Toronto mayor stops by Leslieville to promote SmartTrack

News Oct 11, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Mayor John Tory stopped by Leslieville today to shop around his plan to improve public transit in the city.

The mayor visited the east end neighbourhood in advance of tonight’s SmartTrack meeting, which is set to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Riverdale Collegiate Institute, 1094 Gerrard St. E. A presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The highlight of Tory’s visit was to announce the future construction of a SmartTrack station near Carlaw Avenue and Gerrard Street East.

“What we’re going to create here is a superstation. It’s even bigger than East Harbour ,” he told a reporter following a press conference at Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre.

“You’ll have access to everywhere in the city at one place.”

Tory said he wants to ensure the community is involved and supportive of his vision and has a say in it.

“The east end needs to be properly served by public transportation,” he said.

“My goal is to give Toronto neighbourhoods transit options without reliance on the car.”

Prior to the press conference, Tory did a short walkabout near Gerrard Square chatting with community members about their transit needs and priorities. Along with Ward 30 Coun. Paula Fletcher, he then joined about 15 area residents and local business owners at a nearby café to further discuss his plan to get people moving more efficiently around Toronto.

Among those in attendance was Ara Mamourian, a local real estate broker and long-time east Toronto resident.

Supportive of Tory’s plan, Mamourian said it only makes sense to design cities around other things than the car.

“I think it’s really important we see how we can take advantage of our existing infrastructure to improve transit,” Mamourian said.

Mamourian also offered his support for investing in more public transit, like the as-of-yet funded Downtown Relief Line, which he said is key in “future-proofing” Toronto’s growth.

Despite the inconveniences that will come with building more and better public transit, he said it’s for the greater good.

“We’re all in this together. At the end of the day, there’s a city that moves forward,” said Mamourian, adding the reason the housing market east of the Don Valley Parkway has been so successful is because developers like First Gulf (which is behind East Harbour at the former Unilever soap plant) are incorporating public transit into their plans.

Fletcher said community members have approached her about having a GO stop in the Gerrard-Carlaw area since she was first elected in 2003.

“It makes so much sense, but there’s lots of work to make it happen” said the Toronto-Danforth representative, adding at this point the how, when, and where of the project is still being explored.

 

 

Toronto mayor stops by Leslieville to promote SmartTrack

News Oct 11, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Mayor John Tory stopped by Leslieville today to shop around his plan to improve public transit in the city.

The mayor visited the east end neighbourhood in advance of tonight’s SmartTrack meeting, which is set to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Riverdale Collegiate Institute, 1094 Gerrard St. E. A presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The highlight of Tory’s visit was to announce the future construction of a SmartTrack station near Carlaw Avenue and Gerrard Street East.

“What we’re going to create here is a superstation. It’s even bigger than East Harbour ,” he told a reporter following a press conference at Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre.

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“You’ll have access to everywhere in the city at one place.”

Tory said he wants to ensure the community is involved and supportive of his vision and has a say in it.

“The east end needs to be properly served by public transportation,” he said.

“My goal is to give Toronto neighbourhoods transit options without reliance on the car.”

Prior to the press conference, Tory did a short walkabout near Gerrard Square chatting with community members about their transit needs and priorities. Along with Ward 30 Coun. Paula Fletcher, he then joined about 15 area residents and local business owners at a nearby café to further discuss his plan to get people moving more efficiently around Toronto.

Among those in attendance was Ara Mamourian, a local real estate broker and long-time east Toronto resident.

Supportive of Tory’s plan, Mamourian said it only makes sense to design cities around other things than the car.

“I think it’s really important we see how we can take advantage of our existing infrastructure to improve transit,” Mamourian said.

Mamourian also offered his support for investing in more public transit, like the as-of-yet funded Downtown Relief Line, which he said is key in “future-proofing” Toronto’s growth.

Despite the inconveniences that will come with building more and better public transit, he said it’s for the greater good.

“We’re all in this together. At the end of the day, there’s a city that moves forward,” said Mamourian, adding the reason the housing market east of the Don Valley Parkway has been so successful is because developers like First Gulf (which is behind East Harbour at the former Unilever soap plant) are incorporating public transit into their plans.

Fletcher said community members have approached her about having a GO stop in the Gerrard-Carlaw area since she was first elected in 2003.

“It makes so much sense, but there’s lots of work to make it happen” said the Toronto-Danforth representative, adding at this point the how, when, and where of the project is still being explored.

 

 

Toronto mayor stops by Leslieville to promote SmartTrack

News Oct 11, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Mayor John Tory stopped by Leslieville today to shop around his plan to improve public transit in the city.

The mayor visited the east end neighbourhood in advance of tonight’s SmartTrack meeting, which is set to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Riverdale Collegiate Institute, 1094 Gerrard St. E. A presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The highlight of Tory’s visit was to announce the future construction of a SmartTrack station near Carlaw Avenue and Gerrard Street East.

“What we’re going to create here is a superstation. It’s even bigger than East Harbour ,” he told a reporter following a press conference at Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre.

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“You’ll have access to everywhere in the city at one place.”

Tory said he wants to ensure the community is involved and supportive of his vision and has a say in it.

“The east end needs to be properly served by public transportation,” he said.

“My goal is to give Toronto neighbourhoods transit options without reliance on the car.”

Prior to the press conference, Tory did a short walkabout near Gerrard Square chatting with community members about their transit needs and priorities. Along with Ward 30 Coun. Paula Fletcher, he then joined about 15 area residents and local business owners at a nearby café to further discuss his plan to get people moving more efficiently around Toronto.

Among those in attendance was Ara Mamourian, a local real estate broker and long-time east Toronto resident.

Supportive of Tory’s plan, Mamourian said it only makes sense to design cities around other things than the car.

“I think it’s really important we see how we can take advantage of our existing infrastructure to improve transit,” Mamourian said.

Mamourian also offered his support for investing in more public transit, like the as-of-yet funded Downtown Relief Line, which he said is key in “future-proofing” Toronto’s growth.

Despite the inconveniences that will come with building more and better public transit, he said it’s for the greater good.

“We’re all in this together. At the end of the day, there’s a city that moves forward,” said Mamourian, adding the reason the housing market east of the Don Valley Parkway has been so successful is because developers like First Gulf (which is behind East Harbour at the former Unilever soap plant) are incorporating public transit into their plans.

Fletcher said community members have approached her about having a GO stop in the Gerrard-Carlaw area since she was first elected in 2003.

“It makes so much sense, but there’s lots of work to make it happen” said the Toronto-Danforth representative, adding at this point the how, when, and where of the project is still being explored.