This new SmartTrack station on the Stouffville GO Rail Corridor will provide critical access to downtown and the rapid transit network for transit riders in the busy Lawrence East corridor. The station is planned to straddle Lawrence Avenue East and provide enhanced connections with buses, using stairs and escalators or elevators. There will be new bus stops located on the bridge deck directly above the new station platforms. Pedestrian and cycling access to the station will also be provided to existing neighbourhoods to the south of the new station, and new local streets are being planned to unlock the potential of the quadrant to the north-west of the station.
- Pedestrian and cycling access to the station will be provided from both sides of the rail corridor through public realm enhancements and new connections.
- The station will have good linkages with Lawrence Avenue East.
- Connections are planned with local transit routes to provide good station access for transferring passengers, including the 54 Lawrence East 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 and the SmartTrack station. A new TTC bus stop is proposed to provide a vertical connection to the station platforms. A small bus facility may be incorporated into the station, underneath the overpass.
The existing transit network within the area includes:
- 54 Lawrence East bus
- 57 Midland Ave bus
- 43 Kennedy Road bus
- Lawrence Rapid Transit Station (to be decommissioned)
Lawrence East Rapid Transit (SRT) Station Closure
The current plan is to have the entire SRT Line fully operational during the construction of the Line 2 Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE). The City is working with Metrolinx and TTC to develop a coordinated phasing strategy for the new construction of the SmartTrack station and decommissioning of the SRT.
Approximately 35% of the land area immediately surrounding the station is designated as Employment Areas in the City’s 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; residential uses are not permitted. Today the Employment Area is being used for industrial/manufacturing/warehousing uses.
About 10% of the surrounding lands are in established residential areas, or Apartment Neighbourhoods in the Official Plan, located on the south side of Lawrence Avenue east of the rail corridor
About 30% 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. Today, the Mixed Use Area includes Centennial College Midland Campus. On the south side of Lawrence Avenue East, west of the rail corridor, a portion of the Mixed Use Area has been developed with low-rise residential development.
Lawrence Ave East is identified as an “Avenue”. An Avenue Study has not been completed for this section of Lawrence Avenue.
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 two Neighbourhood Improvement Areas that would be within a 10 to 15 minute walk from the station:
- Ionview (500 metres)
- Eglinton East (800 metres)
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.