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TTC: Cherry Street reconstruction and streetcar trackage (City of Toronto/TTC, U/C)

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From today's meeting.

Recommendations

Transportation Services recommends that:



1. City Council approve the alteration of Cherry Street, from King Street East to the railway overpass north of Lake Shore Boulevard East, to allow for the construction of a transit right-of-way along the east side of the roadway, a single vehicle and bicycle lane in each direction with turning lanes at the intersections, a median dividing the transit lanes from the vehicle and bicycle lanes, wider pedestrian sidewalks, and a centre median, transit loop and pedestrian plaza south of Mill Street, generally as shown in the Drawing Nos. 421G-0255, 421G-0256, 421G 0257 and 421G-0258, dated February 2011 and attached to the report from the Acting Director of Transportation Services, Toronto and East York District dated August 15, 2011.



2. City Council prohibit all vehicular access between Cherry Street and all the properties on the east side of Cherry Street between King Street East and 120 metres south of Mill Street, commencing at the time that construction of the transit right-of-way on Cherry Street begins.



3. City Council rescind the all-way stop control currently in effect at the intersections of Cherry Street and Front Street East, and Cherry Street and Mill Street, commencing at such time as the traffic control signals are installed at the intersection.



4. City Council rescind the traffic regulations currently in effect on Cherry Street between Mill Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East as detailed in Appendix A attached to the report from the Acting Director of Transportation Services, Toronto and East York District dated August 15, 2011 commencing at such time as streetcar service on Cherry Street begins.



5. City Council approve the traffic regulations to introduce transit lanes, a 40 km/h speed limit, turn prohibitions and stopping regulations as detailed in Appendix B attached to the report from the Acting Director of Transportation Services, Toronto and East York District dated August 15, 2011 at such time as streetcar service on Cherry Street begins.
Summary

In July 2011, City Council adopted the Executive Committee report "Leases, Licences and Land Transfers for West Don Lands and 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village" (June 6, 2011), which enabled the conveyance of certain closed streets and lanes to Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation and specific leases and licences to support the redevelopment of the West Don Lands Precinct and the construction of the Pan /Parapan Athletes' Village.



The reconstruction of Cherry Street will be completed by the Province in conjunction with the construction of the Athletes' Village. It is an integrated road reconstruction, transit, cycling and pedestrian design developed through comprehensive community involvement. City Council approved the Environmental Assessment study for construction of a transit right-of-way on Cherry Street in 2008.



This staff report is the next step in the efforts of the Province and the City to facilitate the construction of the Village and its related infrastructure in conjunction with the 2015 project completion date.



The design of Cherry Street, between King Street East and Lake Shore Boulevard East includes the construction of a transit right-of-way extension for the King Street streetcar line along the east side of the roadway, a single vehicle and bicycle lane in each direction with turning lanes at the intersections, a median dividing the transit lanes from the vehicle and bicycle lanes, wider pedestrian sidewalks, and a centre median, transit loop and pedestrian plaza south of Mill Street. All access to and from the properties on the east side of Cherry Street will be restricted except at the signalized intersections of Eastern Avenue, Front Street East, and Mill Street.



Transportation Services is seeking authority from City Council for the necessary road alterations, access restrictions, and traffic regulations to enable implementation of this project in 2011 and 2012.
 

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It looks like it was adopted. Next stop, City Council, arriving on September 21.
 

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Why can't this streetcar be used as transit to the Portlands, instead of that stupid monorail idea? A streetcar along Queen's Quay, Cherry Street and maybe an eastern one along Leslie, should be enough to serve both the Portlands and The West Don Lands.
 

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Why can't this streetcar be used as transit to the Portlands, instead of that stupid monorail idea? A streetcar along Queen's Quay, Cherry Street and maybe an eastern one along Leslie, should be enough to serve both the Portlands and The West Don Lands.
The WT plan is that it will eventually go under the rail berm and join the Queen's Quay East LRT line and that this will, in due course, go to the Portlands. There's lots on this on the WT website. For reasons beyond my comprehrnsion, WT do not discuss a monorail. :->
 

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Why can't this streetcar be used as transit to the Portlands, instead of that stupid monorail idea? A streetcar along Queen's Quay, Cherry Street and maybe an eastern one along Leslie, should be enough to serve both the Portlands and The West Don Lands.
There is 2 plans to take the line south of the loop.

One would see the existing underpass converted to a single lane of traffic with the tracks in the centre. Existing sidewalks remove to allow the conversion with new tunnels on either side of the underpass for cycles and pedestrian.

The 2nd plan call for rebuilding the underpass with access to a new GO station at Cherry St.

The line would extend south and connect to the new QQ line and continue south over a new Cherry St that will be built to the west as well new bridges.
 

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This is up for a final vote at today's council meeting. :cool:
 

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It passed at City Council without debate. I'm not sure if there was a recorded vote, but it doesn't look like it.
 

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It passed at City Council without debate. I'm not sure if there was a recorded vote, but it doesn't look like it.
So what does this mean exactly?
Sorry, I haven't been following this issue/project closely....
 

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So what does this mean exactly?
That it get's built by Waterfront Toronto as they proceed with the Cherry Street rebuild ... which was supposed to be 2011-2012 ... though it might slip a year to facilitate the other construction in the area, according to the latest construction minutes on their website.

I may have jumped the gun slightly. Though Council opted not to debate it, looking at the Council meeting information from the City, they have prepared a bill that must still be passed. Though this is normally a rubber-stamping that occurs at the end of tomorrow's session. Normally they have a single vote on dozens of bills simultaneously that passes near-unanimously. Given no one wanted to debate it today it's extremely unlikely that this wouldn't get passed.
 

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City council has now passed the bill, and ended their session ... looks like it will go ahead.

Ironically, the Ford administration has now approved a bigger expansion of the legacy streetcar network than Miller did in 7 years. Still have some catching up to do to Lastman though ... :)
 

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City council has now passed the bill, and ended their session ... looks like it will go ahead.

Ironically, the Ford administration has now approved a bigger expansion of the legacy streetcar network than Miller did in 7 years. Still have some catching up to do to Lastman though ... :)
Who would've thought that we'd see an expansion of the streetcar network under Ford?
So is it an extension of a line or a brand new line altogether?
 

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Who would've thought that we'd see an expansion of the streetcar network under Ford?
So is it an extension of a line or a brand new line altogether?
I recall redaing a few years back that a new route number may be introduced, but the plan is to essentially have a permanent short turn branch of the 504, kind of like the scheduled Coxwell & Queen short turns on the 506.
Once the line is extended into The Portlands, there were many more options for the route structure, including a Broadview Station to Portlands route.
 

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It'll be a spur line off the 504, I think. Eventually it will connect with the Queens Quay East line and future planned transit for the Lower Don Lands / Port Lands.
 

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Mods, need to rename the thread since construction is starting on this line now.

TTC is starting to weld rails together for the new Cherry St line.
http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/291903/539838230/name/Cherry St_rail welding_2012.pdf

Sounds like a lot of things have change in the last month or 2 from not doing this year for the rebuilding of the road to doing it now and that "Great News"

I and the other team member will see our hard years of back room talking bearing fruit finally.

Don't know if the line will go all the way to King St as plan, or stop at Front St since the section between King and Front is funded by TTC in the first place.
 

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