Open the How to Participate tab to review the consultation material and watch the meeting before completing the online questionnaire by Monday, October 5, at 11:59 p.m.
Recommended Design Concept 4c for the area between College/Carlton Street and Queen Street by block
Recommended Design Concept – 4c on Yonge Street, between College/Carlton Street and Queen Street by block.

The Recommended Design Concept is 4c – Pedestrian Priority Zones with One-Way Driving Access (Gerrard Street to Walton Street & Elm Street to Edward Street) and Cycle Tracks (College Street to Gerrard Street).

The proposed daytime operation from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Overnight, there would be two-way driving access for buses, cars and trucks on all blocks. The plan also includes a cycle track on University Avenue from College Street to Adelaide Street.


Refer to Past Consultations to read about past Public Events, SAG and Stakeholder Meetings

All images on this page were created before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization and illustrate recommendations for Yonge Street in a post-pandemic future.

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Based on the expert advice of our Medical Officer of Health to practice physical distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of Toronto residents and our staff, Round Three Consultation will be conducted online, by phone and by mail only.

Choose from online, analog or a mix of both participation options. If you need any assistance or require alternative participation options, email yongetomorrow@toronto.ca or leave a voicemail at 416-338-6866.

1. Review the Consultation Material

Before the Virtual Public Meeting, watch the project briefing video or read the consultation material to learn more about the study and the Recommended Design Concept.

  • Watch the Online Project Briefing video. While the video is closed captioned, you can also download the transcript.
  • Review the Online Information Package for more details on the information provided in the video.
  • Look over the roll plan, which shows the plan view of the Recommended Design Concept – 4c.
  • If you require hard copies of the consultation material, pick up a consultation package from Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St., Toronto, ON  M4Y 2V5. Call Central YMCA at 416-975-9622 for their hours of operation.

2. Join Public Event #3 – Virtual Public Meeting

Public Event #3 was held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meeting included a brief overview of the study and an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

The meeting summary will follow.

3. Complete the Questionnaire

Provide your feedback on the Recommended Design Concept by October 5, 2020.

  • Fill out the online questionnaire.
  • If you require a hard copy of the questionnaire, pick up a consultation package from Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St., Toronto, ON  M4Y 2V5. Call Central YMCA at 416-975-9622 for hours of operation. Use the postage-paid envelope and return the paper questionnaire before Friday, October 2, 2020, to ensure your feedback is received by the comment deadline.
Over the past seven months, COVID-19 has changed how many Torontonians use and prioritize space on city streets.

Under the direction of Council, lane closures and other changes to city streets have been installed as part of the ActiveTO, CaféTO and CurbTO programs to support social distancing. The City is monitoring these temporary installations to identify challenges and opportunities in the short and long term.

YongeTOmorrow has also asked stakeholders how their use of the street and priorities have changed in 2020 and have considered that feedback.

YongeTOmorrow continues to evaluate concepts based on the life span of the road and the needs of people using the street many years from now.

Short term, the Recommended Design Concept supports recovery needs by providing more space for walking, cycling, cafés, on-street retail and public outdoor areas for downtown residents with limited access to parks and private yards.

Older woman walking in a curb lane used for CurbTO.
CurbTO
Shared Space signs on pylons for ActiveTO.
ActiveTO
Curb lane being used as a patio for CafeTO.
CurbTO

Managing Driving Access

Automated gates are recommended to limit vehicle access to pedestrian priority zones during the day. The gates would be wide enough to visually discourage drivers, while allowing emergency services and people cycling to pass. Gates open overnight to allow access for the night bus service and can be opened in the event of subway closures.

Example of automated gate. Den Haag, Netherlands.
Example of automated gate. Den Haag, Netherlands.

Curbs and Tactile Indicators

Mountable curbs are recommended to elevate pedestrian-only sidewalks from the pedestrian priority, two-way driving access and one-way driving access areas that would also be used by buses overnight. A tactile paving strip would indicate the edge of the sidewalk areas to assist pedestrians with low/no vision.

Example of roll curb. Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario
Example of roll curb. Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario

Lighting

It is recommended that the lighting on Yonge Street be simplified by combining pedestrian and vehicular lights on the same pole. This would allow the number of poles on the sidewalk to be significantly reduced. Light poles should be relocated to the new curb edge.

Example of coordinated lighting. Front Street East, Toronto, Ontario
Example of coordinated lighting. Front Street East, Toronto, Ontario

Based on feedback received, more consideration for cycling has been added to the Recommended Design Concept:

  • A separated cycling facility between College Street and Gerrard Street.
  • On blocks with one-way driving access, the lane in the opposing direction is available for cycling.

Why wasn’t a cycle track added along Queens Park
the full length of Yonge Street?

  • Pedestrian volumes, City policy and public feedback all indicate that pedestrians should come first on Yonge Street.
  • A separated, high-volume cycle track is not compatible with the number of pedestrians, events, tourism uses and night buses needing to share limited space available on Yonge Street south of Gerrard Street.

Benefits for people cycling on Yonge Street:

  • Protection from cars and trucks Old City Hall in Pedestrian Priority Zones.
  • Reduced vehicle volumes and speeds on two-way and one-way blocks.
Recommended network connection.
Recommended network connection.

The charts below compare how long it would take to take a bus north or south from College Street to Queen Street or streetcar east or west from University Avenue to Jarvis Street in:

  • afternoon rush hour under current conditions
  • 2031 if Yonge Street remains the same
  • 2031 if Design Concept 4c is implemented

Bus

97B day bus service within the focus area would be discontinued or rerouted. Discussions with the TTC are ongoing. 320 night bus service would be maintained. Stop locations would be relocated closer to pedestrian crossings where possible.

Comparison of the 5A Avenue Road, 6A Bay Street and 6B Bay Street travel time impacts

The highest estimated increase in travel time would be 80 seconds on
the 6B Bay Street going northbound.

Streetcar

No changes are planned to streetcar routes.

Comparison of the 501 Queen Street, 505 Dundas Street and 506 Carlton travel time impacts

The highest estimated increases in travel times would be 40 seconds on the 501 Queen Street and the 505 Dundas Street going westbound.

Subway

Subway services and facilities are not impacted by yongeTOmorrow. The study continues to coordinate project recommendations with planned TTC station upgrades. Subway replacement shuttles would continue to operate on Yonge Street as needed.

Traffic impacts between Queen Street, College Street, University Avenue and Jarvis Street have been estimated using a traffic simulation model.

Concept 4c Intersection changes include:

  • Yonge Street and Shuter Street westbound left-turn ban
  • Right turn permitted out of Eaton Centre parking garage
  • Yonge Street and Gerrard Street southbound right-turn ban
  • Removal of all-way pedestrian crossing (scramble) at Yonge Street and Dundas Street intersection

Further modifications to intersection operations will be considered based on public feedback.

The charts below compare how long it would take to drive north-south from College Street to Queen Street or east-west from University Avenue to Jarvis Street in:

  • afternoon rush hour under current conditions
  • 2031, if Yonge Street remains the same
  • 2031, if Design Concept 4c is implemented

Comparison of the Bay Street, Church Street, University Avenue, Jarvis Street, Queen Street, Dundas Street and College Street travel times

This highest estimated increase in travel time would be 120 seconds on Church Street going northbound.

An In-Service Road Safety Review (ISSR) and a Road Safety Audit (RSA) were completed to inform the yongeTOmorrow design concepts.

The Recommended Design Concept supports the Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan to prioritize the safety of vulnerable road users on Yonge Street by:

Reducing:

  • Driving speeds
  • Car and truck volumes
  • Lane widths
  • Corner radii
  • Crossing distances
  • Posted speed limits to 30 km/h

Adding:

After a design concept is approved by City Council, an Environmental Study Report (ESR) is submitted to the Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks (MECP) for a 30-day Public Review period.

After the project and funding are approved, an engineering team would be hired to develop the preferred concept into detailed plans prior to tender and construction.

The next phase of design will also refine plans for operations, maintenance and street programming. This team will continue to consult with the community on construction schedules, phasing and impacts.

Recommended Timing of Next Steps

  • Detailed Design: 2021–2022
  • Construction: 2023–2025

It is estimated the construction will take more than one year to complete because it includes watermain renewal and utility relocations in addition to the road works.

The timing of next steps is subject to budget availability and capital coordination with the timing of other construction work in the study area.

Post-Construction

  • Educate users on new operations.
  • Temporary enhanced enforcement.
  • Monitoring for necessary operational and programming adjustments.

This diagram shows the typical layout of existing utilities in
relation to the Recommended Design Concept and the chart describes utility impacts.

Utility Impacts
Combined Sewers Relocation of catch basins to new curb alignment.
Water Relocation of watermain away from proposed street trees. Relocate hydrants and valve chambers to match new road alignment and elevations.
Toronto Hydro Electric System (THES) Relocate distribution conduit away from proposed street trees.
Telecommunications (multiple) Minor adjustments to chambers for multiple service providers.
Gas No change.
TTC Subway Minor adjustments to vent grates.
Geothermal (Enwave) Adjustments to chambers.
Toronto Hydro Street Lighting (THESL) Relocate street lighting poles and conduits to new curb edge.
Typical Utilities Cross Section
Typical Utilities Cross Section

After Round Three Consultation, the following activities will be carried out:

  • review and report on feedback
  • report to Council in December 2020

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