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Traffic & Transportation - East Harbour Station

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Key Findings

  • The study area includes an east-west arterial road* (Eastern Avenue), a north-south arterial road (Broadview Avenue), and two local roads** (Lewis Street and Sunlight Park Road).
  • The rail network within the study area consists of multiple Metrolinx-owned rail tracks that service GO Transit and VIA Rail commuter lines as well as freight trains operated by Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway.
  • TTC operates one bus route (#143 Downtown/Beach Express) in the study area.
  • The level of service assessment of the existing transportation and transit networks within the study area is summarized as follows:
    • vehicles experience acceptable levels of service*** at the studied intersection of Eastern Avenue and Broadview Avenue in both the AM and PM peak hours;
    • pedestrians and cyclists experience critical levels of service at the studied intersection of Eastern Avenue and Broadview Avenue and along the studied section of Eastern Avenue; and
    • transit vehicles experience acceptable levels of service at the studied intersection of Eastern Avenue and Broadview Avenue and along the studied section of Eastern Avenue.
  • During construction, potential impacts to the transportation and transit network such as lane restrictions, realignment of sidewalks and bike lanes, and partial or full closure of the rail tracks will be temporary and will be minimized via appropriate mitigation measures (see Potential Effects & Mitigation Measures).
  • As the detailed construction staging schemes that describe the potential modifications to the existing transportation network become available, a comprehensive quantitative traffic impact assessment will be completed.

*Arterial road is a high-capacity urban road designed to deliver traffic at the highest possible level of service.
**Local road is a low-capacity road which serves land adjacent to collector roads, extends over relatively short distances and has low operating speed.
***Level of service is an indicator describing the performance of individual transportation network elements from the perspective of motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users. Level of service “A” to “D” indicate acceptable operations, where “E” and “F” indicate unacceptable/critical operations.

Existing Pedestrian Network within the East Harbour Station Early Works Traffic and Transportation Study Area

Potential Effects & Mitigation Measures

Potential Effects:

  • Temporary lane restriction/closures and construction vehicle traffic causing impacts to traffic flow of nearby roads such as Eastern Avenue and Broadview Avenue.
  • Travel time delays for existing transit services (i.e., TTC bus route #143 Downtown/Beach Express) due to potential lane restrictions and construction vehicle traffic.
  • Potential realignment of the existing sidewalks along Eastern Avenue, Lewis Street, Broadview Avenue, and Sunlight Park Road could lead to increased walking distances.

Temporary full or partial closure of existing rail tracks may cause temporary reductions or delays of typical rail services.

Mitigation Measures:

  • Develop and implement a transit and traffic management plan as planning progresses.
  • Consider scheduling early works activities during off-peak periods and weekends to minimize disruptions to traffic during the critical peak hours.
  • Issue notifications and advisory signage to alert traffic and transit users of any upcoming road closures and disruptions as required.
  • Coordinate with the City of Toronto to provide pedestrians and cyclists with safe, accessible, and continuous routes during early works activities.
  • Consult and coordinate with the City of Toronto to ensure any modifications to pedestrian crossing distances at signalized intersections are reflected in revised pedestrian clearance timing.
  • Consult with rail companies (i.e., Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, and VIA Rail) that operate along the rail corridor to assess how track closures would impact their service and coordinate temporary schedules to accommodate all rail services on the open tracks.

Eastern Avenue bridge in the East Harbour Station study area, looking east along Eastern Avenue.

Eastern Avenue bridge in the East Harbour Station study area, looking east along Eastern Avenue.
Source: https://www.blogto.com/city/2018/11/eastern-avenue-toronto/

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