HOW DO PEOPLE CURRENTLY
VOLUMES ON GTA
ORIGIN / DESTINATION STUDY
WESTBOUND (from the East)
Primary function is not as a regional connection:
Most eastbound Gardiner trips and southbound DVP
trips are destined for downtown locations. Only 10%
of southbound DVP trips and 20% of eastbound trips
use the Gardiner to bypass the city.
1% of drivers use Lake Shore Blvd as a through road.
Most westbound Gardiner trips are destined for
downtown locations. Only 21% of westbound trips use
the Gardiner to bypass the city.
1% of drivers use Lake Shore Blvd as a through road.
WESTBOUND (from the North)
Key Idea Illustrations
KEY IDEA – Rehabilitated Infrastructure: Rehabilitating the
existing columns and girders of the Gardiner East. (Gardiner
Expressway at Fort York).
KEY IDEA – Rehabilitated Public Realm: Rehabilitating the
existing infrastructure (columns and girders) along with
public art, public realm and lighting improvements.
(Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Blvd at Fort York).
KEY IDEA – Enhance Appearance of Expressway
Infrastructure: The structure of the Gardiner is enhanced
visually through greening, landscaping or development.
(KPMB Architects/ Bjarke Ingels Group).
KEY IDEA – Enhance the Space Underneath the Expressway:
The space underneath the expressway is enhanced
architecturally and dedicated to public, cultural and retail
environments. (Diller Scofidio + Refro/ Architects Alliance).
KEY IDEA – Re-align Lake Shore Boulevard: Move Lake Shore
Boulevard out from beneath the expressway to allow for
programming underneath. (Diller Scofidio + Refro/
The objectives of the consultation process are to:
Generate broad awareness of the project and opportunities for participation
throughout the EA process.
Facilitate constructive input from consultation participants at key points in the EA
process, well before decisions are made.
Provide ongoing opportunities for feedback and input, and for issues and concerns
to be raised, discussed, and resolved to the extent possible.
Document input received through the consultation process and to demonstrate the
impact of consultation on decision-making.
KEY IDEA – Enhance the Rail Berm edge: The rail berm is
visually enhanced and better east-west connections are
achieved. (KPMB Architects/ Bjarke Ingels Group).
The Gardiner East EA and Urban Design Study will include five rounds of public
consultation to provide multiple opportunities for participation as part of an inclusive and
transparent consultation process.
ROUND ONE CONSULTATION
Round One of the public consultation process was held between May 28th and June 28th,
2013, and successfully engaged over 5,000 individuals. Activities included:
stakeholder advisory committee meeting;
web-enabled consultations; and
The purpose of Round One of the consultation process was to:
Reintroduce the EA and Study process and provide a refresher on the approved
EA Terms of Reference;
Identify any changes to the Study since the approved 2010 Terms of Reference
(i.e. Study Area extents);
Obtain feedback from participants to inform the development of alternative
Share information on case studies and innovative options.
Round One consultation focused on 14 “key ideas” that were categorized according to
the four alternatives – Maintain, Improve, Replace and Remove.
KEY IDEA – Sustainability Measures: Lake Shore Boulevard
will incorporate Best Management Practices for stormwater
management – including permeable pavements, vegetated
swales and infiltration planters. (Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
KEY IDEA – Enhance Waterfront Connectivity: A series of
new or enhanced “gateways” are created to stitch the city to
the waterfront. (West 8 + DTAH, Cecil Balmond AGU).
KEY IDEA – New Transportation Infrastructure: Relocating the expressway to create an
urban and more pleasant city environment. (West 8 + DTAH, Cecil Balmond AGU).
At the first PIC these were the most important ideas
that the public identified:
Balance Modes of Transportation
Enhance Waterfront Connectivity
Incorporate Alternative Transportation
Enhance Public Realm
Enhance Appearance of Expressway Infrastructure
Enhance the Space Underneath the Expressway
Re-align Lake Shore Blvd
Buffalo Skyway, Buffalo
Maintain E. River Waterfront Esplanade, New York Improve
Tourism and city
creation of jobs
$117 million (USD)
Rehabilitation for a
safe and reliable
Central Artery / “Big Dig”, Boston
Replace with cutand-cover tunnel
Embarcadero Freeway, San Francisco
and provide 6-lane
at grade urban
$80 million (USD)
values, increase in
jobs, increase in
housing units and
new public space
$22 billion (USD)
DEVELOPING ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS
Drafting the alternatives involved
• Innovative design ideas
• Public ideas
• Round one public consultation
• Study team experience/other
• Technical development and scenario
WHAT TO CONSIDER
Thinking about the proposed
alternative solutions, what
modifications or improvements
would you suggest?
Please provide your
• What evaluation criteria
are most important to you
FOUR ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS
Lake Shore Blvd
partially under Gardiner
& Public Realm
Urban Form and Character
Urban Design and Public Realm
Opportunity for Creation of Economic Value
Transportation Functions in the Corridor
Regional Transportation Performance
Local Transportation Performance
Infrastructure – Construction Stage
Social, Health, Recreation and
Business and Retail Environmental and Accessibility
Health (Air Quality and Noise)
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
First Nations Peoples and Activities
Official Plan and Waterfront Policies
Conforms to applicable City / WT policies and goals