Park Lawn and Lake Shore
“Many of you have written to me regarding concerns with morning rush hour traffic, and I completely understand your frustrations. I’m frustrated as well. The area north of Lake Shore on the west side of Park Lawn was originally zoned for employment uses, a decision the City and I fully supported. Unfortunately developers appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, who overturned the City’s decision and allowed significant density to be built without considering the infrastructure needed to support it.
“You can read the original letter I wrote to City Council regarding this issue here: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ey/bgrd/backgroundfile-85220.pdf
“I frequently travel through this area, and the situation is unacceptable. Unfortunately there is no instant fix, but I am actively working with Transportation staff and 22 Division Toronto Police to find solutions both short and long term.
“I have asked that the entire area undergo a major Transportation Master Plan study, which will survey the neighbourhood, identify issues and create holistic solutions. The study is currently underway. I have also asked Toronto Police 22 Division Traffic Enforcement to monitor the area to help reduce instances of illegal and dangerous driving. They have also asked residents to contact them directly with traffic concerns, either by calling (416) 808-2222 or submitting a complaint online here: www.torontopolice.on.ca/core/
“I’ve also spoken to developers on Marine Parade Dr. regarding dump trucks, and they have agreed to re-route trucks that have stopped on Lake Shore Blvd. W, in addition to having trucks arrive in 30 minute intervals to prevent large-scale backups.They have informed me that the excavation on the site will be completed by the end of the month, which should relieve some of these issues.
“To deter additional drivers from using Park Lawn as a shortcut off the Gardiner, I have asked for a sign to be installed west of Kipling on the Gardiner that will inform drivers of the travel time on Park Lawn – which a traffic study confirmed to be the longest route. You can read about that here on pages 3 & 4:
Park Lawn GO Station Petition
“Councillor Di Ciano and I have also created a petition for a Park Lawn Go stop, which I encourage you to sign if you have not already done so:
145 Humber Bay Express
Councillor Grimes met with TTC CEO Andy Byford last week to discuss the changes to the 145 schedule, the need for transit in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, and solutions for the scheduling issues on the 145 Humber Bay Express Bus, which many have raised concerns about.