Roads and Trails

West Toronto Railpath Extension Study

December 2014 Update

On December 1, 2014 the project team hosted its third and final public meeting to highlight the challenging section of the West Toronto Railpath Extension located between Abell Street to King Street West, where there is insufficient space within the Metrolinx corridor to route the trail. Potential alignment alternatives (including on-street options, and exploring the possibility of locating the trail on private lands) and their impacts were presented.

As part of this Environmental Assessment Study, the project team is not recommending any alternative for the segment between Abell Street to King Street West. We acknowledge that further study and consultation is needed to develop a viable route for the challenging section.

After a review of public feedback from the December 1 public meeting, a public consultation summary and next steps for the project will be available early in the new year.

It is important to not that while we still have work to do for the section in the Sudbury Street area, the recommended alignment for the Railpath Extension from Dundas Street West to Abell Street is a big accomplishment and will help create a sustainable transportation and recreation link between west-end neighbourhoods to downtown Toronto and the Waterfront.

Preferred Alignment & Presentation

Presented June 23, 2014

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The Primary Study Area extends 200 metres on either side of the Kitchener GO rail corridor between Dundas Street West to Strachan Avenue.


In 2001, City Council adopted the Toronto Bike Plan which set out short and long-term goals for on and off-street cycling infrastructure. The Toronto Bike Plan identified an off-road trail connection along the Georgetown GO Transit rail corridor from north of Dupont Street to Strachan Avenue.

The first phase of the West Toronto Railpath from Cariboo Avenue (just north of Dupont) to the Dundas Street West Overpass along the rail corridor was completed in 2008. This section of Railpath received the 2011City of Toronto Urban Design Award.

In June 2012, City Council adopted the multi-year Bikeway Trails Implementation Plan and new trail connection priorities. These priorities included a recommendation for an environmental assessment study to develop a preferred route to extend the West Toronto Railpath south from Dundas Street West to Strachan Avenue.


The City of Toronto is studying a preferred route for extending the West Toronto Railpath from the Sterling Avenue (at Dundas Street West), along the Kitchener GO rail corridor, to beyond Strachan Avenue and the planned Fort York Pedestrian & Cycle Bridge.

The Study will determine:

  • Preferred alignment of the Railpath extension
  • Urban design features such as landscaping, public art, bike parking, signage and lighting
  • Opportunities for access points linking the Railpath to communities along the rail corridor
  • Design options for new pedestrian and bicycle bridges that may be required, and feasibility and cost-effectiveness of the different options

Upon completion, the City's goal is to commence construction of the Railpath extension in 2016 after Metrolinx has completed construction within their corridor for the Go Transit service expansion and the Air-Rail Link service from the Union Station to the Pearson Airport.


This study will follow a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Schedule ‘C’ process, which includes identifying the problem/opportunity, developing and evaluating a reasonable range of alternative solutions, and providing opportunities for public input.

Stakeholders Workshop 1

As a first step in engaging local stakeholders in the Railpath Study, the project team hosted a stakeholder's workshop on April 25, 2013 to explore key issues for developing a continuous multi-use trail. This event brought together Councillor Representatives, BIA's, Resident Associations, Community organizations and a Transportation Agency to work collaboratively on project opportunities and challenges.

This event brought together Councillor Representatives, BIA's, Resident Associations, Community organizations and a Transportation Agency to work collaboratively on project opportunities and challenges.

Public Event 1

A public open house and presentation was held on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the New Horizons Tower, 1140 Bloor Street West (at Dufferin Street).

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Design Review Panel

The study was presented to the City of Toronto's Design Review Panel on September 18, 2013. The Design Review Panel assists City Council in fulfilling Official Plan objectives by providing City staff with professional design advice on public and private developments.

Stakeholders Workshop 2

The project team met with local councillors and key stakeholders with ongoing involvement in the study on May 16, 2014 to receive feedback on the preferred Railpath route prior to second public event.

Public Event 2

The second public event took place on Monday, June 23, 2014 at the Parkdale Community Recreation Centre to discuss the preferred alignment.

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Public Event 3

A public meeting took place on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 99 Sudbury to discuss the Railpath route through the Sudbury Street area (between Queen Street West and King Street West).

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To request assistance with any difficulties accessing or understanding these documents, please contact Maogosha Pyjor at 416-338-2850 or email

Get Involved

Public consultation is an important part of this study. You are invited to learn more and to share your insights and opinions at any time.

All submissions will be documented, reviewed by the project team and included in the project record. We regret that we cannot directly respond to every individual message received. A summary of comments and project team responses will be published at key stages of the study.

Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.