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Rosedale Residents Oppose Redway Busway

There are other transit news items other than the possible strike today. Yesterday, Rosedale residents, environmentalists and other interested parties attended a joint meeting of the public works and transportation committees on a proposal to extend Redway Road to Bayview Avenue. The Star has details, as does the Globe.

The proposal is a key element to make bus rapid-transit work along Don Mills road. Don Mills and Overlea Drive are wide enough to dedicate two lanes to buses or an LRT, but road widths shrink south of the Leaside bridge. To get around capacity issues near Greektown, city planners suggest that buses jog northwest on Millwood and turn left onto Redway Road, currently a dead-end street at the edge of the Don Valley. The road would be extended southwest to Bayview Avenue and buses would continue to Castle Frank station, or possibly to the downtown.

Rosedale residents note that Redway Road exits right across from Nesbitt drive, the northeastern gateway of their quiet community. Even though the Redway extension would be for buses only, they fear motorists would pressure for opening the road to cars. Others have noted that the cost of this project could be as high as $35 million, and would increase ridership by 700 per hour at a cost of $8 per rider. While ridership would be high on the new express route, the TTC’s Ridership Growth Strategy would realize the same increase for half the cost.

The two committees recommended that the proposal proceed to the environmental assessment stage. The debates will continue.

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