Last Friday, the City revealed its detailed plans and costing estimates for the expansion of the Confederation Line east and west, and rebuilding the Trillium Line to a higher standard while extending its length southwards.
As part of the show, there were “artist impressions” of several new stations of interest to west side residents. I fully expect the designs to “evolve” somewhat before they are built, responding to cost pressures, value engineering, and political pressure. But here’s what we have to consider now:
Here is Westboro Station today:
And here is is “tomorrow” ie 2025:
The pigeon view of the Westboro Station is from over two-traffic-lane Scott Street looking northeast towards the former CBC building. The transitway trench is converted for rail.
The bus pull over zone between the transitway station and Scott Street has been converted to a ped and cycling plaza.
The east-bound bus loop that crosses the trench to the north side entrance and then back out to Scott is now shown as being for east bound buses and private passenger vehicles for picking up and dropping off passengers (in city-speak, a PPUDO – Passenger Pick Up and Drop Off). The sidewalks on both sides of the trench bridges look much larger than today, but that may be just planning porn.
Note that the current MUP on the north side of Scott now seems to be one way westbound, and there is an on-street eastbound painted bike lane, NOT a complete-street cycle track protected from adjacent traffic lanes by the on-street parking lane.
I remain puzzled that the city feels providing free or cheap on-street parking is such a priority use of space and dollars. I’d love to see this revised to be a raised cycle track along the sidewalk and parking (if somehow essential) on the street side of the track.
The drawing does not show a signalized intersection. Nor does it show it as a “raised” or paver-dressed intersection, just asphalt.
The tail end of a private car is shown going left off the picture along the access ramp to transitway trench (??).
Note that this station has a much-simplified design compared to the Phase 1 stations. No fancy sloped multi-angled roof with soaring semi-interior spaces, just covered staircases.
The view from the platform level shows the roofed stairs. Escalators?? The drawing is unclear as to whether the steel struts over the platform has glass roofs or is open to the rain and snow. This was similarly un-seeable on the Phase 1 illustrations, and it turns out sometimes some of the platform is covered and sometimes not. I hope the “uncovered” sections are strong enough to someday be glazed.
The concrete trench walls look to be “dressed” in cut limestone or porcelain rather than raw concrete like today.
Next: westward ho !