Transit-Oriented Developments in Canada

James Parakh
Urban Design Manager
City of Toronto Planning Department, Toronto

The relationship between the network of transit infrastructure and tall building communities is explored by way of four case studies from three Canadian cities. In Toronto, at the interchange of the new Eglinton Crosstown line, a master plan created by the City Planning Division will be developed into a new mixed-use urban precinct. Also, with Toronto's Union Station undergoing a $1 billion renovation, the neighborhood of South Core has capitalized on this investment with a new supertall, mixed-use neighborhood. In Ottawa, the new high-density, transit-based neighborhood of Le Breton Flats will expand the downtown westward around two new transit stations on the new Confederation rail line. Lastly, a new mixed-use center in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey will become the area’s largest integrated transit community. As cities continue to intensify, the need for transit-supported density becomes increasingly important to creating walkable communities, which offer an enhanced quality of life. The findings from these case studies outline key principles and lessons learned, which will benefit other cities around the world. Additionally, criteria were presented against which these case studies can be evaluated, and which could help other transit-based master plans to achieve similar successes.

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