West Toronto Rail Path

Community Consultation: Ward 18 Rail Corridor Study

The following information was sent from the City of Toronto's Planning Division. You can download the original flyer here (343KB PDF file), which also includes a Portuguese translation.

Meeting Notice

Community Consultation Meetings and Community Walks

Public Meetings:
Monday June 6, 2011 - Church of Firstborn Apostolic, 72 Perth Avenue
Monday June 13, 2011 – Alexander Muir School(Auditorium), 108 Gladstone Avenue

Community Walks:
Monday July 18th, 2011 – Meet at the corner of Symington and Bloor
Tuesday July 19th, 2011 – Meet at the corner of Queen and Gladstone

All Meetings and Walks start at 6:30 p.m.

Study Description
Councillor Ana Bailão and City Planning are conducting a local area study along the rail corridor in Ward 18. The study will focus on the following.

  • The transportation network including pedestrian and bicycle routes and connections to the West Toronto Rail Path.
  • An inventory of existing parks and open spaces, those needing upgrading and possible locations for new parks.
  • The existing and needed community facilities.
  • The identification of important heritage buildings
  • Identifying incentives to encourage employment uses.
  • A review of the school sites.

Bloor St. Road Closure - Bridge Construction

The following announcement comes from Metrolinx / GO Transit. You can download the original announcement here (615KB PDF).

Georgetown South Project - Construction Update

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 Air Rail Link service between Union Station and Pearson International Airport.

Bloor Street West Bridge
Road Closure: April 30 – May 2

Project Description
Between April 30 and May 2, 2011, a new span will be installed on the east side of the Bloor Street West bridge (near Bloor and
Dundas Streets) to accommodate additional tracks. The work involves modifying the existing concrete abutments and installing
the new span. Most of the work will be from above.

Road closure for installation of the new span

  • Full road closure between Dundas Street West and Perth Avenue from Saturday, April 30 at 5 a.m. to Monday, May 2 at 5 a.m.

Friday night Railpath ride with CYCLOPS

The Clay & Paper Theatre's Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad (CYCLOPS) are hosting a series of Friday night group bike rides this summer. There will be a ride along the West Toronto Railpath on Friday July 8th, starting from Dufferin Grove Park.

Here are the details from the CYCLOPS events page:

Railpath Cleanup Day April 2

Its time for the annual Railpath Cleanup and inspection

JT Railpath invites you to come out for an hour or so and help get Railpath off to a great clean start (although it never really stops). Meet under Wallace Bridge on April 2 at noon. Bring a garbage bag or two, some gloves, and a smile. The last 2 times we had a lot of fun rain or shine.

Dundas West - Bloor Mobility Hub Study

Meeting notice from Metrolinx:



Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, is helping transform the way the region moves by championing and delivering mobility solutions for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).


The Big Move, Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation Plan for the GTHA, imagines a future in which key transit stations become mobility hubs. Mobility hubs consist of major transit stations and the surrounding area. They serve a critical function in the regional transportation system as the origin, destination, or transfer point for a significant portion of trips. They are places of connectivity where different modes of transportation – from walking to riding transit – come together seamlessly and where there is an intensive concentration of working, living, shopping and/or playing.

The Dundas West-Bloor Mobility Hub Study

We are conducting a study on the proposed Dundas West-Bloor Mobility Hub. The study includes the development of a plan to better integrate existing GO Transit and TTC services, as well as provide a design foundation for future major upgrades to GO Transit and TTC service, and a stop on the Union-Pearson Air Rail Link.

The study builds closely on the findings of the Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study prepared by Brook McIlroy and commissioned by the City of Toronto in 2009.

The Open House

You’re invited to attend our open house to find out more about this study.

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Venue: Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West

Dupont St. and Railpath Closures, December 15 and 17-19 2010

The following notice was sent out by Metrolinx to inform the community of upcoming road closures on Dupont St. between Osler and Dundas (under the tracks), and along the West Toronto Railpath above Dupont St. You can download the original PDF of this notice here.



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 Air Rail Link service between Union Station and Pearson International Airport.

Dupont Street Bridge

Road Closures: December 15 (Overnight) and 17-19

Project Description
The Dupont Street bridge currently has five tracks. As part of the GTS Project, a new bridge span will be installed between the existing GO tracks and the West Toronto Rail Path bridge to accommodate one additional track. The work will involve modifying the existing concrete abutments, constructing a new steel pier, and installing the new steel beam span.

Rail of Light - Thank You

Just a word of thanks from all of us (Richard, Jeff, Kristen, Irmina and Kevin) at the Rail of Light exhibit at the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on Saturday. It was a first for many of us and I’m sure it has been some time since the Wallace Avenue bridge attracted so many visitors.

We want to thank everyone who helped out, and they were many, and everyone who came out and supported an ambitious neighbourhood arts project. There were dozens of people who helped set-up and take down the exhibit and still others who staffed the event during the night. Rail of Light could not have happened without the support of the City of Toronto, especially the folks at Clean and Beautiful, and our very generous sponsors at Castlepoint Realty Partners and Realtors for Electric Rail.

Project info and more pictures at www.railoflight.ca

Rail of Light, under the Wallace Bridge

Rail of Light, under the Wallace Bridge

Rail of Light exhibit during Nuit Blanche under the Wallace Ave. Footbridge.

Photo by Vic Gedris, 2010-10-03.

Locally filmed video: Traveling Violations

Check out this short video by Adeyemi Adegbesan and Colin Stanton, filmed locally in our neighbourhood, on Dundas St., the Wallace Ave. footbridge, and on the Railpath just below the bridge. "Traveling Violations" isn't about forgetting your passport or missing your train, but more about "traveling" in the basketball sense of the word. Check it out.

You can watch the video embedded above, or go directly to the Youtube page for it.

Rankin Crescent News, Issue #1

The following newsletter was forwarded to me from Bob, a resident of Rankin Crescent. You can download a PDF copy of the printed newsletter here.


Issue #1 – published July 4, 2010 – Printed Circulation: 100

1. Perth Avenue Junior Public School Needs Our Support – Now.

Enrollment numbers are down at Perth Avenue Junior Public School and if we hope to ensure the survival of Perth Avenue J.P.S., we have to show our support for the school. To help boost enrollment, Perth school would like to add French Immersion and grades 7 and 8 to its programming. However, it is up to us, as parents and local residents, to convince the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) that access to these programmes is desirable for the children who live in our neighbourhood. In particular, those of us who have pre-schoolers who we would like to benefit from a French immersion education at a local school, as well as being able to attend Perth school until the end of grade 8 must make every effort to communicate their support for these initiatives to the TDSB, in particular to our elected education trustee:

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