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Plan to fix ‘horrible’ King Street gets mixed reviews from community – Toronto

Carlo Trevisan’s whole life revolves around King Street.

For nearly a decade, he’s lived around King Street West  and Bathurst Street with his wife and kids, his brother has a retail showroom at King and Berkeley Streets, and Trevisan has an office at King Street East and Parliament Street.

And to get back and forth  between them, he avoids his own street entirely — saying it would be 55-minute streetcar ride — and, instead, hops on the highway.

“I’m excited someone recognized just how horrible King Street is,” he told CBC Toronto at the Thursday night community meeting unveiling the King Street pilot project, which was met with a mix of praise and concern from attendees.

Slotted for the stretch of King Street between Bathurst Street and Jarvis Street, the project could start transforming the thoroughfare this fall into a street designed for transit riders — not drivers — with local traffic only and a separate corridor for streetcars.

“It’s really about speeding up our streetcars on King, making them more reliable, and also hopefully improving capacity,” said Chris Upfold, deputy chief executive officer with the TTC.

It’s not set in stone just yet, though. The pilot project is heading to the TTC board on June 15, followed by Mayor John Tory’s executive committee on June 19 and all of council in early July.

Coun. Joe Cressy, who represents Ward 20, is optimistic council will pass it.

“As the local councilor, one of the things I believe is you need to get it in quickly,” he said. “You can debate endlessly the details, but at the end of the day, you need to get it started.”

‘They’re trying to push this through too fast’

That sentiment doesn’t sit well with Tom Dunn, who has an office on King Street West and owns property on King Street East.


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