Accessibility is the measure of how easy it is for people to access places they need to go. Section 2.2 of Toronto's Official Plan defines transportation accessibility as having two components: mobility (transportation) and proximity (land use). Increasing mobility by providing modal choice, and/or increasing the speed of travel allows more trips to be made within a given time, whereas increasing proximity through greater mixing of uses and/or higher densities achieves the same effect by shortening trip lengths.
Priority 1: Support the development of Scarborough Centre as a vibrant urban node
Toronto's Official Plan envisions Scarborough Centre as the "urban focal point for eastern Toronto where employment, housing, institutional, cultural, recreational, commercial and community services and transit will be concentrated in a dynamic mixed-use location." This direction is supported at the Provincial level by the Provincial Policy Statement and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, as well as other provincial and local planning policies.
In the future, the Centre will continue to develop as a meeting place: a location for cultural facilities, public institutions and major services for people from across Scarborough and neighbouring districts and municipalities. Providing excellent transit is one ingredient of a successful plan for the future of Scarborough Centre. Other improvements will be identified through the upcoming Transportation Master Plan study that will consider refinement of the street layout, greater consideration of multi-modal options including quality connections to transit, as well as the upcoming Public Art Plan that will seek to enhance the area with high quality public art in support of the City's Official Plan policies, local precinct plans and the Scarborough Centre Public Space and Streetscape Master Plan.
Providing convenient, high speed rapid transit connection to this urban growth centre is a key tenet of the City’s Official Plan, to ensure Scarborough has the same degree of mobility opportunities that exist in other urban centres (such as North York and Yonge – Eglinton) and that are otherwise planned (including Six Points in Etobicoke). The key transit planning priority for Scarborough Centre is to better connect the Centre to the rest of the Toronto city region in order to:
Better connecting Scarborough Centre to the rest of the City and Region is crucial to its success. The return on this significant public investment will be public and private development and economic prosperity.
Priority 2: Support the development of complete communities along the Avenues and improve local accessibility
Use transit to improve accessibility of local destinations within Scarborough to:
Investment in better transit, particularly along the designated Avenues, contributes to the creation of complete communities that meet people's needs for daily living, provides transportation choice and reduces auto dependency.