Eli Ridder | Report

There will be major changes coming to the layout of Humber College’s North Campus, including two entry points to the incoming light rail transit starting construction this year, Humber said on Monday.

Beyond the dual entry points, set for the north and south ends of campus, for the LRT, which will be built underground on campus, there will be “a continuous plaza space between the two pavilions”.

This will also include adding a new access road from Hwy. 27 that will have an adjacent covered pedestrian walkway to the bus loop and a “reconfiguration and regrading of the adjacent parking lot”.

Image from TTC. Darker areas are where it goes underground.

Construction will begin in the next few weeks at the eastern end of the LRT line at the underground station at Finch Avenue and Keele Street, the statement confirmed.

The in-service date for the LRT is scheduled for 2023, with the aim of moving 2,250 passengers per hour at the morning peak and 46,000 passengers per weekday by 2031, Humber said.

This means that first year students that started in September 2018 for a four-year program at the college or the University of Guelph-Humber may be the only current students to benefit from the LRT.

“Sustainability is one of the core values in Humber’s new Strategic Plan and the Finch West LRT will be a great addition to the efforts already underway at the College,” said Lindsay Walker, manager of the sustainability office.

“LRTs produce near zero-emissions and will provide our staff and students with another environmentally friendly way to get to work and school, helping to preserve our collective future.”

The LRT will have 18 stops, including 16 surface stops, plus an underground interchange station at Finch West, and connecting to other local transit including TTC, MiWay, Viva and Züm at Humber College.

More details to follow. Image from Humber Today.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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