There’s an interesting streetscape experiment in the works for Cherry St. between King and Lakeshore, part of the new West Donlands development. After extensive public consultation, final plans were unveiled earlier this week that call for dedicated streetcar tracks going both ways nestled together on the east side of the street. They will be separated by a tree-lined platform from two lanes of traffic and separate bike lanes on the west side of the street, all framed by nice wide sidewalks.
This experiment will be short — only three stops — because the TTC says that the need to have traffic turning right across the streetcar tracks would otherwise slow down the streetcar too much. It’s not clear how this configuration would then transition to the rest of the streetcar route. But it’s good to see that the city, Waterfront Toronto and the TTC are open to experimenting to find a street configuration that is friendly towards both the community and sustainable transportation.
The full details can be seen in the TTC report (PDF). Graphics of the proposed streetscape can be seen on page 16 (Thanks to Steve Munro via Nick for this link).