes of travel through consideration of the:

  • Problem and Opportunity Statement
  • Feedback received in Phase 1 consultation
  • Projected future land use – population and employment growth
  • Technical assessment of existing conditions & do nothing scenario
  • Potential to increase travel by transit, walking, and cycling

The long-list of potential improvements is considered against screening criteria to determine what viable combinations can be short-listed in Alternative Solutions.

Evaluation criteria will be applied to each of the Alternative Solutions to identify the preferred TMP approach.

Property Impacts

While the TMP process aims to minimize impacts to private property, some of the recommended projects may require property acquisition.

The TMP will perform an initial assessment of where property may be required to achieve the required public infrastructure to allow for the approved plan to be implemented.

Specific property requirements would be confirmed during further phases of the Municipal Class EA process and/or detailed design activities following completion of the TMP. The City will consult with affected property owners to mitigate property impacts and negotiate property acquisition prior to final decisions being made. Some property requirements may be achieved through the development approval process

Natural and Cultural Heritage

Natural heritage features of the study area are:

  • Portions of the Provincially Significant Lower Humber River Wetland Complex, and the City of Toronto’s Natural Heritage and Ravine System.
  • Low terrestrial habitat sensitivity (exception of natural vegetation in Mimico Creek and the Humber River Valley)
  • Low aquatic habitat sensitivity (exception of the migratory value of the Lower Humber River)

The Study Area features 20 built heritage resources, including two designated heritage properties and four listed heritage properties.

A Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment has been completed for the Park Lawn/Lake Shore TMP to determine whether there is potential for archaeological sites to be present, and to inform the evaluation of alternatives.

Indigenous Engagement

As part of the Environmental Assessment process the City shares information about the study with aboriginal groups, and invites opportunity to provide comment.

GO Station

A proposed Park Lawn GO station is in the early planning stage. The Initial Business Case was completed in February 2018, showing the location has positive benefits.

Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario are using The Transit Oriented Communities Development Program to deliver new GO stations. This means third parties will fund new GO stations as part of broader, higher density, mixed use development that is connected, next to or within a short walk of the station. Transit oriented communities increase transit ridership, reduce traffic, increase housing supply and jobs with easy access to rapid transit. The program also allows for the Province to maximize transit investment while reducing tax payer burden.

Service at Mimico station will continue to improve as the GO Expansion Program is delivered to provide all-day two-way service every 15 minutes, or better, along the Lakeshore West Corridor.

Waterfront Reset

The Park Lawn Lake Shore TMP is coordinating improvements with the Waterfront Transit Reset, which includes a comprehensive assessment of needs and options for transit improvements for the waterfront area.

On January 31, 2018, City Council endorsed the overall Waterfront Transit Network Plan, and directed staff to proceed with more detailed follow-up planning and design studies according to priority.

West of the Humber River, it was recommended that a new LRT right-of-way connect to a proposed transit Hub at Park Lawn Road, and that streetcar operations be improved connecting to the Long Branch GO station.

New Streetcar Loop and the Humber Loop

The proposed development of the Christie’s site shows a new TTC streetcar loop within the site. The streetcars would loop into the site from Lake Shore Boulevard and provide a connection to the proposed Park Lawn GO station.

It is proposed that the TTC would extend more streetcar service to a new Park Lawn Loop in conjunction with the development of the proposed Park Lawn GO station.

The existing turn-back functions for streetcars at Humber Loop would move to the new Park Lawn Loop. Humber Loop would remain in-place to provide customers on the streetcar with connections to other bus services and for operational flexibility to accommodate any future streetcar service changes. Improvements to the state of good repair on the streetcar tracks and pedestrian access through the tunnel to the loop were made in recent years – the TTC will continue to work with the City to improve this important connections for the community.

Traffic Projections

The TMP accounts for future 2041 population projections. Traffic Analysis accounts for vehicle movement in the following corridors:

  • Gardiner Expressway, from Kipling Avenue On-/Off-Ramps to Jameson Avenue On-/Of- Ramps
  • Lake Shore Boulevard, from Legion Road to Jameson Avenue
  • The Queensway, from Royal York Road to Jameson Avenue

Traffic modeling includes interactions of all modes of transportation, including vehicles on local roads, highways, and on/off ramps; streetcars and buses, pedestrians, cyclists, and trucks. The traffic model will assess both existing and future transportation network and operations.

Network Improvements

Street network changes recommended in the TMP could include improvements to:

  • Public transit – routing and priority
  • Active transportation connections
  • Lake Shore Boulevard
  • Park Lawn Road
  • The Queensway
  • Gardiner Expressway access and ramps
  • New East-West street connections
  • New North-South street connections

Park Lawn Road

Improvements to Park Lawn Road being considered:

  • Improved operations for all modes of transportation
  • Dedicated transit priority lanes
  • New pedestrian access to proposed Park Lawn GO Station
  • Improved traffic operations of southbound left turn at Park Lawn/Lake Shore intersection
  • Improved traffic operations of Park Lawn /The Queensway intersection, including eastbound through lane, westbound left and northbound right
  • Improved quality and comfort of pedestrian and cycling facilities
  • New signalized intersections at 150 Park Lawn Road and 86 Park Lawn Road.

Lake Shore Boulevard West

Improvements to Lake Shore Boulevard being considered:

  • Dedicated transit priority lanes
  • Integrated TTC streetcar and bus service with the station to create a new transit hub
  • Additional traffic capacity with a new eastbound through lane at Palace Pier Court
  • Widening bridge at Mimico Creek to create additional traffic capacity
  • New connection from Brookers Lane to Lake Shore Boulevard eastbound off-ramp
  • New signalized intersections at Silver Moon Drive, Shore Breeze Drive or other locations as required
  • Improved pedestrian and cycling facilities completing the fragmented network, streetscaping and protecting from vehicle lanes where possible.

The Queensway

Improvements to The Queensway being considered:

  • Improve operations for all modes of transportation
  • Improved traffic operations of Park Lawn Road/The Queensway intersection, including eastbound through lane, westbound left and northbound right
  • Improved quality and comfort of pedestrian and cycling facilities

Gardiner Expressway

Improvements to the Gardiner Expressway being considered:

  • Modification to westbound on-ramp from Park Lawn Road (e.g. dual left turn from Park Lawn Road)
  • Modification to on and off-ramps at Brooker’s Lane

New Road Connections

Different alternatives will be explored for:

  • a new east-west street that could connect through the Christie’s site
  • a new north-south street that could connect Lake Shore Boulevard to The Queensway.

Other Roads

There are private roads and laneways in the study area (i.e.: spaces between or behind buildings) that were created in association with development. Changes to private roads and laneways are not being considered in the TMP.

The proposed Legion Road Extension is part of the Bonar Creek/Legion Road (BCLR) project. Key components of this project include:

  1. A proposed extension of Legion Road North and Legion Road South that would provide one lane of traffic in each direction (north-south) and pedestrian and cycling facilities, between Lakeshore Boulevard and Manitoba Street.
  2. Legion Road extension underpass below the rail corridor
  3. A stormwater pond and sewer connection to improve storm water quality entering Mimico Creek

The environmental assessment for this project was approved by the Ministry of Environment in 2010. The project is currently in the early stages of detailed design. The project team is coordinating with Metrolinx to confirm design parameters and potential construction methods for the grade separation. The traffic capacity improvements intended to be achieved by this road connection is being studied within the Park Lawn TMP to ensure that the connection is meeting project objectives in the current and future conditions. The outcome of this analysis will be used by the City to help inform next steps and timing for the proposed Legion Road Extension.

Cycling

Toronto’s Cycling Network Plan serves as a comprehensive work plan, outlining the City’s planned investments in cycling infrastructure over 2019 to 2021 and beyond. It is primarily based on broad goals of: Connect gaps in the cycling network, Grow the cycling network, and Renew existing cycling routes.

Cycling improvements developed in the TMP could include:

  • Upgraded cycling route on Lake Shore Blvd W including connecting missing links and where possible, buffers from vehicle lanes
  • New cycling route on Park Lawn Road
  • Upgraded cycling route on the Queensway including connecting missing links and where possible, buffers from vehicle lanes

Pedestrians

The TMP will follow the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan and Complete Streets Guidelines.

Vision Zero is a comprehensive five year (2017-2021) action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets, using a data-driven and targeted approach, focusing on the locations where improvements are most needed. The Plan addresses safety for the most vulnerable users of our transportation system—pedestrians, school children, older adults and cyclists.

Complete Streets are streets that are designed to be safe for all users: people who walk, bicycle, take transit or drive and people of varying ages and levels of ability. They also consider other uses like sidewalk cafés, street furniture, street trees, utilities and stormwater management. The Toronto Complete Streets Guidelines should be considered in all City street design projects.

Pedestrian improvements could include adding missing sidewalks, widening too-narrow sidewalks, improving intersections and pedestrian crossings, enhancing accessibility, improving signals, wayfinding, and adding other amenities such as trees and street furniture to improve pedestrian comfort.

Accessibility

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was enacted by the provincial government in 2005 to help make Ontario accessible to people with disabilities. This act lays the framework for the development of province-wide mandatory standards on accessibility in all areas of daily life.

Conceptual and functional designs for new or upgraded infrastructure (e.g. sidewalks) that are developed as part of this project will be AODA compliant. All new or upgraded infrastructure components (e.g. pedestrian signals / push buttons, signage, etc.) that will be implemented by the City of Toronto must comply with AODA standards.