Woodbine Racetrack Redevelopment

Strategic transit advisory

Woodbine Entertainment Group | Canada | 2017-2018

684-acre, privately owned site

Transforming to become “a city within a city”

Future urban heart of Northwest Toronto

6 million visitors per year, expected to double when complete


  • Woodbine will continue to be the ultimate destination for horse racing and gaming.
  • New, expanded entertainment, services, facilities, and cultural offerings will be integrated: food and dining, hotel, shopping, office space, post-secondary education, recreation, health, wellness, and urban residential living.
  • Strong transit connections between Woodbine, the city of Toronto, and the broader urban region are critical to realizing this vision.


  • Hatch provided Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) with strategic advice to build the initial business case for bringing higher-order transit to its site.
  • Transit included light-rail extension, alignment analysis and optioning, and early conceptual work related to a regional GO rail station and transit hub.
  • An evaluation of possible higher-order transit options was needed, including an options analysis for integration with other transit and mobility systems.
  • Initial work focused on preparing WEG for the anticipated onboarding of a gaming partner in late 2017.
  • Communication with key government and other local stakeholders was paramount.


  • An analysis of the value of various transit connections to the site was carried out and discussions with various government agencies and other stakeholders, including Pearson Airport, was supported.
  • A phasing strategy that aimed at optimizing density, value per square foot, and the number of jobs within site and surrounding area was developed.
  • A transit integration plan was delivered that sought to maximize the development potential and city-building potential of the Woodbine site.
  • An initial business case and advice on advancement strategy was created for the light rail extension.
  • Significant mixed-use development was contemplated at the site; integration with regional transit hub conceptualized.

Project numbers

684-acre, privately owned site
6 million visitors per year, expected to double when complete

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