The province is proposing to build two communities at Bridge and High Tech stations – along the Yonge North Subway Extension – that would help create more housing, more jobs and space for recreation and leisure within walking distance of the TTC’s extended Line 1.
“We are moving beyond the ‘park and ride’ model and creating communities built around transit: this will bring jobs and housing closer to stations, lower commutes for workers, increase ridership and build critical infrastructure at a lower cost to taxpayers,” said Stan Cho, Associate Minister of Transportation.
Consultations with Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan and York Region are currently underway, with public consultations beginning later this Fall.
The transit-oriented communities at Bridge and High Tech Stations would include commercial, office and retail space to support approximately 14,000 new jobs in the region, the province said in a statement last week. The proposed communities would be served by the future Yonge North Subway Extension, GO regional service, VIVA Rapid Transit and the encompassing major highways.
The Bridge and High Tech station sites are within the Richmond Hill Langstaff Gateway Urban Growth Centre – an area identified and planned for strategic population and employment growth.
The province passed the Transit-Oriented Communities Act in July 2020, to enable the construction of vibrant communities centred around transit stations along the routes of the province’s four priority subway projects.
A month earlier York Region and the province officially signed the Ontario-York Region Transit Partnership Preliminary Agreement, including a “Memorandum of Understanding on Transit-Oriented Development” confirming their partnership on the transit plan and to build the Yonge North Subway Extension faster.
On July 16, the province announced a fourth station at Clark Avenue for the Yonge North Subway Extension.