Clarkson Transit Station Area Study


ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Government of Ontario and their partners at Metrolinx are investing in convenient, integrated transit across the province. This includes electrification of our GO train lines. In Mississauga, the Lakeshore West GO line will undergo changes to allow for electrification and 15 min, all day two-way service.

To prepare for these changes, the City of Mississauga is developing a plan for the area surrounding the Clarkson GO station. The Clarkson Transit Station Area Study will provide a planning framework to guide future development, ensuring it supports transit and contributes to the walkability of the area. In addition, the study seeks to:

  • Gather feedback from stakeholders and the local community
  • Complete a transportation assessment
  • Explore the possibility of employment land conversions
  • Develop a land use plan and policies

The City of Mississauga is leading the Clarkson Transit Station Area Study in partnership with the Region of Peel. A consultant team led by The Planning Partnership, and supported by LEA Consulting and Cushman & Wakefield ULC, is providing specialized expertise in land use planning, policy development, urban design, transportation and economic viability.


HAVE YOUR SAY



ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Government of Ontario and their partners at Metrolinx are investing in convenient, integrated transit across the province. This includes electrification of our GO train lines. In Mississauga, the Lakeshore West GO line will undergo changes to allow for electrification and 15 min, all day two-way service.

To prepare for these changes, the City of Mississauga is developing a plan for the area surrounding the Clarkson GO station. The Clarkson Transit Station Area Study will provide a planning framework to guide future development, ensuring it supports transit and contributes to the walkability of the area. In addition, the study seeks to:

  • Gather feedback from stakeholders and the local community
  • Complete a transportation assessment
  • Explore the possibility of employment land conversions
  • Develop a land use plan and policies

The City of Mississauga is leading the Clarkson Transit Station Area Study in partnership with the Region of Peel. A consultant team led by The Planning Partnership, and supported by LEA Consulting and Cushman & Wakefield ULC, is providing specialized expertise in land use planning, policy development, urban design, transportation and economic viability.


HAVE YOUR SAY


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  • How long will it take to open the bridge? This has been closed for an unexceptionable time period. it is very inconvenient for the customer..if this concept is understood by GO. i'm having my doubts.

    Gurcharan Sangha asked 8 months ago

    The pedestrian bridge was closed due to structural safety concerns. The contract for the replacement of the bridge was recently awarded. Metrolinx will be meeting with the contractor shortly and will have a better idea of when the bridge will re-open soon and they understand the inconveniences this is causing customers. We will post a follow up response when we have more details. 

  • Can we place CLARKSON station lit signs so that people who may have missed the announcement know its their station. Especially in the winter when its dark outside and NOT easy to recognize the station.

    Gurcharan Sangha asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback!

  • There is no mention in any presentation of the VIA and Freight Train traffic that also uses this line through Clarkson corridor. Has anyone considered how will new residents in a lovely new space near the tracks be impacted by freight car shunting and freight train traffic, VIA Passenger Trains, that is on-going if not relocated or redirected out of the area ? Freight will not be electrified likely and will always present high levels of noise. Is there any consideration of possible future high speed rail to/from Toronto from communities farther outside the GTA who are now commonly community over 2 hours per trip to downtown and might want to zip past Clarkson.

    freight me not asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your comment, you raise a valid concern. Any new redevelopment will require noise, air and vibration studies (among others) to identify any necessary mitigation measures that may be necessary to be implemented. Current plans for Regional Express Rail go as far as Aldershot station. There are no plans for high speed rail on the Lakeshore West corridor.

  • When are you going to fix the Clarkson-Lorne station bridge and the incredibly congested egress during rush hour

    Mcab asked 9 months ago

    Metrolinx has engaged a contractor to reinstall the bridge this spring/summer. This project is about shaping the future growth of the transit station area and in doing so one of the objectives is to shift station access away from single-car dominated modes which will help alleviate station area congestion. In addition, the introduction of 15-minute service on the LSW corridor should help reduce peak period surges. It should also be expected that some level of congestion will continue to happen as passenger volumes continue to grow.

  • Currently, public transit in the residential area south of Lakeshore Rd. is very inconvenient, in particular around Bradley Park area. Making buses more accessible would contribute to the overall success of this development plan. Please consider re-routing Bus #29 to take Bonnymede (instead of continuing on Southdown) --> Embassy --> Carrera --> Inverhouse (back to current route). This re-route would benefit about 170 semi-detached households, and about another 300-500 apartment units on Bonnymede. This is about 2,000 to 3,000 residents. In return, this would bring these people to the Study area and benefit the overall economic development plan. Currently, Bus #29 stops on Southdown between Bonnymede and Orr, and then on Orr east of Southdown. There are no houses in this stretch of the route. A lot of my friends and neighbors on Embassy and adjacent streets have to take off at Orr/Southdown and walk past Bradley Park. It is not safe when it is dark early in the morning or dark in the night. Snow and ice made it even worth. Re-routing through Embassy shall allow residents on Embassy, Silverberry, and west ends of Bonnymede and Carrera to access Bus #29 and Clarkson GO more easily. Bus #14 already covers this stretch on Southdown, so re-routing wouldn't affect people that need to get to these two stops on Southdown. Alternatively, consider adding another bus route that travels between this particular area and Clarkson GO. This dedicated route could use smaller bus that travels more frequently to be most cost effective. Please let us know if this would be considered in this study. Thank you.

    ClarksonResident asked 8 months ago

    MiWay’s Service Development Section considered your request and we would like to share with you their response:

    In changing Route 29 to travel along your proposed routing, MiWay would be displacing customers on Bonnymede Dr north of Inverhouse that use Stop #’s 0285 and 2359 along Inverhouse, currently. In providing service along Inverhouse, MiWay is accommodating customers that reside in streets on either side of Inverhouse Dr, which provides for a pedestrian friendly and safe walk to all residential streets within this area (Bonnymede Dr, Silverberry Cres, Embassy Ave, Carrera Ln, Inverhouse Dr). Customers walking from Stop #1631 on Orr Rd east of Southdown Rd to Embassy Ave or Silverberry Cres have the convenience to use the following stops also at walking distance:  

    1.  Embassy Ave from Stop #0284 Inverhouse Dr at Carrera Ct or from Stop #0285 Inverhouse Dr south of Bonnymede Dr is between a 250-400 metre walk, and

    2.  Silverberry Cres from Stop #0284 Inverhouse Dr at Carrera Ct or from Stop #0285 Inverhouse Dr south of Bonnymede Dr is between a 400-600 metre walk.  

    If customers have concerns for their safety, they can request a stop along route during evening/late night service hours. Simply speak to the Transit Operator at least one stop ahead of where you wish to alight the bus, and the Operator will let customers off as close to their request as possible. In order to accommodate a customer’s request, the Operator must be able to stop safely, as per operational protocols. For added safety and security, please exit by the front doors at the requested stop. 

    Amidst all of our customers’ priorities, MiWay has a duty to grow the transit network responsibly and as explained above, in public transit we are required to plan for the greater good of the majority of our customers.

  • Heavy traffic on Bromsgrove Rd. Now with stop sign at Bromsgrove & Seagull Dr we have idling cars lined up to entrance at 2315, and we all know what idling cars produce! Speeding cars between that stop sign heading E to the next light. Our street is getting louder so what about a sound barrier fence and is this possible?

    donna.grenier asked 9 months ago

    The Clarkson Transit Station Area project will look at any necessary traffic improvements required for any plans proposing to accommodate additional population and employment growth in the area. With respect to current traffic concerns and the noise wall, please contact the City’s 3-1-1 line so the inquiry can be directed to the appropriate staff member for a response.

  • From the buildings at Truscott and bodmin, the walkway is hazardous at best in the winter months. The bus is few and far between and filled to the brim with school kids when I need it in the morning. I am using my car at that time for because any other choice sucks. What's the plan to fix issues such as this?

    Shameer l asked 9 months ago

    MiWay’s Service Development staff monitors ridership levels; continually reviewing and adjusting service provision accordingly on all routes throughout the system. MiWay defines overcrowding when the passenger load exceeds 55 persons on a standard size (40ft) bus. MiWay uses several ridership and service monitoring tools to process feedback from customers, drivers, and staff. This data is then analyzed and where warranted, improvements are then determined to add capacity among other service changes. It is suggested that more detailed information such as the route, stop number, and the time the bus is boarded be submitted to MiWayHelps@mississauga.ca so staff can investigate this matter further.

    With regards to the hazardous walkway, please contact 3-1-1 and they can direct your concerns to the Transportation and Works department.

  • When are you going to replace the Steele foot bridge from the south parking lot to the bus depot and ticket sales booth? This bridge has been closed for at least 6 months!! MAJOR inconvenience to all who use the south lot.

    Arthur asked 12 months ago

    The pedestrian bridge was closed due to structural safety concerns. The contract for the replacement of the bridge was recently awarded. Metrolinx will be meeting with the contractor shortly and will have a better idea of when the bridge will re-open soon and they understand the inconveniences this is causing customers. We will post a follow up response when we have more details. 

  • Hi: I attended today's meeting and was concerned about what was not mentioned. This week we learned climate change is roaring ahead. Nowhere was that mentioned in the presentation and how it should affect any development thinking. With the expected changes to both temperatures and precipitation how does this new development address the need for climate change adaptation and resilience? Canada currently has about 2X the biocapacity as its carbon footprint as a whole. That is a huge loss since the 60's. How do we now plan development to increase resilience and not destroy what biocapacity is left? Within a decade conditions are going to be such that resilience and climate adaptation will be the driving issues for any development. I heard nothing in today's presentation that included such language or thinking. Seems to me there needs to be a rather radical rethink at the very foundation of the project. How do you intend to deal with the real conditions facing us now and escalating into the immediate future?

    c.bradbee asked 11 months ago

    The City of Mississauga understands the need for resiliency in community planning due to weather extremes. We understand the that transportation and buildings account for more than 50% of green house gas emissions which is directly related to how we design and operate within our communities.

    A well-rounded approach incorporates climate change mitigation strategies that are focused on reducing GHG emissions by promoting multi-modal transportation systems, a supportive, mixed use and compact urban structure, and ensuring the preservation of green spaces and tree canopy.

    MTSA’s create the opportunity to reduce GHG emissions by reducing dependence on the private automobile, and creating compact, mixed use, higher density residential areas that place residents within easy walking distance of accessible transit and services.

  • Do you plan to hold more of these? It's tough for people to get to these sessions and hold 3 community meetings for a change of this scale isn't what I would consider really being inclusive. There should be greater attempts to enable the highest amout of residents to take part. Sometimes that means offering more than 1 meeting of community meeting 1, 2 and 3.

    tanya02caruana asked 11 months ago

    Currently 3 community meetings are planned through the course of the study. Any questions, comments and/or requests for additional information about the study, can be communicated to us at any point during the study through various tools provided on the project website

    For those unable to attend meetings, online tools will be available so that everyone has a chance to submit feedback. All community meeting presentation materials are also posted for reference on the project website. 


  • Will consideration be given to deviate the already frequent truck traffic that passes through this area north/south on Southdown Road and east/west on Lakeshore Road/Royal Windsor Drive? In general, how would the proposed idea for a more pedestrian-friendly, walkable area around the Clarkson GO Station deal with the high number of vehicles using these major arterials, which will increase with development?

    jjemmerson asked 11 months ago

    The study will provide a planning framework to guide future development, ensuring it supports transit and contributes to the walkability of the area towards creating a ‘complete community’.

    Understanding travel behaviour and truck movements with respect to existing land use and traffic capacity is an integral component and is being considered in detail  as we formulate planning proposals for the study area, which is currently underway as a part of Phase 2 of the project.

  • are there any plans to address the parking capacity at site? it is almost at capacity as of 9:00 AM on weekdays. if parking is not addressed, the 15 minutes services will have little effect in my opinion

    SMalek asked 12 months ago

    Parking capacity is expected to be maintained in the near future. Parking is a matter controlled by the transit provider and beyond the scope of this project. The intent of this project is to guide future development to be more transit supportive, ultimately reducing the need for parking and automobile dependency by having more people, living, working and playing at or within a reasonable walking distance of the station and improving the connectivity of the station area by alternative modes of transportation such as cycling, walking, transit, ride share, and the like.  

  • Safety is paramount. 1, The completion of the parking garage encouraged patrons from farther away to use Clarkson Station. It is hard not to be trample when leaving westbound trains at the station, as drivers using the parking garage RUN along the platform to get to the stairs leading to the garage. 2. The announcement system at Clarkson has not worked well since I started using the GO trains here in 1994. Ambient noise in the area deadens the sound. Approaching trains do not always sound their whistles. 3. The bridge between the south-eastern ticket area and the entrance with an elevator is out of service, with not information about when a replacement will be in place. 4. Will Union Station EVER be complete? 5. My PRESTO payments are the most costly item in my monthly budget. Is it unreasonable for me to expect that there will be a seat on ANY train to and from Clarkson Station during rush hour?

    gmothers asked 12 months ago

    We hear your concerns. Unfortunately, they are not within the scope of this project nor within the control of the City. These questions and comments are best directed to the service provider GO Transit. We can advise that service frequency is expected to be increased in the future, especially once the switch has been made to electric trains by 2025 which will improve service capacity.


  • The hydro-pass walkway will be an excellent addition to the neighbourhood - is a designated and lighted crosswalk planned for Clarkson Road North?

    Pat asked 12 months ago

    The crossing at Clarkson Road North will be uncontrolled (ie. No markings or special signage). There are no plans for lighting at this time. 

  • Not everyone can attend the meeting on December 5th. Can you post the presentation and meeting minutes online? Ideally post the presentations prior to the meeting. Thank you

    Bagheera asked 12 months ago

    We value transparency in our community engagement processes. All meeting materials, including a summary of the feedback collected will be posted online. The meeting presentation will be posted the day after Community Meeting #1, on Thursday, December 6. The feedback summary will be posted at a later date, once the feedback has been transcribed and analysed.

  • Clarkson Road North will see a significant increase in volume with the additional traffic from condos on Clarkson Road North and on the Lakeshore. Speed is also an issue on Clarkson Road North. Are any stop-signs planned along Clarkson Road North to slow speed and provide pedestrian safety?

    Pat asked 12 months ago

    Thank you for your question!

    Traffic related questions with regards to specific development applications are outside the scope of this study and we suggest following up with the area development planner to answer such questions.  


  • The property at Clarkson Road North and the railway tracks remains abandoned. What is being done to rectify that?

    Pat asked 12 months ago

    This project is not dealing with any site specific development applications. We suggest you follow up with the area development planner for an update. 

  • Two questions: (1) What is an "employment land conversion"? (2) Will high rise development be kept west of the rail spur which crosses the lakeshore in Clarkson?

    JHM asked 12 months ago

    Thanks for your questions!

    (1) Employment designated lands - or lands where industry and businesses are allowed to locate - are limited to certain areas within the city designated as “employment lands”. Since these lands are vitally important to the economic success of a municipality/region/nation they are strictly protected by municipal, regional and provincial land use policies. An employment land conversion is a vigorous planning process whereby a study examines the appropriateness and need to allow residential and other non-employment types of uses on lands currently designated for employment purposes only.

    (2) The project will consider where it is appropriate to allow higher density development.

  • Hi, Can you please conserve more land for park expansion? Specifically the land around meadowood park. It has spectacular mature old growth forests and sandy beaches that are priceless and need to be conserved for future generations. With more people we need more conservation areas! Tom

    Tomasz asked 12 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Meadowwood park is not within the Clarkson MTSA study Area and therefore the suggested park expansion is outside the scope of this project. Please see the attached map outlining the full extent of Meadowwood Park which includes some of the natural areas (outlined in green) that you made reference to. The City is always looking for opportunities to acquire and expand parkland and there may be future opportunities through the redevelopment of the adjacent lands.


  • What is the proposal?

    Karolina asked 12 months ago

    Great question! There is no specific development proposal at this time. 

    The purpose of this study is to set a planning framework to guide development around the Clarkson GO transit station area in the future.

  • Are developers coming soon?

    Rwonderfullife0 asked 12 months ago

    While there is some interest by local land owners to redevelop lands in the area, this is the start of a multi-year process before we see shovels in the ground.


  • With the addition of 15 min, all day two-way service, what is the plan to combat the influx of parking at Clarkson Station? There is already a shortage of parking here and the influx of service will only make this worse.

    MeganW asked 12 months ago

    Thank you for your question! It is expected that the parking supply will remain the same in the short term. The intent is to put more people living and working closer to transit so they don’t have to drive their cars to the station. The study will focus on improving the walkability of the area and improving station access by non-auto modes of travel.