The city has started an environmental assessment to study how best to route the Railpath’s southern extension. Unfortunately, running the trail into downtown isn’t as simple as paving a path beside the railroad tracks.
For the existing section of the path, the city had purchased an out-of-use railway right-of-way. But South of Dundas, city planners and architects must squeeze the route along a busy rail corridor currently controlled by Metrolinx, which handles regional transit planning for the province. Though the corridor appears more than wide enough to accommodate a bike path, much of that space is needed for rail lines to handle expanded GO Transit service and the Union Pearson Express train, set to enter service in 2015.
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