More than 1,300 residents have signed the petitions to help stem traffic gridlock in the area
By Cynthia Reason
Two recently launched petitions aimed at bringing a GO station to the gridlocked intersection of Park Lawn Road and Lake Shore Boulevard West have started to gain traction, garnering a combined total of more than 1,300 signatures in a little more than a week.
The first, initiated by Etobicoke-Lakeshore councillors Justin Di Ciano (Ward 5) and Mark Grimes (Ward 6) Wednesday, March 9, calls on Metrolinx and the province to invest in a Park Lawn station along GO’s Lakeshore Line. That petition, which can be found at chn.ge/1RirpUY, boasted 777 signatures as of Wednesday at noon.
“By investing in a new stop at Park Lawn, in addition the Mimico GO station, you will provide thousands of residents the ability to get out of their cars and get where they need to go quickly, while at the same time helping to take the pressure off our already over-burdened infrastructure,” reads the petition, which is addressed to Metrolinx president and CEO Bruce McCuaig and Chief Planning Officer Leslie Woo, Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn.
Di Ciano and Grimes’ petition underscores the “period of intense residential growth” currently being undertaken in Etobicoke-Lakeshore as the major impetus behind the “critical demand” for better transit infrastructure in the area – noting that, by the time construction of residential developments in the Park Lawn and Lake Shore Boulevard West area are complete, there will be approximately 28,000 residents living within just a few square kilometres.
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