This new SmartTrack station on the Kitchener GO Rail Corridor will anchor a re-emerging employment area, which will have improved connections to the city thanks to planned improvements to Davenport Road, Keele Street, Gunns Road and a widening of St. Clair Avenue West. Expansion of the St. Clair underpass will facilitate connections between SmartTrack and the 512 Streetcar. Pedestrians and cyclists headed elsewhere on the GO network will be able to access the station from both sides thanks to public realm improvements and tunnel connections.
- 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 surrounding roadways such as St. Clair Avenue West, Union Street, Townsley Street, Weston Road, Old Weston Road, as well as planned road extensions of Keele Street, Davenport Road, and Gunns Road.
- Connections are planned with local transit routes to provide good station access for transferring passengers, including the 512 St Clair Streetcar and expanded bus service along Union Street.
- Station planning and design is being integrated with the St. Clair Transportation Master Plan (TMP) projects, which includes road improvements for the area, such as widening of St. Clair Avenue West, and extensions of Keele Street, Davenport Road, and Gunns Road. This will allow for coordination of design and construction of the station and TMP projects.
Additional Background Information
Existing and Planned Transit
The City is working with Metrolinx and the TTC to create good transfer connections between TTC bus and streetcar routes and the St.Clair West SmartTrack station. The existing surface transit network near this station includes the following:
- 512 St. Clair streetcar
- 41 Keele bus
- 89 Weston bus
- 127 Davenport bus
- 168 Symington bus
Approximately half the land around the station are set aside for Employment Uses in the 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 large format retail and industrial/manufacturing/warehousing uses.
About one third of the land around the station is in established residential areas, or Neighbourhoods in the Official Plan.
A small amount of land around the station – about 5% – is designated as Mixed Use in the Official Plan. This land is located on St. Clair West, east of Old Weston Road. Mixed Use areas are places where commercial, retail, office and residential uses are permitted. The Mixed Use Area between the rail corridor and Weston Road has been developed as a residential area.
St Clair Avenue West is identified as an “Avenue” in the Official Plan. The direction is generally to grow and intensify the number of jobs and residents along Avenues in Mixed Use Areas. Since each Avenue is different, an Avenue study is required to be completed to guide growth and make sure it is appropriate for the street and surrounding area. An Avenue Study has been completed for the section of St Clair from Keele Street to Glenholme Street.
Population and Employment
- Approximately 3,010 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 1,285 people work within 500 meters of the proposed station (Toronto Employment Survey, 2016)
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 St Clair SmartTrack Station will increase transit accessibility to three Neighbourhood Improvement Areas which are within a ten minute walk from the station:
- Weston-Pellam Park (500m)
- Keelsdale-Eglinton (800m)
- Rockcliffe-Smythe (800m)
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.