Backgrounder: Funding Announced for Additional Public Transit Projects in Toronto
April 23, 2018
Today, joint funding of more than $20 million was announced for 15 new public transit projects across Ontario, including the following transit projects in Toronto, under the Canada-Ontario Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) agreement.
Surface Transit Operational Improvement Studies – Phase 1
The studies include the review and analysis of transit data to identify different types of delays on transit and measure their impact to transit service at the stop and corridor level. The delay “hotspots” are then examined and a set of recommendations will be formed to improve transit reliability (and positively influence ridership) along the route.
Federal and municipal funding: $118,125 each.
Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge
A Municipal Class Environmental Assessment has been completed to identify the preferred design for the replacement of the Glen Road pedestrian bridge and tunnel. The recommended design will provide added capacity for future growth in pedestrian and cyclist volumes and support enhanced access to public transit, including the Sherbourne TTC subway station. Additional technical and design work is needed to advance the implementation of the pedestrian bridge and tunnel.
Federal and municipal funding: $240,000 each.
Installation of Cycling Facilities on Woodbine Avenue
This project includes the installation of cycling facilities on Woodbine Avenue between O’Connor Drive and Queen Street and related traffic studies.
Federal and municipal funding: $250,000 each.
Emery Village Road 2A
The completed “Emery Village Road 2A” Environmental Assessment (EA) was carried out to develop alternatives and design options for a new road to connect Finch Avenue West to Toryork Road, west of Weston Road. The preferred design will provide a new road connection that will improve traffic operations at the Finch Avenue West and Weston Road intersection, as well as reduce delays on the future Finch West LRT. The preferred design will provide improved connectivity, pedestrian amenities and access to existing and planned public transit and facilitate efficient traffic movement through better utilization of the surrounding road network. Additional detail design is required to advance implementation of Road 2A.
Federal and municipal funding: $265,000 each.
The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that transforms 1.75 km beneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a new gathering place for Toronto’s growing population. The active transportation improvements funded by PTIF will better integrate The Bentway and adjacent Fort York National Historic Site into the broader City network, improving north-south connectivity between Toronto’s Waterfront, Garrison Crossing and networks to the north, as well as east-west networks extending through City Place. PTIF improvements include:
- A high quality pathway connecting Strachan Avenue and The Bentway and Fort York National Historic Site;
- Streetscape improvements to the main roadway into the Fort York National Historic site;
- Lighting for a pedestrian/cycling pathway, from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street;
- Three-way stop and related improvements for pedestrian/cycling connections;
- Signalized pedestrian crossing and related improvements for pedestrian/cycling connections;
- Wayfinding signage and markers; and
- Post and ring units and multi racks for bicycle parking.
Federal and municipal funding: $490,000 each.
Finch West Transportation Master Plan (TMP)/Goods Movement Strategy
The Finch Goods Movement / Transportation Master Plan (TMP) will be carried out to develop strategies and alternatives for new and improved transportation connections within the Finch Avenue West and Highway 400 area. The study will identify how goods movement within and between key employment districts, including Emery Village and Duke Heights, can be improved. Specific attention will be paid to reviewing the potential impacts that the Finch West LRT project may have on accessibility to/from the employment districts.
Federal and municipal funding: $600,000 each.
Installation of Cycling Facilities on Lake Shore Boulevard West
This project includes the construction of a protected bi-directional cycle track on Lake Shore Blvd West from Norris Crescent to First Street to fully connect the Waterfront Trail.
Accessible TTC platforms will be constructed and bicycle signals will be provided along the length of the 1.4 km cycle track.
Federal and municipal funding: $600,000 each
King Street Pilot Implementation
The King Street Transit Pilot between Bathurst Street and Jarvis Street aims to improve transit reliability, speed, and capacity. The Pilot, which launched on November 12, 2017, is changing how King Street works by not allowing private vehicles through intersections and instead giving priority to streetcars.
Federal and municipal funding: $750,000 each.
The Yonge TOmorrow Environmental Assessment, previously known as “Living Yonge” is being carried out to develop alternatives and design options for Yonge Street between Queen Street and College/Carlton Street. The preferred design will enhance the streetscape and public realm and provide benefits to the adjacent neighbourhoods. The preferred design will provide improved connectivity, improved pedestrian amenities, access to existing and planned public transit and facilitate efficient traffic movement through better utilization of the surrounding road network.
Federal and municipal funding: $1,745,934 each
Toronto 360 Wayfinding
Implementation of Toronto 360 Wayfinding across the city includes city-wide base mapping, targeted detailed mapping, on-street wayfinding sign location planning, map content development, and supply, delivery, installation and repair of on-street signs.
Federal and municipal funding: $2,950,000 each.
About the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF)
On August 23, 2016, the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto announced that multiple infrastructure projects would get under way in Toronto thanks to the signing of an agreement with the Province of Ontario that brings the federal infrastructure funding program — the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) — into effect. PTIF provides funding for up to 50 per cent of eligible projects, with the City providing matching funds. The federal-provincial funding agreement aims to keep Torontonians moving through investments in the repair, modernization and expansion of the city’s transit and active transportation networks.
Media contact: Deborah Blackstone, Strategic Communications, 416 392-7377, Deborah.Blackstone@toronto.ca