Feeling congested?
City of Toronto wants you to help find the remedy



feeling congested.pngStarting next week, the City of Toronto hosts a series of Toronto Talks Transportation events so that you can learn what’s at stake — and have your say — about the future of transportation in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.

The City intends that the events, “Feeling Congested?”, will support its work on reviewing the City official plan transportation policies and help develop a new long-term transportation plan and a funding and investment strategy.

The City would like to hear from all transportation users, including motorists, transit passengers, cyclists and pedestrians in all parts of the city. The City Planning Division has planned in-person events (open houses and expert panel sessions), online consultation tools, social media, and do-it-yourself consultation opportunities intended to encourage as many people as possible to participate.

The results of these consultations will culminate in a recommendation to Council on the City of Toronto’s feedback to Metrolinx on its next wave of priority projects and on Torontonians’ opinion of Metrolinx funding options. The results will also provide greater clarity to public and private sector partners on the direction of the City’s transportation infrastructure investment.

Phases two and three of the consultation follow this phase and include more meetings between April and November. Phase two will determine the City of Toronto’s priority projects and refine the official plan transportation policies, while phase three will look at connecting revenue tools to priority projects.

The City’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat visited CBC Radio’s Metro Morning yesterday, Tuesday, January 29, to talk about the City’s plans for the campaign.

She told the CBC’s Matt Galloway that “… this is most important conversation we have to have in this city. What is so fundamentally different about this consultation is the recognition that the solutions don’t grow on trees, that we need to pony up and open our wallets. We need to figure out ways to pay for these plans.”

Keesmaat said that she and her staff will compile the results into a city report that gives the province a sense of what new funding tools residents will accept, and how much they’re willing to pay.

Residents also have the opportunity to provide feedback online at http://www.feelingcongested.ca. The interactive survey lets users rank transportation priorities and funding methods. City staff will collect this data and include it with the information they gather during integrated with the in-person events.

On Facebook, staff explain:

“We get it. Congestion is at the core of most of the traffic frustrations you face. We’re doing a lot right now, but we know there’s much more to do. We know yesterday’s solutions can’t meet tomorrow’s needs. We know we can’t afford to wait and, in fact, we need to act now. We think that we all benefit from a strategic, solutions-focused effort, and we believe the more people that participate, the better our outcomes will be.”

(The meetings occur at the same time as Metrolinx is holding “The Big Conversation” in communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton to inform residents about “The Big Move”, its regional transportation plan, and how the plan affects them. During The Big Conversation Metrolinx hopes also to hear your ideas about ways to fund building transit projects throughout the region.)

To add your say to the City’s ongoing dialogue about public transit and transportation, attend a public meeting:

Or, visit the campaign website where you’ll be able to comment and offer feedback on-line.


Monday, February 4

York Civic Centre
2700 Eglinton Avenue West,
From 4 until 6:30 p.m. and from 6:30 until 9 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Eastbound TTC buses operating along the 32A / 32B / 32D Eglinton West route to Keele Street. Cross Eglinton Avenue West; walk half-block west.
  • Westbound buses operating along the 32A / 32B / 32C / 32D Eglinton West route to Trethewey Drive. Cross Trethewey; walk half-block west.
  • Eastbound buses operating along the 32C Eglinton West via Trethewey route to Eglinton Avenue West east of Keele Street. Cross Eglinton West and Trethewey Drive; walk half-block west.
  • Southbound buses operating along the 41 Keele route to Keele Street south of Eglinton Avenue West. Cross Eglinton West; walk half-block west.
  • Northbound buses operating along the 41 Keele route to Eglinton Avenue West. Cross Eglinton West and Trethewey Drive; walk half-block west.

Wednesday, February 6

Scarborough Civic Centre,
150 Borough Drive
From 4 until 6:30 p.m. and from 6:30 until 9 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • TTC’s 3 Scarborough rapid transit line to Scarborough Centre Station.
  • TTC buses operating along the 9 Bellamy, 16 McCowan, 21 Brimley, 38 Highland Creek, 43B Kennedy via Progress, 129 McCowan North, 130 Middlefield, 131 Nugget, 132 Milner, 133 Neilson, 134 Progress, 169 Huntingwood, 190 Scarborough Centre rocket or 199 Finch rocket routes to Scarborough Centre Station terminal.
  • GO Transit buses operating along the 51 Pickering / York U, 93 Durham College / UOIT/ Scarborough, 94 Oshawa / Yorkdale, 95 Oshawa / Finch and 96 Oshawa / Finch express routes to Scarborough Centre GO Bus Terminal.

Monday, February 11

North York Civic Centre,
5100 Yonge Street
From 4 until 6:30 p.m. and from 6:30 until 9 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • TTC’s 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway to North York Centre Station. Exit into mall and walk underground to civic centre.
  • southbound buses operating along the 97 Yonge route to Mel Lastman Square. Walk through mall to civic centre.
  • northbound buses operating along the 97 Yonge route to Yonge Street and Elmwood Avenue. Cross Yonge Street at the signal, walk north to mall, then through the mall to the civic centre.
  • GO Transit buses operating along the 19 Oakville / North York, 27 Milton / North York, 95 Oshawa / Finch and 96 Oshawa / Finch express routes to Yonge Street and Elmwood Avenue. Cross Yonge Street at the signal, walk north to mall, then through the mall to the civic centre.
  • GO Transit buses operating along the 32 Brampton Trinity Common / North York to Mel Lastman Square. Walk through mall to civic centre.

Wednesday, February 13

City Hall,
100 Queen Street West,
From 4 until 6:30 p.m. and from 6:30 until 9 p.m.

Getting there by public transit

  • TTC buses operating along the 6 Bay route to Albert Street or Nathan Phillips Square. Walk along the front to the building to the main entrance of City Hall.
  • Streetcars operating along the 501 Queen or 502 Downtowner route to Bay or York Streets. Cross Nathan Phillips Square to City Hall.
  • 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway to Queen Station. Leave the station through the City Hall / Albert Street exit, walk through the Eaton Centre, then one block west along Albert Street to Bay Street. Cross at the signal, then walk along the front to the building to the main entrance of City Hall.
  • 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway to Osgoode Station. Walk eastward along Queen Street West to Nathan Phillips Square. Cross the square to City Hall.