Queens Quay West Revitalization

  • Vehicle-heavy thoroughfare transformed into a public waterfront focused on pedestrians, cycling, and light-rail transit.
  • Created new cultural, recreational, and residential opportunities.

Toronto's Lake Ontario waterfront drove the city's industrial and economic growth for much of its history. Now the city has transformed its once industrial shoreline into a world-class cultural, residential, and recreational resource.

Queens Quay West is the centrepiece of Toronto’s Central Waterfront Revitalization. The Queen’s Quay Revitalization project has transformed the thoroughfare into a modern, beautiful, and multi-modal street. The corridor was reconfigured to connect the Martin Goodman Trail within the Central Waterfront and leverage much-needed rehabilitation of the streetcar tracks. It is now an iconic boulevard and public space to be enjoyed by Torontonians and visitors alike.

Arup supported the project, which transformed a 3.5km stretch of busy four-lane street into a two-lane, tree-lined, pedestrian and cyclist-friendly waterfront promenade served by public transit. It includes 1.5km of new light rail in a dedicated lane, 3.5km of the Martin Goodman Trail, nine complex intersections, and 1.5km of utility relocations — all in a very complex stakeholder environment.

We had a multidisciplinary role in several aspects of the decades-long multi-phase revitalisation project that involved some 2,000 acres of underused or derelict land. Our work included transit planning and traffic engineering, civil engineering for road improvements and storm water management, structural engineering advice related to pedestrian bridges and marine structures, and sustainability advice.


  • Queens Quay. Credit Arup.Open gallery

    A four-lane roadway was reduced to two lanes to create a pedestrian promenade served by public transit.