I've written a few times before about the proposal to convert St. Clair Avenue's streetcar line into a dedicated right-of-way, like what we now have on Spadina.
The process is slow, but there are some significant public meetings coming up.
As James notes in his comments, there is some push-back against this idea. The Toronto Star reported a week ago that the St. Clair West Revitalization Committee is opposed, and have concerns about the dedicated line "cutting off the street".
The Revitalization Committee is mentioned prominently in a June 2002 City of Toronto press release about improving the area. The committee held meetings and conducted focus groups, and ended up with five revitalization themes:
I happen to think that the St. Clair LRT project would work towards all these goals. Better transit will allow more people in the area to live a pedestrian-and-transit lifestyle, which is a neighbourhood- and community-focused lifestyle. It will also allow people from the rest of the city to access the area more easily, therefore enhancing the retail strip and economic opportunity.
The streets of Toronto are already clogged, and the only way to increase their throughput is by increasing their efficiency. There's no way to dramatically increase the throughput of cars, but the St. Clair LRT plan can help the TTC move many more people much quicker. (Although the streetcars may seem like only a small portion of the traffic, they actually are moving half the people on St. Clair already.) To me, the LRT plan sounds like the only real way to bring growth to the community.