Toronto City Council approves traffic light at Sheppard Ave. and Bakersfield St.

When you are travelling north on the Allen Road and are headed for the Finch and Keele area most drivers avoid the journey around what I call the Sheppard Avenue hump by turning north on Bakersfield Street.

Bakersfield Street is the first street just west of the railroad underpass on Sheppard Avenue.   That route allows you to go due north and then cut across Toro Road in a straight line to Keele Street. It shaves your trip by about 3 kilometers.   Unfortunately, the trip cannot be done in reverse because a concrete barrier across Sheppard Avenue prevents you from turning left.   To return most drivers turn left at St. Regis Road and access Sheppard via Tuscan Gate.

I am happy to report that Toronto Council at their December meeting approved a traffic signal for the intersection of Sheppard West and Bakersfield Street.   A new street, called Viti Street will be created by extending Bakersfield Southward to establish the main vehicle entrance to the new subway Station.   Bakersfield will be widened at the South End to accommodate the flow of Traffic.   That’s good news for everyone except the used car dealership that parks cars for sale all over the street.

Bakersfield Street.   A new street, called Viti Street will be created by extending Bakersfield Southward to establish the main vehicle entrance to the new subway Station.     Bakersfield will be widened at the South End to accommodate the flow of Traffic.   That’s good news for everyone except the used car dealership that parks cars for sale all over the street.

 

The new subway station will be an important hub because it will function as a dual TTC/Go transit crossover. The go station for the northwest commuter line from York Region is located just across the tracks on the east side.   Now, Instead of having to travel all the way down to Union Station to access Toronto, commuters from the North will be able to disembark at the new Go Station and access the subway system in Downsview. This will take thousands of cars off Toronto streets when people who live north of the City discover that they can now more conveniently travel to work by TTC.

For Downsview residents, it means less traffic congestion, better transit access and now they won’t have to travel to the Allen Road in order to drop someone at a subway kiss and ride.

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