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Two Toronto councillors petition for Park Lawn GO stop

File photo of a GO train. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve White

Thanks in large part to the unwavering persistence of former mayor and current councillor Rob Ford, Scarborough become the poster-child for inadequate public transit. The recently revised Scarborough extension seeks to rectify that.

But now two Toronto councillors want the spotlight thrown onto Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

Councillor Mark Grimes and Councillor Justin DiCiano have started a petition for a new GO stop at Park Lawn.

As of 1:30 p.m., the petition, directed at Metrolinx and the province, had more than 130 signatures.

“We cannot stress enough how inadequate public transit service is in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Transit in our wards is inefficient, unreliable, and often inaccessible to many users,” the councillors wrote.

In Metrolinx’s “New Station Analysis” report, Park Lawn is being considered as a location for a new station, but Grimes and DiCiano want to assure it comes to fruition, citing a marked increase in population growth in the area.

“By the time construction of residential developments in the Park Lawn and Lake Shore Blvd. W area are complete, there will be approximately 28,000 residents living within a few square kilometres,” the petition states.

“Traffic congestion is already at an all-time high and we anticipate it will continue to deteriorate over the next few years. We cannot expect people to leave their cars at home if we do not provide reliable public transit options close to home.”

Comments on the Change.org petition reflected the councillors’ concerns.

“There is huge density of people at Park Lawn now and those people will be able to walk to the station to use GO,” wrote Scott McNay. “It also means they won’t have to go to the current Mimico station, bringing all that car traffic through the streets of Mimico.”

“How could the city allow all the new condos being built without providing the necessary infrastructure for transit?” asked Julie Mundy. “Unbelievable!”

Metrolinx New Station Analysis Report