Is Weston a ‘transit desert’?

The Star says that Weston is in a ‘transit desert’—an area of perversely low transit that is both born of and killing the economy our area.

On a frigid morning in February, Abraham left Simon waiting for the 59 Maple Leaf bus to take him to school. He waited and waited, but unbeknownst to him bus service had been disrupted. For two hours Simon stood in the cold with a crowd of other passengers, Abraham says. When he finally got to school he collapsed. She says his feet had turned blue.

The hypothesis is intriguing: transit planners prioritize high-density, high-employment areas, and for good reason. That’s where the people are. But more people and more jobs are drawn to where the transit goes, so areas of low employment and low density stay poor.

The Star’s article is based on a report from York University—itself in a transit desert—which says, “transit investments have tended to benefit areas that are already doing well, while not changing the prospects for areas that are not.”


Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

2 thoughts on “Is Weston a ‘transit desert’?”

  1. Completely agree. I remember reading this article in the star.

    You look at the 73 Royal York. The 73 has 3 different variants, where as the 89 has 1. I feel the 89 services a greater number of people since the density along the Weston corridor is higher than the royal York corridor.

    (Weston road does has a sampling of the 59, but that route is less frequent and the route is shifting from time to time because of Metrolinx construction)

    Also, the Royal York coordinator has a bike lane (even though it’s poorly designed and maintained) that starts at Dixon and runs pretty far (as far as Mimico station). Again I feel Weston has greater density, so why doesn’t Weston have great transport infrastructure?

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