The CBLCA was informed at the end of last week of major changes to come later this summer involving both the Transitway and its bus traffic and Corkstown Road from the transit station to Moodie Drive.
OC Transpo announced the closure of the Transitway from Holly Acres Road to Moodie Drive. This will include closure of the Moodie Drive station to enable the Transitway and station to be converted to LRT use. The closure is scheduled to begin September 5, 2021, and last for approximately three-and-a-half years. Buses now using the Transitway will be rerouted onto Highway 417 and station stops eastbound and westbound will be moved to the highway off-ramps at Moodie Drive.
What is missing from these plans is a strategy about how transit users within Crystal Beach Lakeview are to connect to the altered routes.
At the same time, KEV, the builder of the Confederation LRT Line, announced that beginning later this year, work will begin to realign Corkstown Road between Moodie Drive and the transit station. They have further indicated that they intend to remove all trees north of Corkstown Road on the west side of the multi-use pathway where it crosses Corkstown Road, as well as on the north side of Corkstown Road near the Moodie intersection. Tree cutting is currently scheduled for September. You can view the affected areas and tree varieties in the accompanying image.
There is significant lack of detail in the announcements and no prior discussion with the community association. Since the announcements, our committee has been rapidly developing plans as well as reaching out for answers to our many questions. We have also contacted Councilor Kavanagh requesting she become involved to both assist us in getting answers and to open discussion with OC Transpo and the City LRT staff.
We have been assured that during the rerouting of Corkstown Road, the road itself will remain open at all times. The multi-use path (MUP) alongside Stillwater Creek will also remain open to pedestrians and cyclists, as will the MUP from the station west to the stoplight for the 417 westbound off-ramp at Moodie.
As part of our work, the committee needs to better understand the wishes of our community, especially with respect to accessing public transit. Our committee previously made some attempts to improve our connectivity to transit as well as to Bells Corners. We were largely unsuccessful. With all these changes, we will try to engage OC Transpo to modify routes and frequencies to better serve the needs and wants of Crystal Beach Lakeview.
To that end, we will be preparing a new survey on transit use going forward. You should expect to see this survey within the next week. Please help us work better on your behalf.
—Transportation, Transit, and Infrastructure Committee