This new SmartTrack station on the Lakeshore East/Stouffville GO Rail Corridor, located in the heart of historic Leslieville, is being planned and designed as an interchange station with the proposed Relief Line subway, including shared entrances and direct connections between these two rapid transit lines. A well-connected interchange station will provide transit riders with options to access their destinations in downtown and to the north and east. The main station access is planned to be located at the intersection of Gerrard Street East and Carlaw Avenue. There are plans for additional entrances on both sides of the corridor, north and south of Gerrard to provide an important linkage to the Carlaw-Dundas area which has been transforming into a vibrant mid-use creative and cultural hub.
- Pedestrian and cycling access to the station will be provided from both sides of the rail corridor through public realm enhancements and tunnel connections. Enhancements being explored include improvements to the pedestrian and cycling network associated with the station to make it easier to cross the rail corridor, including an improved bridge.
- The station will have good linkages with surrounding roadways including Carlaw Street and Gerrard Street East.
- Connections are planned with local transit routes to provide good station access for transferring passengers, including the 506 Carlton and 505 Dundas streetcars and the 72 Pape bus.
Additional Background Information
Existing and Planned Transit
The City is working with Metrolinx and the TTC to create good transfer connections between TTC buses, the planned Relief Line subway, and the SmartTrack station.
This station is being planned as part of a transit hub, with integrated connections to the Relief Line subway and surface transit routes, including the following existing routes:
- 506 Carlton streetcar
- 505 Dundas streetcar
- 72 Pape bus
- 25/185 Don Mills local/express bus
- 81 Thorncliffe Park bus
The Carlaw-Dundas area has experienced a transformation from former industrial uses to a mix of uses, including significant residential growth.
Approximately 10% the land area immediately surrounding the station is designated as Employment Areas in the City’s Official Plan. In order to grow new 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 uses.
About 65% of the surrounding lands are in established residential areas, or Neighbourhoods in the Official Plan, including the Riverdale Heritage Conservation District. The Official Plan and Riverdale Heritage Conservation District include policies and guidelines for the conservation of heritage properties.
About 20% of the land around the station is designated as Mixed Use. Mixed Use Areas are places where commercial, retail, office and residential uses are permitted. The Mixed Use Area includes the large-format retail/restaurant of Gerrard Square and Riverdale Shopping Centre and surface parking lots.
The area is also subject to Site and Area Specific Policy 247 that permits residential and live/work uses.
The Carlaw + Dundas Community Initiative for the area is being implemented to strengthen the Carlaw-Dundas area as a hub for small business and cultural activities and improve streetscapes and other public spaces.
Population and Employment
- Approximately 7,150 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 2,360 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 within a 10 to 15 minute walk from Gerrard Station.
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.