Earlier this month, City Council voted to move forward on expanding our transit network. Together with the Province, the City is advancing SmartTrack which will provide Eglinton West LRT service to Pearson Airport and six new stations along existing GO lines including one in West Queen West. Our community will also receive expanded transit access through a new station at Bloor and Lansdowne on the GO Barrie Line.
As part of the Bloor-Lansdowne station plan, I gained the support of my Council colleagues to ensure that the multi-use trail that is proposed as part of the Davenport Diamond project be extended from Bloor St W to the West Toronto Railpath at Dundas St W. This section of the proposed multi-use trail will be included in the Environmental Assessment process for the station. With multi-use trail connections to the north and south, this new station has the potential to become an important transportation hub for our community.
At the southern end of Ward 18, our community will have a SmartTrack station which will alleviate some stress on the King and Queen streetcars. The West Queen West Station concept also identifies the proposed King High Line project and that additional consideration should be made to allow for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the rail corridor and provide additional access to the station.
The SmartTrack plan will include through service at Union Station so that trains from the west end will have a one-seat connection to Scarborough and points in-between including the proposed East Harbour station where there will be a large amount of development on the Unilever site in the east-end of downtown Toronto. As Toronto moves forward with these projects and others to expand our transit network, I will continue to keep you updated.