The topic of transportation was high on the agenda at City Hall on Thursday, with approval given for a redevelopment plan for the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway and a 15 year, multi billion dollar transit plan.
With regards the aging Gardiner Expressway, council voted 36-5 in favour of the Hybrid Alternative Design 3.
Under this plan, the portion of the Gardiner that runs east of Jarvis Street would be pushed farther north, opening up more waterfront land for development.
It’s the most expensive of the three Hybrid options that went before council, with an overall price tag of just over $1 billion.
The decision follows a vote last summer, when the council opted to pursue a hybrid approach which would maintain some of the elevated expressway, rather than to tear the section down.
Meanwhile, Council also voted to approve the first phase of Mayor John Tory’s transit plan, which includes a scaled back vision for SmartTrack, the Scarborough Subway extension and the first leg of a downtown relief subway line.