Willowdale Road Work Coming

Willowdale Road Work Coming

As we transition into spring, a number of large-scale reconstruction, repair and maintenance projects are scheduled to begin in our community. Residents will be particularly interested in some of the projects that will cause some traffic delays.

As the full reconstruction of Yonge Street (Sheppard to Finch) has been pushed back to allow for the REimagine Yonge project to come back to Council this year, a temporary resurfacing project will get underway in early October to address the badly deteriorating conditions until a proper reconstruction can be addressed in 3-5 years.  …

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Getting Yonge/401 Back on Track

Getting Yonge/401 Back on Track

Willowdale residents have been endlessly frustrated by the lack of action on improving the Yonge Street & Highway 401 interchange to allow southbound traffic to turn eastbound onto the highway more efficiently and address traffic back-ups in both directions.  Multiple studies have addressed these concerns, so why no action?

A joint study was presented in 2013 by the City of Toronto Transportation Staff and the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO).  The recommendation was to proceed to a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to get an upgrade of the interchange moving …

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From City Hall: New TTC Buses Revitalizing City Fleet

From City Hall: New TTC Buses Revitalizing City Fleet

The City of Toronto has announced a $934 million investment into 1,738 new and revitalized buses in the city to improve public transit for local travelers. New buses will result in shorter wait times, more reliable service and increased accessibility.

The total investment is split between the City and the Government of Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). This fund was established in 2016 to match up to 50% of eligible project costs allocated to municipalities based on local ridership. This commitment is part of a $3.6 billion national program to improve …

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New Signals Approved for Doris & Princess Avenues

New Signals Approved for Doris & Princess Avenues

John was pleased to work with the parents and administration at Earl Haig Secondary School along with TDSB trustee Alexander Brown to develop a proposal for new crossing signals at Doris and Princess Avenues.  North York Community Council adopted staff recommendations this week that proposed adding a signalized crossing at this location by early 2019.

For many years, parents and members of the community have expressed concern about the large number of students and other residents crossing Doris Avenue at this location.  Each time a signalized crossing was looked at by …

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Decision on REimagine Yonge Deferred

Decision on REimagine Yonge Deferred

City Council last week deferred consideration of REimagine Yonge. The deferral came after the TTC raised last-minute concerns about potential conflict between bike lanes and a bus lane north of Finch Avenue.  With this issue unresolved, the Transform Yonge option would not likely have passed. John therefore reluctantly supported postponing the decision.
The issue could possibly come back to Council this term or, as the last Council meeting this term is in July, a decision may be delayed until 2019.

 

The Transform Yonge option is recommended by city staff and was supported …

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REimagine Yonge (UPDATED)

REimagine Yonge (UPDATED)

UPDATE – March 2018

City Council this week deferred consideration of REimagine Yonge. The deferral came after the TTC raised last-minute concerns about potential conflict between bike lanes and a bus lane north of Finch Avenue.  With this issue unresolved, the Transform Yonge option would not likely have passed. John therefore reluctantly supported postponing the decision.

The issue could possibly come back to Council this term or, as the last Council meeting this term is in July, a decision may be delayed until 2019.

The Transform Yonge option …

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City Builders release Open Letter to Mayor and Members of Council on REimagine Yonge

City Builders release Open Letter to Mayor and Members of Council on REimagine Yonge

This morning, the team at the Ryerson City Building Institute asked John to distribute this open letter addressed to the mayor and members of council regarding the coming vote on PW27.1 REimagining Yonge on their behalf.

How could this many great urban thinkers be wrong?

OPEN LETTER TO TORONTO MAYOR AND COUNCIL RE: TRANSFORM YONGE

March 23, 2018

Dear Mayor Tory and Council,

This is an Open Letter to support the “Transform Yonge” recommendation for Yonge Street in North York. We believe that this is a once in generation opportunity …

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Update: Sheppard Yonge Station PRESTO Fare Gate Installation

Update: Sheppard Yonge Station PRESTO Fare Gate Installation

The TTC will be installing new PRESTO gates at Sheppard Yonge Station. Like many of you, John was concerned with the full closure of two entrances until mid-March for construction. John has worked with the TTC to revise the construction phases and we will no longer see full closures of TTC entrances during construction. The TTC will have Customer Service Representatives on site during all phases of construction at entrances to assist with directions.

Sheppard West and Harlandale Automatic Entrances

Sheppard West automatic entrance was scheduled to …

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RBC Race for the Kids (Lane Restrictions) & Terry Fox Run

RBC Race for the Kids (Lane Restrictions) & Terry Fox Run

Willowdale residents will want to be aware of races being held in our community this weekend.  RBC’s annual Race for the Kids in support of youth mental health at Sunnybrook, will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  Over the past three years, the race has welcomed 28,000 participants, raising over $7-million for this important cause.

Road closures will be in effect on Yonge Street (between Sheppard Ave and north of Finch Ave) from 7:15 AM to 11:15 AM.  Finch Ave will also be closed between Doris Ave and Beecroft Road.  For a …

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Citywide Transit Update

Citywide Transit Update

Keeping track of the city’s transit priorities has become a difficult task – even for those of us who vote to set the priorities. However, an update on one of the most critical files at City Hall:

The new Line 1 subway extension from the Sheppard West Station (at Downsview) to Vaughan Centre is expected to open by the end of this year.

Construction is underway, via Metrolinx, for both the Eglinton Crosstown and the Finch West LRT (from the new Finch West station to Humber College) with openings planned …

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John Calls on Province to Broaden Camera Enforcement

John Calls on Province to Broaden Camera Enforcement

Over the past several months, John and his staff have had conversations with local community groups and senior officers at TPS 32 Division discussing enforcement strategies in an overly congested traffic environment.  Too often, even when a uniformed officer is available to observe a traffic infraction on a busy road like Yonge Street, they will avoid issuing a ticket as this process would take out a lane of traffic for 10-15 minutes.  The recommendation from local Superintendent Sam Fernandes has been to work towards camera enforcement …

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City Takes Next Steps on SmartTrack & Transit

City Takes Next Steps on SmartTrack & Transit

City Council adopted a package of recommendations this month to move forward with SmartTrack and Eglinton West LRT.  SmartTrack is the integration of 6 new stations on Metrolinx’s GO lines.  The Province is working towards the electrification of these lines to allow faster moving trains running at greater frequency.  Adding stations through these corridors will make the GO a more viable subway-type option for Toronto residents and, more importantly for Willowdale residents, take some pressure off of Line 1 (Yonge).

John voted in favour of these …

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