New initialisms, Major Transit Station Areas (MTSAs) and Protected Major Transit Station Areas PMTSAs), have crept into our development vocabulary.
The Province of Ontario needs the City to review our Official Plan by summer 2022. This update will help us prepare for long-term growth over the next 30 years. Toronto is expected to grow by 700,000 people and more than 450,000 jobs by 2051. Now to the business of planning how to accommodate that growth.
One approach is to place growth within walking distance of rapid transit stations. It means compact, walkable areas with a diverse mix of uses and incomes, at densities that support transit ridership. This allows people to access public transit quickly and conveniently from the places they live, work, learn, shop, and play. Toronto has more than 180 potential Major Transit Station Areas (MTSAs) which could be designated for transit-oriented development. These are areas within an approximate 10-minute walk (500–800 metre radius) of a transit station (existing or planned).
What are these 180 potential MTSAs? Here is the LIST. What data are associated with each of the MTSAs? You might be curious to scroll through this DOCUMENT and see what metrics are assigned to each of these downtown MTSAs on TTCs subway line one.