This is amazing news. I hate waiting around on a bus for half an hour after a game before it even hits the highway. Particularly after a Leafs or Habs game when there is a higher likelihood of being puked on, assaulted or having someone elbow my wife in the face.
Yes but there packed there is a demand for atleast another one maybe more.
That's the intended purpose. The other 2 lots are full, so this is going to allow west-end transit users to park in the SBP lot and take peak period transit (ie express buses) to get downtown for work.
I bet nothing will be started before the election, yet Chiarelli will be out promoting it. This should have been done way back when the stadium was built, yet the provincial government would'nt pay for a ramp and made the Sens pay for a ramp off the queensway
Sounds like great news. Firestone talked about this being in his original plans, but because the 2nd exit would be too close to the first one, it was nixed.
Originally Posted by Bruce Firestone
Our original plan included a connection to Highway 7 by extending Huntmar south to intersect with Hazeldean Road (which the NDP also opposed) and a slave on-ramp to Highway 417 from what is now Parking Lot 9. The Huntmar extension was finally completed by Mattamy and opened in 2008 but the on-ramp from Lot 9 does not yet exist. I didn’t realize the on-ramp was left out until one event day, I parked in Lot 9. It took me 45 minutes to get out of there—I couldn’t believe it. When I got home, I looked up the plans and realized the slave ramp had been left out. It turns out MTO wouldn’t allow us to build it—the distances between the Palladium Interchange and Terry Fox Drive were too close to permit it, in their view. Ridiculous. The ramp would only be open for 45 minutes after major events when traffic speeds are reduced from 100 kph to 45 kph and, obviously, safe distances are likewise reduced. So there is hope yet for Lot 9 parkers that this can be rectified as SBP undergoes further development.
And although we Sens fans love to bandy about that infamous bit of victimization where the Sens owners had to pay for the overpass, they may have carried the debt awhile, but in the end, that cost was taken back and is now being paid off by land development fees from all the businesses in the area.
The park and ride is likely unrelated to Sens games, but as said, allows another park and ride for getting downtown and back at other times than Sens games. The advantage of the park and ride is likely that it involves cooperation with OC transpo who will get preferred access and so can can fund some of it out of the bus budgets and tap into transitway improvement funds.