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By 2041, The Greater Toronto And Hamilton Region will have grown from seven to ten million people. The Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan is a blueprint for our transportation system to be ready for this massive change – and Metrolinx needs your input. Engagement is underway now at www.metrolinx.com/theplan and through a series of public roundtables – join Metrolinx in Toronto on November 1, 2017. More details about Toronto's public roundtable here: https://goo.gl/5VW4jD  View the presentation at www.smarttrack.to with further information at www.metrolinx.com/NewStations

Metrolinx and Hydro One have completed an Environmental Project Report (EPR) for the GO Rail Network Electrification Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP).   The official Notice of Commencement for the formal 120-day TPAP period was issued June 14 2017, and a third round of public meetings were held.  The report is now available for a 30-day public review period starting October 11, 2017 until November 9, 2017 at www.gotransit.com/electrification.
 
Email your comments to: electrification@metrolinx.com/ Community.Relations@HydroOne.com.

Lakeshore East Railway Corridor Expansion Program: Rail Tie Replacement Work Fall 2017
Until the Fall, Metrolinx will be replacing old rail ties (e.g. rectangular wood or concrete support for the rails) with new rail ties along the entire Lakeshore East Corridor (Union Station to Oshawa GO Station). This is part of their routine rail corridor state of good repair maintenance program to ensure safe and efficient rail service. Work will be completed overnight between midnight and 6:00 a.m. (approximate). Metrolinx understands this work is disruptive, but can only be complete during overnight hours where there is minimal train activity.

For more information, feel free to contact Metrolinx by phone at 416-202-7210 or by email at jody.robinson@metrolinx.com, Community Relations and Issues Specialist.

Metrolinx Environmental Assessment Update: Poplar Road, Scarborough Golf Club Road, Morningside Avenue and Galloway Road

The recommendations support the permanent closure of Poplar Road with a non-vehicular grade separation for pedestrians/cyclists to get across once the road is closed.

Metrolinx has received Ministry approval for the Lakeshore East (Segment 3) Environmental Assessment which proposes grade separations at Scarborough Golf Club Road, Morningside Avenue and Galloway Road. City staff are currently reviewing and commenting on various design submissions related to the grade separations as part of the next phase of work.

City staff are also currently reviewing the draft Environmental Project Report submitted in support of electrification (move to electric trains from diesel). This will affect 5 out of 7 existing GO Rail Corridors including Lakeshore East.

Metrolinx is Building A Community Charter
Metrolinx is asking for help from communities across the GTHA to develop a Community Charter.  The purpose is to gather meaningful comments from residents to define Metrolinx’s relationship with residents and communities through a series of promises and service standards.

A online engagement form has been posted for your participation with six themes to help underpin the charter, with the intention to share the draft wording in late March with specific promises based on the themes you provided Metrolinx.  Sign up to participate on this webpage, which is also featured on the Metrolinx.com homepage and MetrolinxEngage.com.  

  1. Public safety
  2. Fiscal responsibility
  3. Courtesy and respect
  4. Public input
  5. Timely Information
  6. Connecting communities

For further information please contact: Carmen Rapati, Community Relations & Issues Specialist, and Strategic Communications. T: 416-202-4719

Metrolinx Rail Expansion
Metrolinx received Ministry approval (January 10th, 2017) for the Lakeshore East (Segment 3) Environmental Assessment which proposed grade separations at Scarborough Gold Club Road, Morningside Avenue and Galloway Road and recommends the permanent closure of Poplar Road and a non-vehicular grade separation for pedestrians/cyclists to get across once the road is closed.

City staff are currently reviewing and commenting on various design submissions related to the grade separations as part of the next phase of work. City staff are also reviewing the draft Environmental Project Report submitted in support of electrification (move to electric trains from diesel). This will affect 5 out of 7 existing GO Rail Corridors including Lakeshore East.

Guildwood GO Station  View work
Metrolinx has advised and sent out notices to area residents to advise  the work is progressing well at the GO Station. Construction of the retaining wall on the north side ending near Payzac Avenue is almost complete. East platform work continues with construction of new stairs and elevator shafts, curb installation, as well as preparation for adding the snowmelt system.

A night crane on the south side will begin lifting sections of the platform canopy up onto the platform. Typical construction sounds can be expected. Metrolinx has informed that this work can only be completed at night when trains are not operating. The lifting and placement of the canopy sections is expected to continue to the end of February 2017. I am continuing to urge Metrolinx to install sound barriers along adjacent properties and ask that you also sent your comments to Manuel.Pedrosa@metrolinx.com and myself at councillor.ainslie@toronto.ca.

Excavation of the new station building foundation has begun. Construction of the utility building (east of old station building) is well underway. Work continues on both entrances to the east tunnel. The new station is still on track for completion by early 2019.  If you have any questions about the Guildwood GO Station please contact: Carmen Rapati, Community Relations & Issues Specialist, Strategic Communications Metrolinx at 416-202-4719, Carmen.Rapati@metrolinx.com.  I will continue to request that information signage be posted at the station.  View Pictures


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Metrolinx has issued the Notice of Completion for the Lakeshore East Rail Corridor Expansion (Guildwood to Pickering). A notice is being sent out the community. This ends the 120-day Transit Project Assessment Period and triggers the beginning of the 30-day public consultation period from November 4 to December 4, 2016 to review the Environmental Project Report and notice please visit metrolinx.com/guildwoodpickering

Metrolinx Lakeshore East Corridor Expansion: Sound Barriers
Over the course of the last few years our community has been invited to attend a number of Metrolinx Community Consultations for their plans to add a third track to the Lakeshore East Corridor Expansion.  Although the proposal will accommodate increased public transit, there have been a number of concerns stemming from local traffic infiltration, traffic volume and noise.

The increased noise expectation attributed to the 3rd track is a strong one and validated.  I have addressed the matter with Metrolinx in writing and throughout all our discussions and have requested that sound barriers be installed to protect our community from the increased noise.

My latest correspondence to Metrolinx was replied to on October 28, 2016.  Metrolinx advised that in "completing their comprehensive noise and vibration assessment" that they have found that "only one location (90 Morningside Avenue) meets the criteria" for possibly investigating if noise barriers are required.  I do not support or agree with this assessment.

After speaking with many residents specifically those who border the project area, the noise they currently experience is very loud, an additional track they feel and I agree will be deafening.

I would urge everyone to visit the noise and vibration impact assessment study found at www.Metrolinx.com/guildwoodpickering to review the study and send your comments to Metrolinx expressing your concerns if you feel that sound barriers are required for the areas that border the Lakeshore East Corridor Expansion line.

I will continue to advocate on your behalf and need your support as the community voice that is directly affected.

Please send your comments to Manuel Pedrosa at Metrolinx, e-mail: manuel.pedrosa@metrolinx.ca, Tel: 416-202-4739 and copy my office at e-mail: councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca  Tel: 416-392-4008 with your correspondence to enable me to know your views on this matter. 


Metrolinx Contact:
Carmen Rapati
Community Relations & Issues Specialist, Strategic Communications
Carmen.Rapati@metrolinx.com
416-202-4719


Letter from City Councillor Paul Ainslie to Metrolinx, concerning noise implications with the Lakeshore East Corridor expansion.


Guildwood GO Station Construction Update

GO Transit Expansion Presentation Meetng #3

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