Expansion Meeting June 23ard

The West Toronto Railpath is a landmark of our community, offering critical green space and an important cycling and pedestrian corridor.

Phase 2 of this project is the extension of Railpath south of Dundas and has been a top priority for my office and I am very excited to announce new breakthroughs in discussion with Metrolinx about this important community project.

Join us for our public meeting on June 23rd, 5:30-8:30PM at 75 Lansdowne Avenue and participate in the design feedback on this important pedestrian and cycling corridor. Please also pass this information along to neighbours and friends who may be interested.WTR_Expansion_Mtg_2

DandyHorse Covers Expansion

Railpath expansion featured in the Dandyhorse Magazine Blog:


Railpath 2 Walks April 25,26,27

As part of the Gladtsone’s  Grow-Op Festival join a team of architects, planners, and community leaders, on foot or bike, to discover the secrets of the Railpath past and future in a series of walks taking place on April 25, 26, 27 . All the links and details are here: 


For more information about Railpath Stage 2 visit the City of Toronto website Page.


Metrolinx Construction Will Impact RP During February

The Georgetown South (GTS) Project will provide infrastructure improvements to meet existing GO Transit ridership demand and future growth. It will also accommodate the new Union Pearson Express (formerly known as the Air Rail Link) service between Union Station and Pearson International Airport. This project is one of the key elements of The Big Move.

Rail Corridor Access to begin early February at 158 Sterling Rd.

What we are doing

  • We are grading and installing track and signals between Lansdowne Avenue and Dupont Street to complete the expanded rail corridor for increased transit service.
  • We are accessing the corridor at two locations to finish construction by the end of this year. The first is already in use at Dundas Street West and Brad Street. The second access will be at 158 Sterling Road where we will also store new track materials.
  • Trucks will cross the West Toronto Railpath to enter and exit the rail corridor at the Sterling Road location.How this will affect you
  • We will begin to use the 158 Sterling Road access/storage on early February until the end of 2014.
  • Railpath users will have the right-of-way over
    construction vehicles. A traffic control person will be
    positioned at the access point during construction hours. Appropriate signage will be in place along the path advising users of the condition ahead. Signage will also be placed along the access road reminding drivers to stop and yield to railpath users.
  • Regular work hours are Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There may be occasional work on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • We expect an average of 8 to 10 trucks per hour to use this access on a daily basis.
  • All trucks will travel along Sterling Road from Dundas Street West to access the construction site.
  • We will regularly clean the roads our trucks will be using, including the West Toronto Railpath.East Corridor Mailing ListWe want to maintain regular communications with our neighbours while work is being completed. To receive updates and information about the work in your community, please send an email to gts@gotransit.com referencing the East Corridor mailing list and include your name, address, telephone number and email.

    Thank you for your patience as we work on the East Corridor Grading, Track and Signals Project

For more information, please contact Rob at the Strachan Community Office at 416-581-1300 or e-mail gts@gotransit.com if you have any questions or concerns

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The red and blue areas represent the access road and storage area at 158 Sterling Road

Railpath Community Run 2013

Start: September 29 2013 08:30 -11:30 am

Info for the Railpath Community Run website:

To celebrate the West Toronto Railpath, and promote health within our communities we’ll be hosting the 2nd Annual Community Run on September 29th, 2013 on the West Toronto Railpath. Our charitable partner for the event is The Stop Community Food Centre.

This event has a unique format that differentiates it from other local running events. Instead of a set distance (such as 5km), this is a timed lap-based event. In 45 minutes, participants will complete as many laps of the 2.1 km stretch as possible.

This is great to practice your speed-work as a competitive runner, or not be overwhelmed by needing to complete a big distance as a new runner or casual walker. There is something for everyone, and you decide what that is for you!Registration is available online here.

Our tentative schedule of the day’s events are as follows:

  • 8:30 – 9:00 – Support tents open / Racer information table open
  • 9:00 – 9:15 – Kick Off
  • 9:15 – 10:00 – Wave 1 (Competitive Runners)
  • 10:00 – 10:30 – Wave 1 Prizes & Staging for Wave 2
  • 10:05 – 10:20 – Post-Run Yoga by You Defined
  • 10:30 – 11:15 – Wave 2 (Walkers & Casual Runners)
  • 11:15 – 11:30 – Wave 2 Prizes & Close

We are planning on having lots of great prizes for our participants. Prizes will be award for top finishers and random draw prizes, so both competitive and fun run/walk participants are eligible.

This event was a huge hit last year and for a great cause so come out and participate !!!!

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RP Wins 2012 Urban Design Award from Architecture Canada




Formerly an abandoned rail corridor, the West Toronto Railpath acts as a transportation system and linear park for west Toronto’s pedestrians and cyclists. Designed by Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. with Brown and Story Architects Inc., the multi-use path spans 2.1 km across Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood. The project’s design achieves the greater goal of unifying surrounding communities, functioning as public recreational space, a connection to Toronto’s network of bike trails, and a backdrop for public art.

Utilizing indigenous plants and seeds collected from the abandoned rail corridor to create low maintenance, sustainable new landscapes, Torrance created a resilient native ecology and was able to dedicate a large portion of the project’s $3.8 million budget to the creation of high impact public spaces and neighborhood connections.

Since opening in October 2009, the space has been used for various community events such as bike rides, urban hikes and more. The Railpath’s fusion of public spaces has led to increased community involvement and has transformed an unused brownfield post-industrial space into a functional recreational area and unique experience of nature in the city.

Jury Comments:

“Toronto’s West Toronto Railpath is a significant part to the city’s growing bicycle network of trails, with nine unique plazas and trail connections. The project combines wisely the restoration of historical rail bridges with the installation of new public art, and includes a palette of indigenous planting – important elements of placemaking and character of this area of city. The Railpath had a key role in the revitalization of the once derelict industrial area improving connections, access, creating a frontage where new residential development can be located to reuse former industrial lands.

The Railpath is showing a fusion of public spaces and a new idea of ‘conciliatory public spaces’ bridging the roughness of the rail lines and the neighbourhoods it crosses. The plantings create low maintenance and sustainable landscapes that highlight the local natural heritage and allowed scarce funds to be dedicated to creating high impact public spaces and building neighbourhood connections. ”

Link: http://www.raic.org/honours_and_awards/awards_urban/2012recipients/wtr_e.htm