Schematic Station Concept
This new GO station on the Barrie GO Rail Corridor is expected to be a busy destination station, surrounded by existing and proposed office and residential towers. Planning and design of the station is being coordinated with the City’s proposed Rail Deck Park to be built above the rail corridor, with station access from the park above to the station platforms below. The main station entrance is planned for the intersection of Spadina Avenue and Front Street West.
- Pedestrian and cycling access to the station will be provided from both sides of the rail corridor through public realm enhancements, including Rail Deck Park.
- The station will have linkages with surrounding roadways including Front Street West, Spadina Avenue, and Bathurst Street.
- Connections are planned with local transit routes to provide good station access for transferring passengers, including the 510 Spadina streetcar.
Additional Background Information
Existing and Planned Transit
The City is working with Metrolinx and the TTC to create good transfer connections between TTC buses, streetcars, and this new GO station. The existing transit network within this area includes:
- 510 Spadina streetcar
- 504 King streetcar
There is a potential future connection between this station and a new light rail transit service being studied as part of Waterfront Transit “Reset”. Queens Quay, Bremner Blvd, Front Street, Bathurst Street, Spadina Avenue and King Street are all being considered and evaluated for improved transit services as part of this study.
The King Street Pilot Study is also underway. The King Street Transit Pilot Study is about exploring bold, transformative ideas for how to redesign King Street in order to move people on transit more efficiently, improve placemaking and the public realm, and support business and economic prosperity.
The proposed new Spadina-Front Station is located within the TOCore study area. TOcore is an initiative to prepare a new plan for Toronto’s Downtown along with a series of five infrastructure-related strategies for community facilities, parks and public realm, mobility, energy and water.
About 75% of the land around the station is currently designated as Mixed Use and Regeneration Areas in the City’s Official Plan. These are areas where commercial, retail, office, and residential uses are permitted. The direction has generally been to grow and intensify the number of jobs and residents in Mixed Use Areas and Regeneration Areas in the Downtown.
Key destinations and plans within this area include:
- The Entertainment District and the King-Spadina Secondary Plan Areaon the north side of the rail corridor
- CityPlace residential neighbourhood on the south side
- Queen Street West and King Street West
- The Waterfront and Billy Bishop Airport
- The Well”, a significant new development on the north side of Front Street. It includes seven mixed-use buildings including retail, office and residential uses. Connections between the development and the proposed station are proposed.
Population and Employment
- Approximately 12,975 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 15,368 people work within 500 meters of the proposed station (Toronto Employment Survey, 2014)
The population and employment in this area is anticipated to experience substantial growth when the Well development is completed. Combined with the approved developments in the King-Spadina Secondary Plan area, tens of thousands of new people and jobs are expected to be within a walking distance of the station.
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.