Councillor's Report - Councillor Jennifer McKelvie

Dear Neighbours,


I hope you’ve enjoyed the warmer weather and had the chance to spend some time outdoors, exploring our neighbourhood. As we move into the fall season with most residents fully vaccinated, I look forward to meeting and speaking with many of you in person soon!


TTC WI-FI PILOT


Last summer, the TTC Board supported my and Commissioner Alan Heisey’s motion to bring a free Wi-Fi pilot to bus routes throughout our City. This spring, the TTC initiated the pilot and added free onboard Wi-Fi to the 35 Jane Street and 102 Markham Road bus routes.


The initiative is part of a larger pilot program aimed at prioritizing and providing Wi-Fi access to Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) in the City. The bus routes were chosen due to their popularity and location in key NIAs. Wi-Fi on buses means more customers, especially youth, can stay connected while commuting on the TTC.

 

The pilot will operate until later this fall, and the learnings will help to inform the Request for Proposal for a Wi-Fi Network on Buses and Streetcars City-wide, to be issued later this year.


BOB LOPTSON PLAYGROUND


After engaging in community consultation in the summer of 2020, City staff completed improvements to Bob Loptson Playground at West Rouge Park this past June. The enhancement project included the addition of new playground equipment, seating and landscaping. Thank you to all who shared their feedback during the consultation process!


PORT UNION ROAD


The City of Toronto’s Port Union Road widening project continues. The design includes the addition of a second northbound lane, wider sidewalks and bike lanes along the entirety of the corridor, consistent with City of Toronto guidelines. Once
completed, this project will better manage traffic flow and improve conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. A virtual public information session was held in May, where the community was able to review the design and ask questions. Please visit www.toronto.ca/portunion for the latest updates.


AUTOMATED SHUTTLE


The Automated Shuttle Trial will launch this fall to connect Rouge Hill GO Station to the West Rouge community and the Rouge National Urban Park. After hearing community feedback, City staff made changes to the routes to ensure efficiency
and accessibility.


In August, the automated shuttle created a digital map of its route and completed validation testing to ensure safety, accuracy and reliability. About the size of a large van, the slow-moving electric shuttle is driven largely by on-board computers, with a human attendant always on board to take control when the need arises. The City, TTC and Metrolinx are trialing this technology to better understand how small, automated vehicles can potentially be used to safely and efficiently fill gaps in the existing transit system. You can stay updated by visiting www.toronto.ca/avshuttle.


WE’RE HERE TO WORK FOR YOU

For local updates, please sign up for my weekly e-newsletter at www.jennifermckelvie.ca. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter, via my handle @McKelvieWard25. My office continues to serve our residents. Please email me at councillor_mckelvie@toronto.ca.