This new SmartTrack station on the Stouffville GO Rail Corridor will provide a critical rapid transit link to downtown Toronto and the rest of the GO Expansion network for one of the busiest local bus corridors in Ontario. Finch Avenue East is planned to dip below the existing rail corridor, where stairs and escalators/elevators will offer direct access to the station platform above. New local streets being planned for the quadrant north-east of the new station will provide barrier-free access to the platforms and improve access to the surrounding employment area.
- Pedestrian and cycling access to the station will be provided from both sides of the rail corridor through public realm enhancements and tunnel connections.
- The station will have good linkages with Finch Avenue East.
- Connections are planned with local transit routes to provide good station access for transferring passengers, including the 39 Finch East and 199 Finch Rocket buses.
Additional Background Information
Existing and Planned Transit
The City is working with Metrolinx and the TTC to create good transfer connections between TTC buses and the SmartTrack station.
The existing transit network within this area includes:
- 39 Finch East bus
- 199 Finch Rocket bus
- 57 Midland (10 minute walk)
- 43 Kennedy (10 minute walk)
Approximately half of the land area immediately surrounding the station is designated as Employment Areas in the City’s Official Plan on the north side of Finch. 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; residential uses are not permitted. Today, the Employment Area is being used for industrial / manufacturing / warehousing.
About 45% of the surrounding lands are in established residential areas, or Neighbourhoods in the Official Plan, located on the south side of Finch East.
Population and Employment
- Approximately 7,870 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 2,765 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.