Living in Toronto means transit is a part of our daily lives. Planning and delivering reliable public transit is essential to ensuring our community remains a great place to live and work.

This means making sure we have the road infrastructure we need, and expanding the alternatives so more residents can get out of traffic and onto transit or bikes. I’ll keep pushing for better cycling infrastructure locally and connecting Ward 14 to the downtown, and for smart investments in public transit expansion for reliable transit.

Our community knows first-hand that transit planning and construction can be disruptive and frustrating. I’m committed to work with you to ensure that the disruption is minimized, and that getting around our neighbourhood is as easy as possible.

Ontario Line

In August 2019 the Province enacted Regulation 248/19, which resulted in the Relief Line South, Relief Line North, Scarborough Subway Extension, and Yonge North Subway Extension all becoming projects solely under the jurisdiction of Metrolinx.

The regulations also replaced the TTC’s Relief Line South (approved in 2017) and planning for the Relief Line North with Metrolinx’s Ontario Line.

Click here to learn more.

GO Expansion

Metrolinx is currently working on a GO Expansion Program. Their plan includes new train technology on the Barrie, Lakeshore, Stouffville and Kitchener lines in order to accommodate faster trains offering all-day trips, going two ways, as quickly as every 15 minutes. The GO expansion program is already underway incrementally.

As a part of that project, Metrolinx is proposing to build a new facility in the Don Valley. More information on this can be found on the Metrolinx website.

Community groups and local residents have raised concerns about the nature and location of this facility. You can read more about that in this Toronto Star article.  Though Metrolinx made some changes as a result of public concerns –  questions about both the revised location and the consultation process have arisen.  So, I moved several successful motions at City Council on September 30th to help the community get the matter addressed.

Leslie Barns

The TTC is committed to making its services accessible and modern. As part of this commitment the TTC has replaced its fleet of streetcars with new, low floor, accessible vehicles. In order to maintain the new fleet, the TTC has built a new maintenance and storage facility, located at the corner of Leslie St. and Lake Shore Blvd.

TTC Second Exit Projects

A number of TTC stations are getting second exits to improve customer safety and convenience. Some are under construction, with several still in the planning process. Read more about the TTC’s second exit planning and consultation process.

Second exit work is underway at Chester Station, and planning work is underway for Donlands Station and Greenwood Station.

Mayor John Tory announces first ActiveTO major weekend road closures of 2021

April 26, 2021

Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the first ActiveTO major weekend road closures of 2021 will be in place this weekend along Bayview Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East.

The following closures will be in place beginning Saturday, May 1 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 2 at 9 p.m.:

  • Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street

Metrolinx considers significant design change to above-ground section of $11-billion Ontario Line

Friday, March 26, 2021 By Ben Spurr, Toronto Star

Metrolinx is considering significant design changes for a section of the Ontario Line subway, frustrating community groups who say the transit agency isn’t being transparent about how the $11-billion project will impact their neighbourhoods.

The proposed change would affect the contentious two-kilometre portion of the

Metrolinx on collision course with residents, council over building part of Ontario Line above ground

Philip Lee-Shanok · CBC News · 

Despite opposition from many in the community and from Toronto city councillors, it may be full steam ahead to run the Ontario Line above ground through Leslieville and Riverside.

Phil Verster, the CEO of the province's regional transit agency, Metrolinx, says five options were considered and the benefits of using a portion of the existing Lakeshore East rail corridor outweigh digging a tunnel underneath the two neighbourhoods.

Queen Street community centre spared in latest Ontario Line plan, but local residents remain wary

Wed., Sept. 30, 2020
A popular community centre on Queen Street East won’t have to be torn down to make way for the Ontario Line, but despite that good news residents living along the route say they still have concerns about how the provincial transit project will impact their neighbourhood.

On Tuesday, provincial transit agency Metrolinx released updated designs for the most contentious section of the $11-billion Ontario Line: a 2-kilometre stretch between the Lower Don River and the intersection of Pape Avenue and Gerrard Street East.

One year after Ontario Line Business Case transit is delayed again

Toronto, ON – In 2018 Toronto was all set to proceed with the Downtown Relief Line from Pape Station to Queen Station, which would have been a huge benefit to commuters.

When Ford became Premier he closed down the shovel ready Relief Line and brought forward his own Ontario Line plan. It was one year ago, on July 25, 2019, that Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario released their Initial Business Case for the Ontario Line.

Data shows ActiveTO weekend road closures make room for thousands of people to enjoy physical activity along Toronto’s most popular trails

Today, Mayor John Tory announced that data shows ActiveTO major road closures are making room for people to be physically active along Toronto’s busiest and most popular trails. Each weekend, these closures make space for residents to be outside, physically active and practise physical distancing while enhancing their overall wellbeing.

City staff collected and verified data from Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, the first weekend that all of the closures (Lake Shore Boulevard West and East, as well as Bayview Avenue) were put in place. The data confirmed that the routes are a very popular option for people walking, running and on bikes who need space along Toronto’s busiest trails.

Toronto's Leslieville residents band together to bury the Ontario Line

January 27, 2020 By David Nickle, Toronto.com
Almost a decade ago, in 2011, some Leslieville residents may have rolled their eyes when they heard former councillor Doug Ford and his brother, the late Mayor Rob Ford, chant “Subways, subways, subways,” as they pushed for underground mass transit instead of surface light rail lines in Scarborough. It is a chant that echoes with a certain irony now, as residents in that

Traffic Notice: Commissioners Street & Don Roadway Closures Starting December 18, 2019

From Waterfront Toronto

Starting on December 18, Don Roadway will be closed between Commissioners Street and Villiers Street. Starting December 19, Commissioners Street will be closed between Munition Street and Don Roadway. These closures will remain in place until Summer 2022.

Our design to protect this area from flooding includes road and utility work. These closures will allow us to:

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