West Toronto Rail Path

Construction at Bloor GO Station

GO Train at Bloor StationGO Train at Bloor Station

Information from Metrolinx / GO Transit. You can download PDF copes of this flyer in English and French.

The Georgetown South (GTS) Project will provide infrastructure improvements to meet existing GO Transit ridership demand and future growth. It will also accommodate the new Union Pearson Express (formerly known as the Air Rail Link) service between Union Station and Pearson International Airport. This project is one of the key elements of The Big Move.

Bloor GO Station Construction Work begins January 28

What we are doing

  • We are extending the existing north platform towards Ernest Avenue.
  • This first phase of work involves utility relocation and installation of a shoring wall through the use of augured piles. We will also install construction hoarding along our property line adjacent to the West Toronto Railpath.
  • After construction is fully complete in 2014, the new Bloor GO/UP Express station will be fully accessible with the following customer amenities:
    • A new ticket sales and customer service booth;
    • A platform snowmelt system;
    • Platform canopies;
    • New bike racks;
    • Station and train information boards;
    • New pedestrian tunnels with enhanced lighting and CCTV cameras;
    • New platform access from the West Toronto Railpath.

Public Meeting: Bloor GO / Air Rail Link Station

Event information from Metrolinx:

The Georgetown South (GTS) Project will provide infrastructure improvements to meet existing GO Transit ridership demand and future growth. It will also accommodate existing and future VIA Rail and CN freight train service as well as the new Air Rail Link between Union Station and Pearson International Airport.

Bloor GO Station Public Meeting
GO Transit is committed to keeping you informed about our construction activities and infrastructure projects. In keeping with The Big Move, Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan, we are planning to update and improve Bloor GO Station, making it a more modern link to safe, comfortable and convenient public transportation by early 2015. The project involves station enhancements, including a new barrier-free pedestrian tunnel and rehabilitation of the existing pedestrian access from Bloor Street. The improved Bloor GO Station will also feature an Air Rail Link stop, providing a seamless connection from Union Station to Pearson International Airport .

You are invited to attend our public information session to learn about the upcoming plans for Bloor GO Station. Representatives from GO Transit, as well as the project’s consultants, will be on hand to answer questions.

Monday, December 10 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Lithuanian House
1573 Bloor Street West

Community "Lot Party" This Saturday

A group of enthusiastic locals is throwing a "lot party" this Saturday November 3rd from noon until 7pm. The location is the lot (known as the dog walk field) north of Wallace and south of Ruskin along the Railpath.

Family activities will include face painting, apple bobbing, field sports and an arts and crafts station. There will be live music as well and it will be a great chance to meet neighbours and make new friends.

Lot Party PosterLot Party Poster

Dundas/Sterling: Meeting slides and notes posted

Dundas and Sterling - Proposed Changes (July 30 2012)Dundas and Sterling - Proposed Changes (July 30 2012)

The City's cycling department has posted the presentation slides, meeting notes, and a complete collection of comments from the July 30 2012 meeting about improvements to the Dundas St. West / Sterling Rd. / West Toronto Railpath intersection.

The city's notes are posted here (944KB PDF file).

Thanks to Councillor Bailao for sending the link to these notes.

Railpath Community Run

To celebrate the Railpath, and promote health within our communities on September 30th, 2012 a community run/walk will be held on the West Toronto Railpath. The charitable partner for the event will be The Stop Community Food Centre.

This event has a unique format that differentiates it from other local running events. Instead of a set distance (such as 5km), this is a timed lap-based event. In 45 minutes, participants will complete as many laps of the 2.1 km stretch as possible. This is great to practice your speedwork as a competitive runner, or not be overwhelmed by needing to complete a big distance as a new runner or casual walker. There is something for everyone, and you decide what that is for you!

There are lots of prizes available for participants and every registrant before September 7th will receive a commemorative t-shirt and shoe-tag medal. Refreshments after the event are also included. We'd love to see lots of participation from the local Junction Triangle community!

Details about the event are here: railpathcommunityrun.wordpress.com

To directly go to the registration page go here: www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=8247

Opening of new Railpath to Perth/Sterling Link

Railpath connection to Perth/Sterling, under construction: May 20, 2012Railpath connection to Perth/Sterling, under construction: May 20, 2012

If you've been down the West Toronto Railpath, south of Bloor St., in the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed something new: A connection from Perth Ave. and Sterling Rd. to the Railpath is currently under construction. In the photo above, taken May 20th, it's just a gravel path, but since this past weekend it was freshly paved.

Jane's Walk: Why Cheap Parks Are More Fun

Campbell Park - Soup on the Campfire: Onion soup and toasted croutons on the campfire. Campbell Park Friday Night Skating Party. Photo by Vic Gedris, 2011-01-28Campbell Park - Soup on the Campfire: Onion soup and toasted croutons on the campfire. Campbell Park Friday Night Skating Party. Photo by Vic Gedris, 2011-01-28

Started in 2007, Jane's Walk is an annual event honouring the late urban thinker, activist, and writer Jane Jacobs. On May 5 and 6 2012, free walking tours will take place in cities all over Canada, the USA, and other countries around the world.

On Sunday May 6, starting at 3:00PM, the Why Cheap Parks Are More Fun walking tour, guided by Jutta Mason, will start at MacGregor Park, widing its way via Lansdowne, the Railpath, and other places to finish at Campbell Park for a campfire.

Cycle and Celebrate the West Toronto Railpath June 16th.

Details from the Cycle Toronto website:

Event date: 16 June, 2012 - 13:00 - 16:00, Bike ride at 12:00 noon.
Event Type: Festival / Special Event

The West Toronto Railpath is a beautiful and award-winning public space to walk, ride a bike, and enjoy being active and outdoors. On Saturday June 16, CultureLink Settlement Services, Cycle Toronto, the Davenport West Bike Project, Bike Pirates and our friends and partners host a celebration of the Railpath and what it means to us. We celebrate clean and sustainable transportation options, and we celebrate how the Railpath creates vital connections between diverse communities living and working in this historic neighborhood. Activities include:

Could the Junction Triangle Become the Next Liberty Village?

From Torontoist:

Could the Junction Triangle Become the Next Liberty Village?

An ambitious development could introduce major change to this tiny west-end neighborhood.

While the brownfield on Sterling Road just east of the West Toronto Railpath is known to most as a first-class eyesore, a proposed development might not only revitalize the property, but possibly also the chronically underdeveloped Junction Triangle neighbourhood that surrounds it. That is, if the City of Toronto and corporate interests can agree it should be built.

The Junction Triangle is enclosed by three sets of railway tracks, a tall, skinny area that roughly runs south and west of Lansdowne and Dupont, narrowing to a point at Dundas West. It’s a bit south and a bit east of the Junction—the two are distinct neighbourhoods—and hasn’t yet seen the same revitalization the Junction has. The brownfield in the Junction Triangle was formerly Tower Automotive, a sheet-casing facility built in the early 20th century that closed in 2006. Its machining buildings have since been razed, though a 10-storey tower, designated a heritage property and popular with urban explorers, still stands. Castlepoint Realty Partners purchased the property in 2008. Their hope is to turn the area into a mixed-use neighborhood, in the vein of Liberty Village or the Distillery District.

Railpath Spring Community Run

The following announcement comes from Shazia, who is starting to organize a charity / fun run on the West Toronto Railpath next Spring:

I'm a local resident, and recently on a run on the Railpath I was musing that it would be a fantastic place to hold a fun run, with a dual purpose of bringing the community together in this great space, and raising money for something good in our community.

I have put together a business plan for a Railpath fun run/walk in Spring 2012 and I'm currently reaching out to community leaders for support. So far, Ana Bailao, Jonah Schein and Andrew Cash have committed to support this, and I will be having further discussions in the coming weeks.

I would like to pull together a steering committee to organize the event and I am looking for local community members who are interested in participating. Alternately, if you have some other way you would like to contribute as we start to plan (such as a local business, etc.) that is also helpful. I am happy to share the business plan if anyone is interested.

Your support is appreciated. More to come as we start to make this a reality!

To contact Shazia or to get involved, please email: shaziamccormick@gmail.com

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