Schematic Station Concept
This new GO station on the Barrie GO Rail Corridor will provide a critical link between GO RER and the TTC Line 2 subway at Lansdowne Station. An extension of the Barrie Corridor multi-use path will connect it to the popular West Toronto Railpath – providing an important new link in Toronto’s cycling network. This station will also be accessible from existing neighbourhoods on both the east and west, providing a link across the existing rail corridor.
- Pedestrian and cycling access to the station will be provided from both sides of the rail corridor through public realm and tunnel enhancements.
- The station will have linkages with surrounding roadways including Bloor Street West, Lansdowne Avenue, and Sterling Road, as well as the West Toronto Railpath on the Kitchener GO Rail Corridor.
- Connections are planned with local transit routes to provide good station access for transferring passengers, including the 47 Lansdowne bus.
Additional Background Information
The City is working with Metrolinx and the TTC to create good transfer connections between TTC buses and the new GO station.
Bloor-Lansdowne Station is part of the Dundas West Mobility Hub, which includes the Dundas West subway station (Line 2), the Bloor GO Station along the Kitchener GO Rail Corridor, and the Union Pearson Express.
The existing transit network in this area also includes:
- 47 Lansdowne bus
- 506 College streetcar
- 505 Dundas streetcar
Approximately 5% of land around the station is set aside for Employment Uses in the Official Plan. In order to grow new business enterprises and jobs in the city, land in Employment Areas is intended for economic, employment and other supportive uses and residential uses are not permitted. Today, the Employment Area is being used by industrial/manufacturing/warehousing, retail and cultural uses. To the north of the station on the east side of the rail corridor is the Perth-Sterling Revitalization & Employment Area.
About 65% of the land around the station is in established residential areas, or Neighbourhoods in the Official Plan.
About 10% of the land around the station is designated as Mixed Use in the Official Plan, generally on Bloor Street and on Dundas Street West. Mixed Use areas are places where commercial, retail, office and residential uses are permitted.
Bloor Street West is identified as an “Avenue”. The direction is generally to grow and intensify the number of jobs and residents along Avenues in Mixed Use Areas. Since each Avenue is different, an Avenue Study is required to be completed to guide growth and make sure it is appropriate for the street and surrounding area. An Avenue Study was completed in 2000 for this section of Bloor Street between the Dundas Street West intersection and Lansdowne Avenue. The Bloor-Lansdowne Avenue Study recommendations included introducing a mix of residential and commercial permissions and heights in keeping with other portions of Bloor Street West, streetscape improvements, options for a connection between the TTC and GO facilities, and community service and facility improvements. For more information on the Bloor-Lansdowne Avenue Study click here.
Population and Employment
- Approximately 8,410 people live within 500 metres of the proposed station (2011 Canada Census). The 2016 census data is anticipated to be available in late 2017.
- Approximately 1,590 people work within 500m meters of the proposed station (Toronto Employment Survey, 2014)
Neighbourhood Improvement Areas are specially-selected and designated neighbourhoods in the City of Toronto found to have inequities on several indicators of well-being. There are no Neighbourhood Improvement Areas located in this station area.
The amount of dark blue in the graphic to the left indicates the level of social inequities within 500 metres of the proposed station, based on 15 indicators identified by the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020.