image of the revitalized queens quay boulevard

Sustainable transportation and mobility are key to developing complete, healthy, and walkable communities and to reducing carbon emissions. Waterfront Toronto is preparing for a cultural shift away from car dependence and towards more active and sustainable transportation choices for residents and visitors. This includes walking, cycling, public transit, and electric vehicles. Two of our waterfront projects highlight our mandate to re-shape how we move through Toronto.

Queens Quay Revitalization

Queens Quay is Toronto's main waterfront street. The newly revitalized stretch of Queens Quay between Bay Street and Yo-Yo Ma Lane is a complete reconfiguration of the street.

Prior to its revitalization, Queens Quay acted as a barrier rather than a gateway to the waterfront. It suffered from sub-standard street car platforms, awkward pedestrian access and crossings, as well as illegal parking activities. It also lacked a continuous trail to accommodate cyclists, joggers, residents, and visitors.

The new Queens Quay accommodates the needs of all users by delivering a balanced transportation plan that includes:

  • Two lanes of east-west traffic on the north side of the street
  • A dedicated light rail transit right-of-way
  • A generous granite pedestrian promenade on the south side
  • A new extension of the Martin Goodman Trail, flanked by a double row of trees

Waterfront Toronto has created a more functional and efficient space that delivers a high quality experience for residents and visitors alike. The new boulevard enhances waterfront access and creates new space for social interaction, fostering a sense of community and social well-being that supports active and healthy lifestyles.

Queens Quay Statistics

  statistics from revitalized queens quay boulevard

In addition, Waterfront Toronto worked with the City of Toronto to extend the Martin Goodman Trail west of Yo-Yo Ma Lane to Stadium Road, connecting with the existing trail at Coronation Park and creating a continuous east-west recreational trail along the water's edge. We also completed an improved sidewalk and extended the Martin Goodman Trail between Yonge Street and Parliament Street in 2013, completing the connection of the train across the city's waterfront.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at George Brown College

Funded by the Ministry of Transportation, Waterfront Toronto installed electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the underground parking garage at the George Brown College Waterfront Campus. The three "Level 2" charging stations have the ability to charge five electric vehicles concurrently. The charging stations are an important transformative step towards encouraging more sustainable modes of transportation. The EV charging stations were used exclusively by the Toronto 2045 Pan / Parapan American Games electric vehicle fleet during the games and provide a legacy benefit for the public.

We will collect data on the public use and energy consumption of the EV charging stations for the next three years to monitor the technology's rate of adoption, which will help us understand demand and inform the need for additional infrastructure.

EV charging stations at george brown college

Staff Commuting Survey

According to an internal commuting survey conducting in August 2015, over 90% of Waterfront Toronto staff take transit, cycle or walk to work. This demonstrates that sustainability is not only part of our work, but is ingrained in our personal choices as well. 

Waterfront Toronto Employee Commuting Survey Results