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Results of Potential Station Area Evaluation

 

Overview

45 potential station areas were originally identified:

  • In Downtown
  • Along the Danforth
  • Key activity areas, east and west of the Don River

Preliminary evaluation has been undertaken and identified those potential station areas that best achieve objectives for the project and address public input, as illustrated below.

View the detailed evaluation criteria used 

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Potential Downtown Stations

Key Evaluation Findings:

  • Bay Street – close to area of high employment density 
  • King / Wellington corridor stands out: 
    • Proximity to highest employment density
    • Ability to extend west along existing public right-of-way
  • Queen Street serves key destinations such as the Eaton Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital and City Hall
  • Front Street / Union Station has high existing pedestrian volumes
  • Adelaide and Richmond are more challenging to extend to the west

Full Evaluation Results:

Results of potential station area evaluation in the downtown

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Potential Connection to the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2)

Key Evaluation Findings:

  • Pape and Broadview stand out:
    • High surface transit and walk-in passenger volumes 
    • Designated as Avenues
    • Ability to extend north following existing public rights-of-way
    • Can facilitate a future northern extension to key destinations such as Thorncliffe Park 
  • The public right-of-way to the north of Greenwood would not allow for a straight alignment following public rights-of-way
  • Donlands and Chester have limited ability to use existing public rights-of-way
  • Carlaw and Jones would require lengthier connections between the existing subway station and the Relief Line
  • Coxwell cannot directly reach Thorncliffe Park along a future northern extension

Full Evaluation Results:

 

Map showing results of potential station area evaluation along Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2)

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Key Activity Areas East and West of the Don River

Key Station Evaluation Findings:

West of the Don River

  • Stations along Sherbourne have more potential because of higher population and employment densities
  • A station at Regent Park addresses social equity and could support redevelopment 
  • Front / Cherry serves areas of new development and can provide surface transit connections to the Portlands
  • King / Cherry is physically constrained with less redevelopment potential
  • Lakeshore / Cherry and River / Queen would be challenging to construct and would have flooding risks

East of the Don River

  • Pape / Gerrard has good redevelopment potential and offers opportunities for multiple connections to existing and future transit
  • Queen / Broadview has connections with multiple streetcar routes and supports redevelopment opportunities 
  • Unilever site has good redevelopment potential and opportunities to connect to future transit; however, there are technical challenges (such as flood protection and soil contamination) 
  • Queen / Degrassi and Queen / Jones are physically constrained

Full Evaluation Results:

Map showing results of potential station area evaluation east and west of the Don River

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