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Hwy 27/Woodbine


Many considerations factor into the assessment of new sites including:

Connectivity and Ridership Drivers

  • How many trips will start and end at this station?
  • Does the station connect to other transit lines and have the potential to improve service?
  • Does the station connect to key destinations?

Travel Time Savings

  • What are the time savings associated with the new station?

Market Potential

  • How well situated is the station in relationship to future market demand?

Development Potential

  • Can the station support future development and intensification?

Policy Alignment

  • Does the Station Area conform to Regional land use policy?

Construction Affordability

  • What is the cost to construct the station?

Ease of Construction

  • Can the required facilities be constructed in this location?

Hwy 27/Woodbine

This station has been evaluated as follows:

  • Medium: Policy alignment, construction affordability, ease of construction.
  • Low: Connectivity and ridership, travel time savings, market potential, development potential.                               

What are your thoughts on this analysis? Have we missed anything?

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sappletown's avatar
Feb 29, 2016 - 13:51

A station serving the Woodbine Racetrack and the general area would be great, however, the tracks themselves are not in a location that would be conducive to ridership as they are removed from Rexdale Boulevard and Woodbine Centre mall. Perhaps an extension of the Finch West LRT south from Humber College to this station along Highway 27 would make this station feasible.

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GMej's avatar
Mar 3, 2016 - 13:53

I don't think I have seen a more over rated potential stop. I think people are drawn to the image of it being "right next to a major entertainment venue"....but don't realize that the tracks are on the wrong side of that venue. Between the door to the venue and the corridor sits the practice track and barns, the actual track, the grandstands , etc.

A stop on the KW line at "woodbine" would only serve woodbine if there was some sort of shuttle service to get people around all of that.....and then you have to wonder if customers going for a night's entertainment are going do ditch the car for a train ride to a shuttle? If they are/were willing to do that, it is not clear to me that there is anything you can do in terms of a shuttle that could not be done at, either, Etobicoke North or Malton.

IMO, a Woodbine stop is a waste of resources.

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Franky's avatar
Mar 4, 2016 - 12:06

Poor usage regardless of where the station is near Woodbine. Woodbine is not a highly used facility that it would require a stop. Vaughn Mills, Square One or Sherway Gardens are more deserving of a subway stop than a sparsely used race track/casino.

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Will's avatar
Mar 11, 2016 - 06:21

I think a stop at woodbine would be great, but not on this line or in this location. I won't go into more details because previous commenters have covered my thoughts. I think the resources should be put towards a Finch West LRT extension south along the West side of 27 (The Humber stop has been moved below grade and will stop west of the street facing south). This extension would serve both the Shopping Mall and the Entertainment at Woodbine. It could potentially turn westbound along Queens Plate Dr and service the residential community to the North of the mall and go straight down the heart of the boulevard that goes south Of Rexdale Blvd and Grandstand Entrance Rd finisning its journey by the hall of fame and entrance to track.

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Vaucluse's avatar
Mar 6, 2016 - 22:10

The area around this proposed station doesn't have much employment either, so other than the Casino/Track there isn't much of a draw to this area. Also, anyone given any thought to the waste transfer station about 500m south of the proposed station? I would hate to be stuck on the platform with a wind blowing from the south... yuck!

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sirstclair's avatar
Apr 6, 2016 - 23:10

I think the Hwy.27/Woodbine Station would be an excellent location, if you make it where the spurline exits to the airport, so that the people from Brampton to Kitchener can also get to the airport.
Just because its not in front of the Woodbine racetrack/slots, does not mean people can't get there. They have shuttles (that take people from the parking lot to the main entrance which means they can redevelopment the parking lot and other north lands for a full casino, hotel and entertainment area) that could service the station. And there are a lot of businesses (that work late) in the area (south of Woodbine) and they could probably use a TTC bus or a shuttle to serve it.
SmartTrack should be headed here, not along Eglinton Avenue to the Airport Corporate Centre. We hear a lot about Scarborough and their RT line and getting a subway, what about the people in Etobicoke North which has only buses and one GO stop (Etobicoke North). Take the spurline further from the airport to the Airport Corporate Centre.

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