Yesterday, the TTC Board approved new bus services to operate between Park Lawn Loop and Mimico GO Station, as well as along The West Mall from Kipling Station to Sherway Gardens. Both new services are to be implemented by September 2018.
“The decision by the TTC Board to add new bus routes in Etobicoke is positive news for west-end residents,” said TTC Chair Josh Colle. “These new transit services will make commuting easier and more convenient for the thousands of residents that live and work in this part of the city.”
The approved service to operate between Park Lawn Loop and Mimico GO Station is in response to the Park Lawn Lake Shore Transportation Master Plan Phase 1 public consultation sessions held from September to December 2016.
From 2011 to 2016, Mimico was one of the fastest growing neighbourhoods in Toronto, due in part to growth in the Humber Bay Shores neighbourhood on Lake Shore Boulevard, east of Park Lawn Road. At full build out, the Mimico area is forecasted to grow from approximately 35,000 people and 9,000 jobs to approximately 55,000 people and 10,000 jobs in 2031.
“In 2017, I requested the TTC study opportunities to provide a shuttle service for Humber Bay Shores residents looking to access the Mimico GO station. I’m very pleased that Commissioners approved this new service at yesterday’s TTC Board meeting,” said Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes.
“This new shuttle service will offer additional transit connections for residents in the Humber Bay Shores, Mimico and Mystic Pointe communities, expanding the TTC’s overall coverage in South Etobicoke.”
The new route along The West Mall from Kipling Station to Sherway Gardens is in response to both customers’ and Smart Commute Etobicoke South’s requests for service along The West Mall, south of Dundas Street West.
Over the years, employment along The West Mall corridor has grown. It is currently estimated that 10,000 people work along the corridor. At full build out, The West Mall corridor is forecasted to grow from approximately 2,000 people and 15,000 jobs to approximately 3,600 people and 16,000 jobs in 2031.
“We’re continuing to expand transit service across the city to make the TTC accessible to as many Torontonians as possible,” said Chair Colle. “I am committed to continuing to work with fellow Councillors, the TTC, and all Torontonians to ensure we have a transit system that works for everyone.”