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Kipling Mobility Hub

Kipling Mobility Hub

 

Metrolinx completed the Kipling Bus Terminal Feasibility Study in February 2015. The study recommends the preliminary design for a new inter-regional bus terminal to accommodate MiWay and GO Transit buses and improvements to the station area, including accessibility upgrades to GO Transit’s Kipling Station and enhanced pedestrian and cycling connections to transit services. The study is available below:

Kipling Bus Terminal Feasibility Study
Appendix A: Transportation Analysis
Appendix B: Preliminary Drawings

Update: Kipling Mobility Hub Study – May 11, 2017

A summary of data on the wider Kipling Mobility Hub is available in this Mobility Hub Profile.

Public Meeting – April 4, 2017

Presentation

Public Meeting – July 15, 2014

Metrolinx hosted a public meeting on July 15, 2014 on the Kipling Bus Terminal Feasibility Study. Approximately 70 people attended to learn about the project and provide feedback on two station area options that were under consideration. The display panels are available below.

Display boards

Kipling Regional Bus Terminal – Frequently Asked Questions

Why is a regional bus terminal proposed for Kipling station?

Discussions about constructing a Kipling Regional Bus Terminal were initiated in 1980 with the extension of the Bloor-Danforth Subway Line to Kipling Station. It was in 2003, though, that a more detailed proposal was made to move MiWay buses to the Kipling Terminal.

This proposal has since been identified in both municipal and provincial transportation planning documents, including Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation Plan, The Big Move, (identified for the future termini of Highway 427 and Dundas Street bus rapid transit).

The Kipling Bus Terminal will reduce travel distances for MiWay buses; provide better connections between TTC, MiWay and GO Transit; and enable the TTC to rebuild the Islington bus terminal to provide full accessibility and increased redevelopment potential at that station.

What is included in the Kipling Regional Bus Terminal Feasibility Study that Metrolinx recently completed, and was the public consulted during this study process?

The Kipling Bus Terminal Feasibility Study, which was completed in January 2015, includes recommendations on a preferred preliminary design for the bus terminal, including how the station area will work and look in the short- to medium-term.

The study focused on the new bus terminal layout and related changes to roads, sidewalks, parking lots, and landscaping; improved pedestrian and cycling access to various transit modes across the station area and; proposed changes to the Kipling GO Station to meet requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

A public meeting to review the work proposed as part of the Kipling Bus Terminal Feasibility Study was held on July 15th, 2014. The meeting was open to the general public and held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 3819 Bloor Street West, Toronto. The material was presented on a series of display boards and complemented by a moderated panel discussion where members of the public were invited to ask questions.

How did Metrolinx choose the proposed site? What about other options around the Kipling station?

The initial proposal was to construct the bus terminal immediately west of the Kipling Subway Station building, within the Hydro One corridor. Due to a Hydro One policy change in 2010 the design was rejected. The policy now restricts development in hydro corridors for safety, infrastructure accessibility and operational reasons. In addition to this, Hydro One no longer permits building new structures in their corridor, and, if and when possible, seeks to remove existing structures.

Metrolinx, in consultation with MiWay, the City of Toronto, the TTC and Build Toronto studied alternative locations for the terminal, including the former Westwood Theatre lands (owned by Build Toronto) and the present site, west of the Hydro One corridor, and the decision was made in consultation with the aforementioned stakeholders to build the terminal on the present site, west of the Hydro One corridor.

The Kipling Regional Bus Terminal location has been referred to as a mobility hub. What is a mobility hub?

A mobility hub is more than just a transit station. 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 biking to riding transit – come together seamlessly and where there is an intensive concentration of working, living, shopping and/or playing.

To find out more about Mobility Hubs, please visit our Mobility Hubs page.

What exactly is Metrolinx going to build? What will the new regional bus terminal look like?

The new station will include 14 bay bus terminals with dedicated access off of Subway Crescent, a new station building at the base of Subway Crescent, fully accessible pedestrian tunnels connecting the new bus terminal with existing GO and TTC platforms, and a new accessible GO train platform.

The new GO station building will include designated waiting areas, ticket booths, public washrooms and connection to pedestrian tunnels.

Renderings of the station improvements can be found in the Feasibility Study.

What will the impacts to local traffic be once the bus terminal is constructed?

A traffic operations analysis was conducted for three intersections located within the immediate vicinity of the Kipling Station Area along Dundas Street West, Aukland Road, Acorn Avenue and Subway Crescent to establish the implications of either design option on general area traffic conditions.

Current forecasts predict that there will be one-third the number of vehicles on Subway Crescent and just over half the number of vehicles on Aukland Road during peak periods (compared to existing conditions) with the addition of the Kipling bus terminal and station area improvements.

What are the environmental and noise impacts of the bus terminal?

Metrolinx is conducting assessments on noise and vibration, air quality and other areas to ensure that we move forward with a considerate and comprehensive plan for all those involved.

These studies will inform the project delivery team of any potential mitigation measures that may be required as a result of this expansion.

When will the project be constructed and what will the impacts be during that time?

The feasibility study and design is an important step toward implementation. We expect that construction will start some time in 2016 and expect that the station will be operational in 2019.

The majority of this work will take place on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with some night work as required. Minor disruptions such as dust, noise and ambient lighting for overhead lights can be expected during this time.

Local residents will be notified ahead of time of major impacts to the area.

How can I receive updates about the project?

At various stages throughout the project, Metrolinx will update local residents via community bulletins. These notices will be sent via Canada Post when major impacts are expected.

Once construction starts, the public can follow our progress on the project page at gotransit.com/improvements. Customers can also contact the customer care department at 1-888-438-6646 or 416-869-3200 with any questions or concerns.