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'Traffic nightmare': Councillors pushing for GO stop at Etobicoke Lakeshore area

Councillors hoping Metrolinx adds a station stop at the Etobicoke-Lakeshore area that's seen a lot of residential developments

A west bound GO Train engine traveling backwards leaves Exhibition Station after a brief stop.

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A west bound GO Train engine traveling backwards leaves Exhibition Station after a brief stop.

Two councillors are pushing for a GO station at Park Lawn as Metrolinx continues to ponder a potential increase of station stops.

Mark Grimes of Ward 6 and his counterpart Justin Di Ciano of Ward 5 have started a petition collecting signatures of support for the platform to be built in the Etobicoke Lakeshore area.

Both wards have experienced intense residential growth for many years, with tens of thousands of people coming to live in the area as condo developments continue to sprout. But transit has continued to be “inefficient” and “unreliable” for area residents, said Di Ciano.

“What we have here is a traffic nightmare,” he said, describing thousands of cars trying to make their way into the city through the “two-lane bottleneck that’s the Lakeshore.”

“It has been just too much intensification without a sound transit plan. Transit has always been an afterthought here.”

More residential development is likely to come to the area and, once complete, the area could be home to as many as 28,000 residents. It’s only fitting to add a GO station stop and allow people to depend less on cars, he said.

“People would literally walk to the trains and right into the city,” he said, hopeful the petition – which has so far gained over 800 signatures – will help support the case.

“In a democracy when people yell loud and clear, politicians will listen,” he said.

The province is expected to come up with the final list on new GO station stops early in the summer.

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