This new SmartTrack station on the Kitchener GO Rail Corridor will be a focal point for a dense urban neighbourhood that has developed over the past 15 years, providing local residents fast and frequent transit access to downtown Toronto. The station itself will bridge the divide between the north and south sides of the rail corridor, by completing missing links in the pedestrian and cycling networks. Pedestrians and cyclists will also be able to use these links to access the station itself. Enhanced connections to the existing Exhibition GO Station are also planned to provide an important link between SmartTrack and the Lakeshore West GO Rail Corridor.
- 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 an extension of the planned West Toronto Railpath and a new overpass of the rail corridor (King Highline). It will also be important to have excellent connections between this station and the Exhibition GO Station.
- The station will have good linkages with surrounding roadways including King Street West and Sudbury Street.
- Connections are planned with local transit routes to provide good station access for transferring passengers, including the 504 King and 501 Queen streetcars.
Additional Background Information
The City is working with Metrolinx and the TTC to provide good transfer connections between the SmartTrack station and surface transit routes, such as the King and Queen streetcars. The new SmartTrack station will provide some relief to these routes, which are the busiest in the city.
The King Street Pilot Study is also underway. The King Street 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 existing transit network near this station includes the following:
- 504 King
- 501 Queen
- 508 Long Branch
- 63 Ossington
- 29 Dufferin
- Exhibition GO Station on the Lakeshore West GO rail corridor
Approximately 50% of the land area immediately surrounding the station is designated in the City’s Official Plan as Employment Areas and Institutional Uses including the land east of Dufferin Street in Liberty Village and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health south of Queen Street.
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 generally being used for commercial, office, and creative industry employment. In the future, more jobs could be located in the Liberty Village Employment Area near the station.
Approximately 12% of the surrounding lands are in established residential areas, or Neighbourhoods in the Official Plan.
Approximately 11% of the area is designated as Mixed Use in the Official Plan. Mixed Use areas are places where commercial, retail, office and residential uses are permitted.
Queen Street West and a portion of King Street West are identified as an “Avenue” in the Official Plan. A Planning and Heritage Conservation District Study and Avenue Study on Queen Street West, between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue, is currently being prepared.
There are number of important destinations within this station area, including:
- Exhibition Place/BMO Field / Ricoh Coliseum
- Lamport Stadium
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Liberty Village Commercial Centre and Employment Area
- West Queen West
Population and Employment
- Approximately 6300 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 9500 work within 500m meters of the proposed station (Toronto Employment Survey, 2011)
Neighbourhood Improvement Areas are specially-selected and designated neighbourhoods in the City of Toronto found to have inequities on several indicators of well-being.
The Liberty Village SmartTrack Station will serve the South Parkdale Neighbourhood Improvement Area, which is approximately a 10 minute walk from the 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.