In December 2017, City Council approved the concepts for the SmartTrack stations as the basis for completing station design work, and authorized the City to act as co-proponents with Metrolinx for, and together commence, the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for the SmartTrack stations. The following station-specific design elements will be considered:

  1. St. Clair-Old Weston SmartTrack station will be coordinated with the ongoing work on the St. Clair Avenue West Transportation Master Plan, and all efforts made to advance aspects of that Master Plan concurrently with the station;
  2. King-Liberty SmartTrack station will include the consideration of strong connections for pedestrians and cyclists directly into Liberty Village, provision for the King High Line crossing and other enhancements to cycling infrastructure in and through the area;
  3. East Harbour SmartTrack station will be fully integrated into the broader Unilever Precinct planning process to support the development of this area as a major employment area;
  4. Gerrard-Carlaw SmartTrack station will include entrances that optimize connections with the planned Relief Line station, other transit lines and the broader station area;
  5. Lawrence-Kennedy SmartTrack station will feature direct access from the Lawrence Avenue overpass, and will allow for the continued operation of Line 3 until the opening of the Scarborough Subway Extension while optimizing connections to areas of potential future development north of Lawrence Avenue; and
  6. Finch-Kennedy SmartTrack station will be integrated with a road-under-rail grade separation being constructed as part of Regional Express Rail, feature direct access from station entrances on Finch Avenue, include new local access roads at the north end of the station to provide for passenger pick up/drop off and consideration of improved access from areas south of the station.

The round of public consultation is planned for mid 2018.

The City and Metrolinx are undertaking a Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) under Ontario Regulation 231/08 to assess the potential environmental effects of each of the new stations. Click here to review the Notice of Commencement.

  • Public and stakeholder consultation will be an important component of this process.
  • Existing environmental conditions will be determined and the significance of specific features will be evaluated.
  • Potential impacts of the project on these features will be identified and documented.
  • Appropriate mitigation measures, monitoring strategies and future studies will be recommended.

Through the TPAP process, the following areas of potential impact will be studied:

  • Natural Environment – Consideration of natural features in the study area, including environmentally sensitive areas and the presence of Species at Risk
  • Socio-Economic Environment – Consideration of socio-economic and key land use features in the study area, including air quality, noise and vibration, potential property impacts, traffic
  • Cultural Environment – Consideration of cultural heritage and archaeological features in the study area, such as buildings, bridges, and other structures

 

Timeline


On-going

  • Station Planning and Design
  • Document Existing Conditions
  • Assessment Potential Impacts

Fall 2017 

  • Public and Stakeholder Consultation
  • City Council authorization to advance

Early 2018 


Mid 2018 (We are here)


Late 2018

  • TPAP Notice of Completion
  • RPP for Procurement