I mentioned in the post below on Brentwood that “it’s this type of development that actually may reduce car use. If your No. 1 priority is concern about traffic congestion or growth of cars in your neighbourhood, this may be the project to support in order to get some reduction in that. That’s not out of the question.”
It already happened at Oakridge, as I noted in this BIV column:
After the Canada Line started to deliver customers to Oakridge, Ivanhoé was amazed to see a significant drop in car traffic even as retail sales stayed buoyant at one of the best-performing properties in Canada – a high-fashion mall whose customers, one might think, would not be choosing to come by transit. But one would be wrong.
The most convincing case for transit was empty asphalt without empty cash registers.
Now that’s only the shopping-centre component. We’ll see what happens when thousands of apartments and condos are added, and the centre expands. But I anticipate that the congestion won’t be as much on the roads as it will be on the rapid-transit platforms.