Today, the Honourable Steven Del Duca announced the widening of the Dufferin Street Bridge that will improve connectivity for Davenport Residents to the West Toronto Railpath.
Metrolinx is expanding the Dufferin Street Bridge at Queen Street in Davenport to accommodate the additional track needed for the Barrie GO corridor as part of the GO RER program.
In addition to the widening of the bridge, the Province of Ontario and Metrolinx has partnered with the City of Toronto to extend the West Toronto Railpath multi-use trail to the West Queen West community. This extension will run along the existing rail corridor, connecting cyclists and pedestrians from Dupont St. to the intersection of Dufferin S and Queen St. This community investment will add to the recently announced new Bloor-Lansdowne GO Train station and allow residents to move freely up and down the rail-line.
The expansion of the bridge will also enable the building of a new park (Dufferin-Peel Park). The future park will be a multi-modal hub for all West Toronto Railpath users including pedestrians and cyclists, and will include cycling amenities, landscaping, seating and terraces.
Cristina Martins, the MPP for Davenport, has been working with community organizations, the Ministry of Transportation and Metrolinx to create infrastructure that facilitates multi-modal connections.
“The improvements to the Dufferin Bridge are examples of how Ontario is creating infrastructure in Davenport to help residents connect to our community, the City of Toronto and the GTHA” says MPP Martins.
“Together with the GO Station at Bloor St. W and Lansdowne Ave, this project will provide a dramatic increase in connectivity and link our community together. This project shows my commitment along with the Ontario Government’s ongoing commitment to working with Metrolinx to create effective green space and connectivity.”
Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx also commented on connection to the railpath stating that “[Metrolinx] is committed to working with the West Queen West community on improvements that will see a connection to the Toronto West Railpath and the creation of a new city park.”
GO RER is a plan to provide faster and more frequent service on the GO Transit rail network with electrification on core segments, including the Union-Pearson (UP) Express. GO RER, along with all provincial investments through the Moving Ontario Forward plan, will help manage congestion, connect people to jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas pollution by decreasing car trips and improving travel times.
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