Dundas West - Bloor Transit Mobility Hub

High Park Residents' Association (HPRA)

Old Bloor West GO StationOnce every half-century or so, major infrastructure deserves a refresh.

With the Airport Rail Link (ARL) coming soon to our neighbourhood, the time has come to help design a rejuvenated and reconnected transportation hub at Bloor and Dundas!

Provincial transportation agency Metrolinx, with urban planning partners Brook McIlroy Pace, are welcoming community input with respect to the how, what, and where of this exciting project. The first phase - a revamped Bloor GO / ARL station - is slated for completion by 2015.

Electrification Update: Public Meeting

Metrolinx is holding a public meeting to provide an update on the Electrification of the Kitchener and Lakeshore rail corridors, including the new Airport Rail Link (ARL) service. We hope you can join us to learn about the process and discuss it with us further.

Wednesday June 27, 2012
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West
This venue is wheelchair accessible

At this public meeting, project team members will provide information and an update on the:
- Environmental Assessment process for electrification of the ARL service along the Kitchener corridor
- Electrification design for the Kitchener and Lakeshore rail corridors
- Development of performance standards for electrification for the Kitchener and Lakeshore rail corridors

We’re hoping you will join us to learn more about the project, and to help the Metrolinx Electrification team understand your interests and concerns on the subject as we proceed with the project.

An RSVP is encouraged but not required. If you can attend, please RSVP via email to electrification@metrolinx.com.

Your High Park Residents' Association has already been active on this file, calling for a interlocking municipal and provincial approach to development on this corner which:

· exponentially improves on current pedestrian safety;
· provides an increased number of access / egress points for public transit users; and
· enables direct access for pedestrians and bicyclists between the current GO / ARL station, the Dundas West subway station, and the West Toronto Rail (bicycle) Path.

Bloor West GO Station NewRepresentatives from the High Park Residents' Association attended an open house at Lithuanian House facilitated by Brook McIlroy Pace on March 23, 2011. At the meeting a presentation was given outlining the importance of the Dundas West / Bloor Street intersection as a transit hub in an expanded GTA-wide transit system envisioned by Metrolinx. Display boards and a vision wall were also presented to the 100 or so community residents in attendance.

Metrolinx asked the community to submit feedback either on comment sheets provided at the open house or by email afterwards.

The High Park Residents' Association encouraged active participation in the feedback process (which closed on April 1, 2011) and collated input.

At a presentation on January 31, 2012 (download the presentation), Metrolinx reiterated that reconstruction of the Bloor GO station will be done by 2015. The new station will be connected with the Dundas West TTC subway station, probably through direct access to the eastern section of the subway station platform.

Although many stakeholders - including the High Park Residents' Association - prefer to have a connection between the GO station and the TTC subway station through the Crossways retail building, the owners of the building have ruled out the possibility of such a connection crossing through their property.

Metrolinx has indicated that it wants to involve the community through a public consultation meeting in the development of the streetscape aspects of the renovated GO station, especially in regards to the entrance off of Bloor Street West and connecting the station with the West Toronto Railpath.

A date for the public consultation meeting has not yet been set, but it is tentatively scheduled to occur in the second half of 2012. The exact meeting date will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

The High Park Residents' Association advocates for an effective and efficient mobility hub. This reconstruction project is an opportunity for proper integration of GO and TTC public transit, as well as bicycle/pedestrian traffic along surface routes near Bloor and Dundas and the West Toronto Railpath.

We will continue to liaise with both Metrolinx and Brook McIlroy Pace to advocate for a mobility hub that our neighbourhood can be proud of for the next 50 years!

Images courtesy of Metrolinx/
Brook McIlroy Pace

High Park Residents' Association (HPRA)