Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes has requested the TTC to report on relocating Humber Loop to Park Lawn Ave. and Lake Shore Blvd. W, and to create a dedicated right-of-way (ROW) for the streetcar from the eastern end of the ROW at Glendale and The Queensway (St. Joseph’s Hospital), east to Exhibition Place (Motion 11 on March 10, 2015). The TTC’s report is to come before the 2016 budget, so these changes could be included in the 2016 TTC capital budget.
SETAC fully supports this as an excellent start to improving transit service along Lake Shore. The relocation of Humber Loop has been considered for years, and has fallen off the radar for quite some time. Improved streetcar service to Humber Bay Shores is a key action to mitigating both long waits for the streetcar, as well as reducing automobile congestion by providing an attractive alternative, via the new ROW, to travel downtown.
The following quote is from Councillor Grimes’ newsletter:
During this meeting, I strived to ensure that the interests of Ward 6 were protected and made a motion to move forward with a plan that is long overdue: the relocation of Humber Loop. In speaking to TTC CEO Mr. Byford, I requested that staff investigate the feasibility of including both the relocation of the loop and closing the gap on the streetcar’s dedicated right-of-way in the 2016 TTC Capital Budget. I am prepared and excited to work with local Councillors to extend the current dedicated right-of-way from St. Joseph’s Hospital to Exhibition Place with more connection options. You can see a full copy of my motion here.