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September 14, 2004
St. Clair Streetcar Study recommendations approved
Early this morning, following a 16-hour meeting, the City's Planning and
Transportation Committee, Works Committee and the Toronto Transit Commission
jointly approved recommendations made in the staff report on the St. Clair
Avenue West Streetcar Study.

The transit improvements recommended in the report offer reserved lanes for
streetcars and emergency vehicles, reduce congestion on St. Clair, enhance
pedestrian and driver safety and eliminate delays to transit service that are
caused by heavy traffic during rush hour and traffic patterns on St. Clair
Avenue West.

After hearing over 100 public deputations at yesterday's meeting, committee
members adopted these key amendments:

· Creating a community design consulting group with the four local City
Councillors on it to make decisions about streetscape enhancements, urban
design, streetcar shelter and platform designs and public art
· Replacing trees lost as a result of sidewalk cuts or road widening with
appropriate sized tress in the immediate area, and increasing the overall
number of trees along St. Clair
· Providing additional funding in the 2005-2009 TTC and City capital budgets
for enhanced streetscape, urban design and public art
· Staff from Economic Development's Small Business and Local Partnership work
with BIAs to support a "Shop St. Clair" campaign during construction
· Polling on all Ward 21 local streets adjacent to St. Clair to determine
street support for speed humps
· Preserving the current sidewalk width on St. Clair Avenue West as a key
guiding principle in the detailed design work
· Requesting the Toronto Parking Authority to amend its capital budget
submission to allocate up to $6 M in 2005-06 for necessary replacement parking
to address parking deficiencies in Hillcrest Village BIA, St. Clair West BIA
and Corso Italia BIA areas.
· Considering relocating the Landsdowne Loop to Caledonia and the feasibility
of a possible connection to the Bradford Line Go Station.

The total project will cost approximately $55 - $65 million, including urban
design and streetscape enhancements. The recommendation is on the agenda for a
final decision by City Council at its September 28 meeting.

Media contact:
Rod McPhail, Director, Transportation Planning 416-392-8100



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