The intersection at Lakeshore Boulevard and Leslie Street has been a mess for a long time, as the new streetcar maintenance facility takes shape.
The big ugly wall will be painted a colour, then trees will be planted to hide it and in a decade or two, it will be hidden, except for the 6 leafless months. And besides, TTC says on Twitter, the Ministry of the Environment made us put it up, so it will look nice and it’s not our fault.
Congestion of automobile traffic along the major arterial route that is Lakeshore Boulevard will apparently not be a problem. As you can see in the artist’s conception, the cars have disappeared. Good thing, too, because getting 30 metre streetcars across the intersection might have impeded cars on the Lakeshore. Here’s a crossing timetable I found in a TTC PDF.
85 outbound trips, between 5:00 and 7:00 a.m.
30 inbound trips between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.
30 outbound trips between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
45 inbound trips between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.
40 inbound trips between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m.
As the artist’s rendering shows, drivers of the future will not be using Lakeshore Boulevard. Pedestrians, joggers and cyclists will begin to enjoy the intersection. Each day, 6.9 kilometres of streetcar will be passing through the park-like setting.
For comparison, the entire parade route of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade is one kilometre shorter and it’s once a year, not every day.