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.

Intersection closure on Broadview Avenue at Gerrard Street East for streetcar track replacement

The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) streetcar track replacement work continues this summer on Broadview Avenue. This will result in the full intersection closure of Broadview Avenue at Gerrard Street East.

From Tuesday, July 24 at 4 a.m. until the beginning of September, the intersection of Broadview Avenue at Gerrard Street East will be fully closed to all traffic. Road users travelling east-west are encouraged to use Eastern Avenue and Dundas Street East or Danforth Avenue. Road users travelling north-south can use Parliament Street, River Street, Logan Avenue or Carlaw Avenue.

Phased intersection closures on Broadview Avenue at Dundas Street East and Gerrard Street East for streetcar track replacement

This summer, from June 25 to September 8, the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will replace streetcar tracks at the intersections of Broadview Avenue at Dundas Street East and Gerrard Street East which will result in phased intersection and road closures.

From Monday, June 25 at 4 a.m. until Monday, July 23, the intersection of Broadview Avenue and Dundas Street East will be closed for the first phase of replacement and repair work. During this time, only northbound travel will be permitted on Broadview Avenue between Gerrard Street East and Dundas Street East. From June 24 until July 24, one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on Broadview Avenue between Gerrard Street East and Danforth Avenue as crews work to repair other sections of track.

Lakeshore East Rail Corridor Expansion Program - Metrolinx Update

Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, is working to transform the way the region moves by building a seamless, convenient and integrated transit network across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Over the next ten years, Metrolinx is transforming the existing GO rail system to deliver a whole new rapid transit experience to your community. With more frequent train service you’ll have more options to get you where you need to go.

Public meetings scheduled on next steps for Toronto's Relief Line subway project

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in partnership with Metrolinx jointly announced today that public meetings will be held on plans for a Relief Line South subway project. The public consultation is outlined in a document issued today called Notice of Commencement and Public Meetings for the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP).

Notice of Commencement of Transit Project Assessment Process

The City, Metrolinx and TTC are working together to bring more transit to communities across the City. To achieve this, we are looking at ways to improve the connectivity of the transit network through the introduction of new SmartTrack stations.

The City of Toronto’s SmartTrack concept proposes using the Metrolinx GO network to provide additional and more frequent transit service in the City of Toronto. Within Toronto, six (6) new SmartTrack stations are planned for the Stouffville/Lakeshore East and Kitchener corridors.

505 Dundas and 506 Carlton Stop Changes

Beginning on February 18, 2018 the TTC is changing vehicle types on the 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton routes from streetcars to buses to maintain service on these routes during the ongoing streetcar shortage. To accommodate buses running on these routes, the TTC is making temporary stop adjustments. These changes will be in effect until at least late 2018.

City of Toronto co-ordinating road closures, speeding up road work and improving infrastructure during busy 2017 construction season

News Release        April 10, 2017

City of Toronto co-ordinating road closures, speeding up road work and improving infrastructure during busy 2017 construction season

The City of Toronto will continue to accelerate construction projects and co-ordinate road closures as it performs significant construction work on the City's roads, sewers and watermains to improve Toronto's aging infrastructure.

The Better Way in Ward 30

Riverdale, Leslieville and East Harbour get new Subway and Smart Track stations

In June, I joined Mayor Tory and Transportation Minister Stephen Del Duca to announce two new Smart Track RER stations that will be built along the existing GO Corridor at the East Harbour (Unilever site) and in Riverdale at Gerrard. These new stations will be served by frequent service electrified trains, connecting our neighbourhoods with downtown and the suburbs.  You can contact my office for more information and to find out about Metrolinx's public consultations.

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