George Smitherman’s campaign has just released its platform for city services, including parks. Buried in this document is the following:
George supports constructing the Waterfront LRT by 2015 which will enable Torontonians to get to Cherry/Clark beaches and enjoy themselves.
I hate to tell the campaign folks, but the Waterfront LRT ain’t going near Cherry Beach for a very, very long time. The Cherry Street extension will run initially from King south to the rail corridor, and the Waterfront east line will go from Union to Parliament. Both of these will be joined up as part of the Lower Don Lands revitalization that restructures many roads and improves connections under the railway.
Much, much later, the Port Lands service will come in, but it won’t likely make it to Cherry Beach for a few decades, if ever.
Meanwhile, the Waterfront West line is in Transit City limbo with no funding, and an implementation date off in the late 2020s. The route will not, if the TTC has its way, serve the western beach, but will muscle its way through the Queen and Roncesvalles intersection, and proceed out via The Queensway. The route along Lake Shore to Colbourne Lodge Road is so much better, but that’s a “Miller” plan and therefore not likely to be found in Smitherman’s platform.