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UNION STATION PRECINCT STUDY – PHASE 2. Union Station Precinct Study – Phase 2 Phase 1 Summary Phase 2 Work Heritage Trainshed Development Transportation -Licence Plate Trace Survey Results - Taxi and Pick up/Drop off Strategy Front Street Options Next Steps.

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Union Station Precinct Study – Phase 2

Phase 1 Summary

Phase 2 Work

  • Heritage
  • Trainshed Development
  • Transportation

-Licence Plate Trace Survey Results

-Taxi and Pick up/Drop off Strategy

  • Front Street Options
  • Next Steps
study schedule
Study Schedule

Timing

  • Phase 1 Research:
    • - July to September 2005 COMPLETED
  • Phase 2 Design Exploration:
          • - September to December 2005 ONGOING
  • Phase 3 Synthesis:
          • - January to March 2006

Public Forums

  • October 25, 2005
  • December 13, 2005
  • February 21, 2006
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Goals

Transportationprovide recommendations concerning through-traffic, taxi queuing, and other transportation issues to make Front Street more accessible to pedestrian traffic

Heritageprotect and enhance the historical context

Urban Designcreate an enhanced and integrated public realm through a design that coordinates the findings of the transportation and heritage components of the study

importance of front street
Importance of Front Street
  • Four Big Moves (Union Station Master Plan, 2004)
      • An Integrated Public Realm
      • A Modern Station, Accommodating Change
      • Revitalization of Underutilized Spaces
      • Maximized Porousness through Extended Pedestrian Connections
  • Front Street is a key part of the first Big Move
    • “one of the great places to linger in the City of Toronto”
    • Accommodate pedestrian hustle – proportionately the most significant users of the street
    • High quality urban design standards
proposed precinct boundary phase 1
Proposed Precinct Boundary – Phase 1

LakeshoreWalks and Gardens Rail Corridor Union StationLyle Plan - Area of Influence North Railway landsHarbourfront

Harbourfront Area of influence southUnion Station Pedestrian Area of InfluenceProposed PrecinctStudy BoundaryProposed Precinct BoundaryLake/City Connections

heritage character
Heritage Character

18 Yonge St.

Construction of Royal York Hotel

beaux arts toronto
Beaux Arts Toronto

Dominion Public Building

Royal York Hotel

Union Station

modern post war
Modern Post-War

BCE Place

CN Tower

rail history
Rail History

Round House

Toronto Club

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Why Consider the Potential Development of the Trainshed?

When the City purchased Union Station, the legal development rights above the trainshed were preserved (would require a rezoning)

As a source of financing to fund a major transportation upgrade

Alternative private access to the tracks

Ownership

  • GO Transit owns from the tracks to 27 feet above
  • GO Transit undergoing Union Station Rail Corridor Infrastructure Improvement Program including a major investment in the trainshed
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Chronology

1989: Council adopts report; Steering Committee struck; Technical Subcommittee formed to consider potential to develop/overbuild trainshed

1990: – “Review of Possible Overbuilding of Union Station and Corridor”

– Railway Lands East Part II Plan (now Railway Lands East Secondary Plan)

2005: Union Station Precinct Study

key considerations view corridors building size scale
Key Considerations

View Corridors

Building Size & Scale

Major Issues with Development over the Trainshed

  • Structural feasibility - not possible to thread structure and service core through the trainshed without losing tracks
  • No street address - because main floor would be approximately 60 feet in the air
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Future Conditions

  • Not a viable option in the near future due to the current investment by GO Transit and in the interests of supporting the expected doubling of ridership in this timeframe

Long Term Future Conditions

  • Redevelopment would have to consider:
    • Burying tracks in order to provide a street address to the building
    • Possible changes in train technologies that could permit required space
northwest path connection
NorthWest PATH Connection
  • Integrated with findings from concurrent Pedestrian Study by Arup Napa
  • Phase 1 – Part 2 of Arup Napa’s study recommended a tunnel north from Union Station under York Street
  • Ongoing considerations:
    • Create legible space
    • Pedestrian-friendly
    • Animated by retail activity
    • Clear wayfinding
activity on front street west bay to york streets
Activity on Front Street West (Bay to York Streets)
  • Existing pedestrian-to-auto ratio is almost 10:1
  • Future pedestrian activity is expected to more than double
  • Example: Weekday Morning Peak Hour
      • Current (approximately): 10,000 pedestrians; 1,100 vehicles/hour
      • 2021 estimate: 25,000 pedestrians
  • At adjacent intersections, weekday morning peak hour pedestrian movements outnumber vehicles, in some cases by a ratio of nearly 3:1
  • Example: Weekday Evening Peak Hour
      • Current (approximately): 5,000 pedestrians; 1,600 vehicles/hour
front street licence plate trace survey results
Front Street Licence Plate Trace Survey Results
  • Conducted at 3 peak times
  • Taxis: 20% to 30% of traffic
  • 1 lane of lane of “through” traffic in the peak direction
  • 1/3 of traffic is destined to Front Street corridor (Simcoe St. – Church St.);
    • 1/3 of traffic: areas north of Front St.;
    • 10% - 15% of traffic: areas south of Front St.
    • 6% of traffic: entire Front Street corridor (Simcoe St. – Church St.)
  • U-turns: approximately 150 U-turns (AM) and 250+ in the PM
  • 200 or more vehicles making pick-ups / drop-offs
    • 70% of these are taxis
importance of front street1
Importance of Front Street
  • First impression of the City
  • Civic prominence
  • Integration: major transportation hub and key part of city’s public realm
  • For the near future, draw is still movement north of Union Station – making Front Street even more important as the number of commuters increase
  • City is taking an opportunity to make this an amazing space, within a thoughtfully designed and planned Precinct
evaluation criteria
Evaluation Criteria
  • Expand Pedestrian Realm – Increase Sidewalk
  • Expand Pedestrian Realm – Make Front Street “one of the great places to linger”
  • Expand Pedestrian Realm – Improve Street Crossings
  • Enhances Heritage Qualities of Front Street
  • Accommodates Cyclists
  • Accommodates Taxi Waiting Areas and Pick-up/Drop-off Facilities
  • Accommodates Traffic
  • Accommodates Maintenance and Emergency Vehicle Access
  • Roadway Design Elements
option 1 status quo
Option 1 – Status Quo

York St.

Bay St.

Option 2 – Bicycle Lane

Bay St.

York St.

option 3 layby two lanes
Option 3 – Layby (Two Lanes)

York St.

Bay St.

Option 4 – Layby (Four Lanes)

York St.

Bay St.

Option 5 – Layby (Two Lanes & Median)

York St.

Bay St.

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Option 6 – Median (Two Lanes)

Bay St.

York St.

Option 7 – Median (Four Lanes)

Bay St.

York St.

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Option 8 – One Way (One Lane)

York St.

Bay St.

Option 9 – One Way (Two Lanes)

York St.

Bay St.

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Option 11 – Centre (Two Lanes)

York St.

Bay St.

Option 12 – Centre (Four Lanes)

York St.

Bay St.

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Option 13 – Narrowed Road (Two Lanes)

York St.

Bay St.

Option 14 – Narrowed Road (Four Lanes)

York St.

Bay St.

option 9 one way two lanes
Option 9 - One Way (Two Lanes)

York St.

Bay St.

This option includes two lanes of eastbound traffic, and taxi queuing and pick-up/drop-off activity accommodated

in laybys. It would also be necessary to implement this scheme from Bay Street to Yonge Street, at which point

Front Street is an existing one-way street in the eastbound direction.

option 11 centre two lanes
Option 11 - Centre (Two Lanes)

York St.

Bay St.

This option includes an at-grade centre median, used partially to accommodate taxi queueing, and one

lane of through traffic in each direction. The curb lane is used for brief pick-up and drop-off activity,

opening up the street between Union Station and the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

option 13 narrowed road two lanes
Option 13 - Narrowed Road (Two Lanes)

York St.

Bay St.

This option includes one lane of through traffic in each direction, and taxi queuing and pick-up/drop-off

activity accommodated in laybys.

option 14 narrowed road four lanes
Option 14 - Narrowed Road (Four Lanes)

York St.

Bay St.

This option includes two lanes of through traffic in each direction, and taxi queuing and pick-up/drop-off

activity accommodated in laybys.

streets washington

Streets - Washington

Paving Pattern - Precedent

streets paris

Streets - Paris

Paving Pattern - Precedent

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Push The Pedestrian Agenda

Scale up the pedestrian signage on Front Street – create bold

crosswalks, graphics and timed crossing signals so that its

importance is enhanced.

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Protect the Public Realm

Install markers in and around Union Square to delineate its boundaries.

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Create an Attraction

Bring new signage attractions into the area. Develop the design of all

graphic components to draw people to the area – the signs become

an attraction themselves.

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Welcome to Toronto

Announce to the visitor that they have arrived.

Make the PATH, GO, VIA, TTC systems evident above grade through

better entrance signage, better map directories and better wayfinding.

next steps
Next Steps
  • Union Plaza
  • NorthWest PATH Connection
  • Bicycle & Taxi operation strategies
  • Continue to consult with stakeholders
  • Next public forum: February 21, 2006