Mobility

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Waterfront Toronto asked for:

  • Convenient and efficient transportation options for Quayside that could enable low-carbon and affordable mobility solutions

  • Innovative funding strategies that could leverage public and private funding to secure an implementable model for light rail transit along the eastern waterfront

Sidewalk Labs proposed:

  • Reduce the need to own a car by providing safe, connected and affordable options for every trip

  • "People first" streets that include bicycle paths and prioritize sustainable modes

  • Adaptable and curbless streets that include a “Dynamic Curb” to optimize the use of road space by expanding and contracting pick-up and drop-off zones to enable pedestrian use based on demand

  • Pricing incentives and active management of the mobility network with pricing applied in real time to manage demand

  • Integration of travel modes and optional app-based mobility as a service packages

  • Underground tunnels and delivery robots for freight and garbage

  • Heated pavement to melt snow and ice

  • Infrastructure for electric vehicles

Other elements of Sidewalk Labs’ proposals:

  • Establish a new public-sector entity called the Waterfront Transportation Management Association (WTMA) that would: collect revenues, manage a not-for-profit budget, set fees for parking and curb pricing, and invest in capital improvements and operations of mobility systems. The WTMA could include a steering committee with governments, public agencies, and private stakeholders

  • Sidewalk Labs says they will not move forward with the development of Quayside without a public sector commitment to fund the City-approved LRT expansion along Queens Quay East. Sidewalk Labs has proposed an optional method for financing the LRT through a private consortium

Sidewalk Labs' illustration of dynamic curbs

Sidewalk Labs' illustration of dynamic curbs

Sidewalk Labs' illustration of Cherry Street

Sidewalk Labs' illustration of Cherry Street

Waterfront Toronto's Note to Reader Review:

  • Sidewalk Labs’ proposed mobility initiatives align with Waterfront Toronto’s work to date, including the revitalization of Queens Quay and the Cherry Street LRT extension

  • The establishment of the WTMA, and many of these mobility initiatives, would require independent regulatory approval from municipal or provincial authorities (for example, curbside pricing for rideshare pick-up, and road pricing for autonomous vehicles)

  • Sidewalk Labs proposes that the WTMA collect revenues and manage a not-for-profit budget, including setting fees for parking and curb pricing

Waterfront Toronto’s early thinking on risks to consider:

  • Delayed uptake of autonomous vehicles, lesser adoption of shared use of ride hailing than anticipated

  • Complexity of establishing the WTMA and associated financial considerations

  • Privacy and data governance concerns associated with roadside data collection and mobility-as-a-service tools

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