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Pinch Point #4: Downtown Whitby From Frances Street to Garden Street

Study Area: 

A map of the study area showing the extent of the Downtown Whitby pinch point, from Frances Street to Garden Street.

Key considerations for the Downtown Whitby pinch point are:

  • Narrow right-of-way with buildings located close to the property line

  • Some cultural heritage resources

  • On-street parking will need to be removed or relocated

Technically Preferred Option: Curbside (4 Lanes)

Convert curbside general traffic lanes to dedicated transit lanes.

A conceptual cross-section that illustrates the lane configuration of the 4-lane curbside transit lane option on Dundas Street in Downtown Whitby.

Cross-sections are conceptual

Pros

  • Provides priority for transit, improving speed, reliability, comfort and convenience 

  • Avoids impacts to buildings

  • Minimizes potential impacts to cultural heritage resources

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  • On-street parking will need to be relocated to side streets or municipal parking facilities. Today on-street parking is restricted in peak hours in peak directions.

  • BRT shares curbside lane with local transit, resulting in delays and longer travel times

  • Reduces capacity for general traffic and goods movement