With the huge 2023 budget challenges being faced by the City of Toronto, Transport Action Ontario (TAO) is joining dozens of other non-government organizations calling for an update on the costs and foregone revenues to build a new elevated link between the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway, rather than linking with an urban boulevard at grade.
This matter was extensively debated in 2009-2015. See TAO postings on this website. Both city staff and a stakeholder advisory committee, which included TAO, supported the urban boulevard approach, due to significant cost and revenue advantages totaling about $1 billion. However, in a narrow vote, Toronto Council chose the elevated link.
A letter has been sent to Toronto Council outlining the reasons why the boulevard makes more sense than ever, and urging a staff report. It can be viewed below.