Erik – Moderator 00:00
Hello, everyone, and welcome to Metrolinx and the City of Toronto’s Live Telephone TownHall and Online Meeting. The purpose of today’s TownHall is to consult on the new SmartTrack GO stations in accordance with the transit project assessment process. My name is Erik, and I will be co-moderating the TownHall this evening with Jim Faught. If you are joining us by telephone, you can follow along live on your computer by visiting SmartTrackmeeting.ca. If you are joining us online, you can choose to listen to the event over your computer speakers or by calling into our toll-free number listed on SmartTrackmeeting.ca. Please ensure your computer does have Flash enabled. And if you are having an issue viewing the live presentation window, simply click on the window and press allow if a pop-up appears. During the TownHall this evening, we will provide an update on the work under way, including environmental studies for the SmartTrack GO stations, and you will also have the opportunity to ask a question and provide comments about the project. To get involved and to ask questions, please press three on your phone’s keypad at any time. Once again, if you’re joining us over the phone, simply press three on your phone’s keypad at any time, and someone will take your name and place you in the question queue. If you are viewing the online interface, you can simply type your question into the question chat window online. If you are joining by phone, you can also follow along live online by visiting SmartTrackmeeting.ca. I would like to introduce my co-moderator to start the event, Jim Faught. Jim, currently we have a lot of people joining us right now, so I’m going to hand the event over to you so you can begin the TownHall. Jim, please go ahead.
Jim Faught – Moderator 01:34
Thank you, Erik. Welcome to tonight’s Online TownHall on the new SmartTrack and GO Stations planned for Toronto. My name is Jim Faught from Lura Consulting, a third-party facilitation firm. I will be your moderator for this evening. Tonight’s meeting will focus on two new SmartTrack stations at Gerrard and Carlaw, and East Harbour, and a Spadina-Front GO Station. There will be more– one more town– Online TownHall this week, and that’s tomorrow night. Thursday night we’ll focus on St. Clair-Old Weston, King-Liberty SmartTrack Station, and Bloor-Lansdowne GO Station. We’ll begin tonight’s presentation with a, a, a– and we will have an opportunity to look at the project overview, station design, and environmental findings before we get to your questions. Our presenters this evening are Greg and James. Greg Tokarz is a program manager with the transit implementation unit at the city planning and City of Toronto, provide a brief overview of update on station design work. James Francis is a project manager at environmental programs and assessment at Metrolinx, and he will focus on the transit project assessment process, the environmental assessment, and the environmental findings. We also have with us Scott [inaudible], manager project development coordination strategy and service planner at TTC. At the last public meeting on March 1st at the Lithuanian House, and March 21st at the Queen Alexandra School, the project term– team heard a variety of comments and questions. We heard support for more transit in the community, and proposed a new station. We heard the need for seamless connectivity with other transit services, including the planned Relief Line, planning for new development around stations, including Unilever sites, and Unilever Precinct, and the Rail Deck Park, and how communities will evolve. Concerns about traffic and passenger pick-up and drop-off areas. Construction impact on surrounding residents and local businesses is another item that we heard. And lastly, concerns about impacts from increased train traffic.
Jim Faught – Moderator 03:41
Before I turn it over to Greg for the presentation, a reminder that the call-in number for tonight is 1-800-457-6180, or join the meeting at SmartTrack.to/TownHall. And a reminder, if you’ve just joined us, this Online TownHall Meeting is focused on two new SmartTrack stations at Gerrard-Carlaw and East Harbour, and the new Spadina-Front GO Station. We welcome your questions on these stations. Turn it over to Greg.
Greg Tokarz 04:10
Thanks, Jim. This, uh, slide shows, uh, a map of the proposed SmartTrack and GO stations planned in the City of Toronto. The dark blue line represents the SmartTrack corridor, which runs along the existing Stouffville Lakeshore East add Kitchener GO corridors. The Sta– stations we’ll focus on, for tonight’s meeting, are circled in red. Gerrard-Carlaw and East Harbour S-SmartTrack stations, which are situated on the Lakeshore East and Stouffville Corridor, and the Spadina-Front GO Station on the Barrie Corridor. So what is SmartTrack? The SmartTrack program builds on the Metrolinx regional express rail initiative by making better use of the existing GO network to bring more transit options to communities across Toronto. SmartTrack program will include greater service frequency with train service every 6 to 10 minutes during the peak periods, and 15 minutes off peak. It also includes fare integration, providing seamless connections between local and regional transit. And together, uh, SmartTrack will provide more frequent and affordable transit service to the city. I’m going to turn it over to James now, and he’s going to talk a little bit about the GO expansion program.
James Francis 05:28
Thanks, Greg. So as Greg mentioned, uh, SmartTrack goes off GO transit expansion. And GO transit expansion is the transformation of the existing GO rail system to provide four times the number of trips outside the weekday rush hour, including evenings and weekends. Twice the number of trips during the weekday rush hours, line extensions to new communities, more trains, more tracks, electrified corridors, and new stations, including the three stations that are the focus of our meeting this evening. So these new stations are being planned in accordance with the transit project assessment process, or the TPAP, which is the environmental assessment process for transit projects. The TPAP includes a suite of technical studies to document existing conditions, assess potential impacts of the new stations, and propose mitigation to avoid a reduce impact, and also monitoring to verify the effectiveness of mitigation and help inform adaptive management if required. Drafts of these technical reports, uh, for new SmartTrack stations are now available on our website for review, and the draft technical reports for the SmartTrack stations are also being summarized in an environmental project report, which will be made available for public review. We anticipate that that will be available on July 19th. For the new GO stations on the Barrie Corridor, uh, we anticipate the technical report and the environmental project report addendum will be made available for public review in early August.
James Francis 07:10
This slide shows the TPAP timeline and where we are now. So we’ve conducted two rounds of public meetings. The first round, back in the Fall of 2017, and the second round in Winter 2018. For SmartTrack, we issued our notice of commencement, which officially starts the TPAP process on March 29th, and we anticipate that the notice of completion will be issued within the next month, which will start the 30-day stakeholder and interested party review process. For the new GO stations on the Barrie Corridor, we anticipate issuing our notice of EPR addendum in early August. I’m going to pass it back to Jim.
Jim Faught – Moderator 07:51
Thank you, James. If you just joined us, this Online TownHall Meeting is focused on two new SmartTrack stations at Gerrard-Carlaw and East Harbour, and a new Spadina-Front GO Station. We welcome your questions on the stations, and I’ll turn it back over to Greg to continue on with the presentation.
Greg Tokarz 08:08
Thanks, Jim. Here we, uh, are picturing the Gerrard-Carlaw SmartTrack Station. This station is being planned as a transit hub, the main SmartTrack station entrance. Located at the corner of Gerrard Street and Carlaw Avenue will be a shared entrance with the Relief Line subway station planned at this location. There will also be a connection to the east side of Gerrard underpass. Entrances are also planned at the Carlaw underpass and Pape Avenue. The multiple entrances provide for easy transfers from the 506 Car-Carlton streetcar and the 72 Pape bus. Also included in the station design is a new pedestrian cycling underpass, which would replace the existing bridge that connects Pape Avenue over the Rail Corridor, providing pedestrians and cyclists with better north/south connectivity across the Rail Corridor.
Greg Tokarz 09:11
This slide shows the planned East Harbour SmartTrack Station. The station will be integrated with surrounding development, which is planned to include 50,000 new jobs. It will also be a transit hub together with, uh, a Relief Line subway entrance and the Broadview streetcar extension. The station is situated south of Eastern Avenue on the planned southerly extension of Broadview Avenue. And the platform stands from the Don Valley Parkway in the west to Eastern Avenue in the east. The main station building straddles the future subtle extension of Broadview Avenue, envisions direct connection to the planned Broadview streetcar. There will also be an entrance on the west side of the Don River to serve Corktown, the Don Lands, and the Keating Precinct. Here we’re, uh, uh, showing a plan of the Spadina-Front Station, which is a new GO station on the west side of the downtown corridor with service on the Barrie Corridor. The station is located on the north side of the Union Station Rail Corridor at the southwest corner of the Front Street and Spadina Avenue intersection. The station will have a main entrance at the southwest corner of Front and Spadina, and a secondary entrance along Front Street to the west of Spadina and east of Draper Street. An accessible Wheel-Trans passenger pick-up and drop-off area for the station will be included on the South side of Front Street. There’s potential for an underground path connection to the Well development, a major mixed-use development currently under construction on the north side of Front Street. The station’s being planned for integration with the future Rail Deck Park, which will further facilitate improved station access and overall public room– realm improvements. I’m now going to pass this back to James to talk about the results of the environmental studies.
James Francis 11:12
Thanks, Greg. As mentioned earlier, the TPAP features a suite of technical reports that assess the project. This slide provides an overview of the findings of the natural environment, archaeology and cultural heritage, and socioeconomic and land use reports. Overall, the impacts for this project are typical for this type of construction project. In terms of natural environment, there is potential for impacts to nearby water bodies, such as to the Don River at the East Harbour side. And these impacts will be mitigated, uh, by, by, working above the high-water mark at East Harbour. We don’t have any planned in waterworks. We-we’ll also be implementing a suite of [inaudible] management practices, such as erosion and sediment control measures. In terms of archaeology and cultural heritage, the stage one archaeological assessment has been completed, and in areas where archaeological potential has been identified, a stage two archaeological assessment will be completed.
James Francis 12:14
In terms of cultural heritage at Gerrard and Carlaw, the rail bridges are of local heritage significance, but not [inaudible] heritage significance. And heritage impact assessment is currently under way to identify potential impacts on the heritage attributes of these properties, and mitigation measures to retain cultural heritage value and interest. In terms of the socioeconomic impacts, we anticipate that the stations will both increase access to transit and improve multi-modal connectivity. This next slide describes the result of the noise and vibration, air quality, and traffic and transportation reports. These reports have identified potential nuisance impacts during construction, such as noise, dust, and traffic. Planned mitigation includes managing nighttime construction, developing a construction traffic management plan, which includes working with the TTC, and notifying residents, and also monitoring during construction to inform adaptive management to reduce impacts as required. During operations, noise and vibration levels are not expected to significantly increase from levels experienced today, and air quality is predicted to be within guidance levels.
James Francis 13:36
In terms of traffic, impacts are anticipated to be minimal, and both East Harbour and Gerrard-Carlaw Stations are being planted to integrate with the future Relief Line. Uh, we are also making a future commitment to review cycling and pedestrian infrastructure and connectivity in the vicinity of the station. The TPAP, or transit project assessment process for the new station, also considers climate change in line with MOECC, or Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change guidance, which expects proponents of transit projects to consider both climate and mitigation for the effects of the project on climate change and climate adaptation over the effects of climate change on the project. In terms of mitigation, we’ve looked at the effects the project may have, and how to mitigate these, like compensation for tree removal. In terms of adaptation, we’ve looked at proposed mitigation, such as erosion and sediment control measures and control of storm water, both considering predicted future flows. Lastly, uh, for the new stations, we do anticipate the trees will need to be removed, largely within the Rail Corridor. Currently, we have [inaudible] about 33 trees at East Harbour Station, about 12 trees at Gerrard-Carlaw Station, and about 24 trees at Spadina-Front Station will need to be removed to accommodate the stations, and we will be working to compensate the removal of these trees.
Jim Faught – Moderator 15:09
Thank you, Greg and James. If you would like to provide comments on the project, there are a variety of ways to do that. You can visit the project website at wwwSmartTrack.to, and submit comments using the new interactive social pinpoint map. You can also sign up for email updates, and view all project materials on the website. You may submit email comments by emailing us at email@example.com, or SmartTrack@toronto.ca, or you can call in to the City of Toronto at 416-338-2848, or Metrolinx at 416-202-5586. We would appreciate receiving your comments by this Friday, June 22nd, so they can be included in the environmental project report. Want to re-remind you that if you’ve just joined us, this Online TownHall Meeting is focused on the two new track– new SmartTrack stations at Gerrard-Carlaw and East Harbour, and a new Spadina-Front GO Station. We welcome your questions on these stations and on SmartTrack generally. I’ll now open up to questions, and I’ll turn it over to Erik so that he can let you know how to connect in with your questions.
Erik – Moderator 16:21
Jim, thank you very much for introducing the event, and thank you to James and Greg for the presentation. I quickly want to remind everyone that today, this is the Metrolinx and the City of Toronto’s Telephone TownHall and Online Meeting. We want to get you involved. To get involved and to ask a live question, if you’re viewing it using your telephone, press three on your phone’s keypad at any time. We also want you to know that you can go to– for everyone joining us on the phone tonight, you can go to SmartTrackmeeting.ca right now to follow along with our presentation. So again, the URL is SmartTrackmeeting.ca. You can follow along right now online with our presentation, or if you’re using your touch-tone phone, press three on your phone’s keypad at any time, and someone will take your name and place you in the question queue. We have our first live question coming up. It’s going to be from Louis. Louis, welcome. You’re joining us live. Please go ahead.
Hi there. I was curious about– I think it sounds really wonderful, the project. But just the cost of– say you’re going from the Spadina-Front Station to, um, uh– what’s the– Gerrard and Carlaw, which is [inaudible] film studios. But I was just curious how much the fare would be, like is it going to be cost prohibitive compared to TTC, and how does it work exactly for payment?
Jim Faught – Moderator 17:38
Thank you for that question, Louis. So I’ll turn it over to Greg to provide a response.
Greg Tokarz 17:43
Thanks, Louis. Um, in the Ontario budget of 2018, the province announced that all the– all GO transit trips within Toronto would cost PRESTO card users $3 per trip. Um, and, um, so based on a discounted fare agreement between the city, TTC, and Metrolinx, PRESTO users, um, would pay the $3 dollars, and then transferring to TTC, you would get the TTC fare discounted by $1.50. If you add that to the, the fare– the, the PRESTO fare for the, uh– at Spadina Station, you’ve then got, uh, a total of 4.50 for your trip.
Jim Faught – Moderator 18:27
Thank you, Greg. Okay, Erik. Let’s have another question.
Erik – Moderator 18:31
Well, we do have another question ready to go. This one is going to be from John. The question from, uh, John, who’s joining us live on the phone, John, you’re joining us live. Please go ahead.
Hi there. Um, my question is in regards to how these trains are going to be operated, um, if they’re going to be running by 100% electric, if they’re going to be diesel, or what type of propulsion they’re going to be running under. And the reason why I’m asking this in terms of, um, noise pollution. Um, there is a train, um, that runs east and west along just north of Gerrard, um, where that bridge is at Gerrard Square, and you can hear that train, I mean, three blocks away from that area. You can hear those trains running. And my understanding is these trains are going to be running very frequently, and they are located on the middle of, um, residential areas, high density areas. So, yeah. Have you thought about the noise pollution that’s going to be coming from these trains, and what type of propulsion system are they going to be working under? It’s– is it going to be diesel, it’s going to be 100% electric, or what’s it going to be?
Jim Faught – Moderator 19:48
Thank you for that question, John. And we do get this question a lot, so I’ll turn it over to James from Metrolinx to provide the response to that question.
James Francis 19:56
Great. Yes. And thank you for the question. Uh, and so in terms of when the stations w-will be in place, uh, the, the, timeline for this station coming into service is– lines up very nicely with, with the timeline for electrification. Uh, and so we’re anticipating that the vast majority of service, uh, to all of our new stations in the City of Toronto will be with electric trains. Uh, you did ask a question about 100% electric, and so, uh, we do have in the modeling that’s, that’s part of the SmartTrack stations– and this is– this is detailed in the technical reports, the drafts that are on the website, available for review. Uh, we do have planned occasional [inaudible] service to the east extension of Lakeshore East, after Bowmanville. Uh, this may be electrified in the future, but it wasn’t part of the– of the scope of the– of the initial electrification EA. Uh, on the whole, the vast majority of train service is expected to be electric. Uh, and then in terms of noise impact, our noise assessment indicates, uh, quite, quite, a minimal change from existing noise levels. And we have looked at a specific predicted noise levels and representative receptors, including at, at a whole suite of receptors in residential areas near the stations, and we’re predicting really quite, quite minimal noise changes.
Jim Faught – Moderator 21:12
Thank you, James. Uh, okay, Erik, let’s have another question. There’s more questions coming in from the telephones and from the web. So let’s go to the next question. Erik?
Erik – Moderator 21:21
We have another question ready to go. Now, for everyone joining us on the phone, we want to remind you, you can go to SmartTrackmeeting.ca right now and follow along with our presentation. You can also press three on your phone’s keypad to ask a question live. And if you’re online at SmartTrackmeeting.ca, you can type your question into the question chat window. We have a– and this is an online question. This one’s coming up from Lantic. Uh, he wants to know, “Will this deck be available after the presentation?”
Jim Faught – Moderator 21:49
Very good question, Lantic. Thank you for that, and, uh, we’ll have Jade from the City of Toronto provide a response to that question.
Jade Hoskins 21:56
Hi, Lantic. My name’s Jade Hoskins. I’m with the Public Consultation Unit at the City of Toronto. Yes, the deck will be available after the presentation. It will be online at SmartTrack.to. Um, we’ll also have, uh, this Online TownHall recording available, as well as transcripts. So just visit SmartTrack.to. Um, it should be up early next week.
Jim Faught – Moderator 22:23
And I remind you that you can also go to SmartTrack.to/socialpinpoint to provide comments on any of the environmental assessment, uh, findings, as well as general comments about the stations or about the program. So that’s an important place for you to provide your comments. Uh, while we’re waiting for other questions to come in, we’ve had questions previously about, uh, the Gerrard-Carlaw Station. “What TTC routes will serve this station?” We have Scott from TTC to answer that.
Hey. Thanks, Jim. Yeah. It’s Scott from the TTC. Um, we have two really frequent, busy 24-hour routes right now that serve the intersection of Gerrard and Carlaw. The north/south 72 Pape bus and the east/west 506 Carlaw streetcar. And w-we plan to keep both of those running, much as they are today. Uh, the, the north/south bus would have a, a pretty good connection into the station, uh, from, uh– from, uh, Carlaw South, and then the east/west streetcar would have excellent connections to the station entrances, uh, on both side of, uh, Gerrard Street.
Jim Faught – Moderator 23:22
Thank you, Scott. Sounds like that station will be well served. Let’s toss it back to Erik to have another question from the web or from the phone lines. Erik, back to you.
Erik – Moderator 23:32
Thank you very much, Jim. And again, if you want to ask a live question, you can do so by pushing three on your phone’s keypad, and you can also go to SmartTrackmeeting.ca to follow along with the presentation and ask an online question. We’re going to go to our next– uh, this is another online question. This one is coming up from Susan. Susan wants to know, “What is the timeline for construction and the resulting noise?
Jim Faught – Moderator 23:56
Thank you, Susan, for that question, and that is often asked, uh, “What is the timeline for the construction, and when will this all be ready to ride?” So I’ll turn that over to Greg from the city to respond to you.
Greg Tokarz 24:09
Thanks, Susan. Um, the, uh, construction is expected to begin in 2020, and then it’s expected to be completed, and the stations are anticipated to be open, uh, by 2025. So that’s the construction period, uh, for the Gerrard-Carlaw Station and the Spadina-Front GO Station. East Harbour Station’s on a different timeline. Uh, construction will start in 2019, and the first phase of the station will be open in 2021. And that’s to coincide with the completion of part of the first phase of that large East Harbour development to the south of the station. And the remainder of the station construction will be completed by 2020– 2012 and 2013. And, um, that means that the entire station and all the platforms will be open, um, and, uh– and the station will be operational. Um, w-we won’t have the Broadview streetcar, uh, extension, uh, connection, uh, yet by that date, and, um– and the Relief Line Station is, is planned to be opened in the future, but the station itself will be operational. Um, I’m going to turn it over to James to talk a little bit, because you mentioned noise, um, and, and that’s more of an environmental assessment and cooperation issue. So James from Metrolinx.
James Francis 25:41
Yeah. Thanks, Greg. So in terms of– in terms of construction noise, uh, we have looked at construction activities that we anticipate will be required to build the stations, and those have all been assessed in the technical reports. Uh, so we look at, at a whole suite of construction equipment, and we take what we think is quite a conservative worst-case scenario of construction equipment operating at the outside of the Rail Corridor, loud equipment working at the same time, and predict the noise impacts. Uh, and then in terms of managing those, we expect our contractor to develop a noise and vibration control plan, uh, which will spell out a whole host of measures, uh, to control noise and keep those within, within acceptable levels.
Jim Faught – Moderator 26:22
Okay. Great. Thanks, James and Greg for those. Uh, let’s turn it back over to Erik. We have another question from the web.
Erik – Moderator 26:29
Correct, Jim. And thank you, Susan, for that question. We’re going to go to another question, and this is an online question coming up from Nicholas. Nicholas wants to know, “Could you please repeat the key dates of what is to come, and assuming all of these are achieved, what the planned schedule is for construction?”
Jim Faught – Moderator 26:47
So we’ll repeat that one. Greg will– from the City—
Greg Tokarz 26:49
Jim Faught – Moderator 26:50
— of Toronto will just repeat the construction dates, because it is important to know when construction will start, and when it’s expected to be operational.
Greg Tokarz 26:56
Yes. Um, so again, I-I’ll try to make it a little briefer, because I think I went through it before. But just so y-you know, construction will– it can be expected to begin in 2020, uh, and it’s going to be completed, uh, and the stations open by 2025. Um, that’s for Gerrard-Carlaw and the Spadina, uh, Front GO Station. The East Harbour Station is expected to start construction in 20, uh, 19, and the first phase open in 2021. Um, and the remainder of the station, uh, construction completed by 2012/2013.
Jim Faught – Moderator 27:35
And we’ll turn it over to James just to add a little bit to that.
James Francis 27:39
Right. And, and just in case there is interest in the key dates for the environmental assessment process–
Jim Faught – Moderator 27:44
James Francis 27:45
–uh, we, we are currently in the up to 120-day TPAP period, with notice of completion planned for July 19th. That’s then followed by a 30-day review period by interested, interested parties. Uh, we do welcome your comments at any time on our draft technical reports on the website. Uh, and then also after July 19th, when our environmental project report is available for review, after that 30-day review period, there’s been a 35-day period for the minister of the environment climate change to, to provide notice to proceed. We anticipate the statement of completion in October of this year. So that’s just– that’s just from an environmental assessment perspective.
Jim Faught – Moderator 28:20
Okay. And, uh, Greg, you would like to make a correction on a date there?
Greg Tokarz 28:24
I would. Um, I think I misspoke. Um, rather than, um, 2021, I, I had, um, mentioned, uh, 2012. So, um, the, the, whole station will, uh, uh– construction for the East Harbour Station will be finished in 20, uh, 22, 2023.
Jim Faught – Moderator 28:46
Great. Thanks for that correction. And, uh, I’ll turn it back over to Erik. We have another question from Rob from the web that’s just basically similar, what the date of completion is [inaudible]. So we’ve asked– we’ve answered that question. I see there’s another telephone question coming in, so I’ll turn it over to Erik to introduce that one.
Erik – Moderator 29:02
Well, we do have another live question, and we’ll get to it in just a second. I want to really remind people, everyone joining us on the phone tonight, we want to remind you, you can go to SmartTrackmeeting.ca right now and follow along with our presentation. You can also press three on your phone’s keypad to ask a live question. And if you’re online at SmartTrackmeeting.ca, you can type your question into the question chat window. We now have another live question coming up from Scott. Scott, welcome to the TownHall. You’re joining us live. Please go ahead.
Hi. Uh, you mentioned that the, uh, current pedestrian overpass will be replaced with an underpass for cyclists and pedestrians. Uh, my question is will there also be a bike lane or a bike pass put in, uh, on Pape Avenue, north of the tracks?
Jim Faught – Moderator 29:52
Thank you for that question, Scott. And this is in respect to the Gerrard-Carlaw Station, so I’ll turn it over to Greg from the City of Toronto to answer that question.
Greg Tokarz 29:59
Thanks, Scott. Um, uh, the short answer is no. Um, there, there won’t be a bike lane put in as part of the, uh, station, uh, project, uh, on north of– on Pape. Um, and, um, my understanding is that it, it is not in the, um– in the city cycling plan in the near future, uh, but that is, um– it is a residential street. It’s at that point, and it’s, uh, not that busy. Um, but, uh, you know, we– now that we are, um, building a lot of new transit infrastructure, including, um, six SmartTrack stations and two new GO Stations, and we have, uh, additional subway lands– lines planned, um, we-we’re doing, uh, a review of the, uh, the city’s 10-year cycling plan, and, uh, we will be able to, um, provide, um, uh, information on the new, uh, infrastructure at the stations, which would inform that new plan.
Jim Faught – Moderator 30:59
Thank you, Greg. Turn it back over to Erik. We have another question coming in from the phone lines.
Erik – Moderator 31:05
Thank you, Jim. We have another live question ready to go. Now this one is going to be coming up from Craig. So Craig, you’re joining us live on the line. Please go ahead with your question.
Yes. Good evening. What is the overall cost of this implementation going to– going to be? Uh, is it going to be covered by the provincial government, federal government, municipal? Uh, what’s the deal with that?
Jim Faught – Moderator 31:30
Thank you, Craig. That question is asked a lot, and I think it would be great for, uh, one of our responders here to provide the detailed information about the costing and how that’s going to work. So I’ll turn it over to Greg, uh, from the city to talk about the, uh, SmartTrack costing from the city perspective.
Greg Tokarz 31:47
Um, thanks, uh, Craig. Um, uh, uh, city council just, um, decided last, uh, um– at the last, uh, Ap– sorry. The April coun– uh, council meeting to approve the contribution for the SmartTrack station. It’s being funded a hundred perc-percent, um, by the city. Uh, the total cost is 1.463 billion, and that is, uh– includes 1.195 billion for the base station infrastructure. And that’s thing that GO Transit will need and Metrolinx will need to operate the station. Uh, and then, an additional 268, uh, million for wh-what we call city-initiated station requirements. And these are all the extra things we need to connect the station to the surrounding community. Uh, that will be things like, um, uh, additional, uh, station entrances, because in an urban context. Um, it will also include, uh, bicycle, uh, infrastructure, [inaudible] paths, and, uh, improved, uh, pedestrian infrastructure, public realm, uh, components. And, uh, so that’s, that’s what’s in the, uh, initial– or sorry. City-initiated station requirements. So these are, are based on estimates so far, but that’s wh-wh– we have that approved. Um, as far as funding sources, um, there’s a number of ways the city is going to, um, uh, fund this. Uh, the number one, uh, source of funding is, is tax increment financing, and that’s a way of taking incremental tax revenues from, uh– from, uh, th-the surrounding area, um, that are– that are actually stimulated, uh, by the existence of the, the SmartTrack station. And then that incremental amount can be used t-to fund the capital cost.
Greg Tokarz 33:48
Um, the other thing is development charges, which is quite common for funding transit. And then, uh, we also have a city building fund, which has funded it for things like, um, transit stations. Um, there is, uh, uh, provincial funding, uh, through, um, uh– as part of that, that, um, fu– uh, pod of funding as well.
Jim Faught – Moderator 34:16
Thank you, Greg. Uh, over to Erik for another question.
Erik – Moderator 34:20
Thank you, Jim. We have another online question. Just before we get to it, for everyone joining us, we want to remind you that you can ask a question by pressing three on your phone’s keypad if you’re listening using your touch tone telephone. If you’re online at SmartTrackmeeting.ca, you can type your question into the question chat window. Our next online question is coming from Susan. And Susan wants to know, “Does the construction timeline include track work for electrification in adding a fourth track?
Jim Faught – Moderator 34:50
Thank you for that question. A very good question, uh, Susan. And we’ll turn it over to Andre from Metrolinx to answer that question.
James Francis 34:57
Hi. Yes. The completion date of 2025 includes the electrification and the fourth track, although that will be constructed under a, a separate contract from the SmartTrack stations.
Jim Faught – Moderator 35:11
So that’s for GO expansion.
James Francis 35:13
Jim Faught – Moderator 35:14
Great. Thank you. Okay, Erik. Let’s turn it over to another question.
Erik – Moderator 35:18
We do have another online question. This one is going to be from Harry. Uh, Harry wants to know, “Can passengers from Spadina-Front Station board onto the SmartTrack, or are these two separate–” uh, sorry. “Are these two, uh, two lines separate?”
Jim Faught – Moderator 35:34
That’s a very good question about the operational aspect and what’s going to happen at Spadina-Front Station, and, and where you can board the, uh– the train. So we’ll turn it over to Greg to answer that one.
Greg Tokarz 35:46
Um, thanks. Um, the Spadina, um, Front GO station is on the, um, Barrie, uh Corridor, and so, um, because of the agreement on, um, the $3 fare, a-at all GO stations in Toronto, you would then be able to transfer to, to other lines, um, and because you’re– once around the GO– you’re on the GO sta– uh, system. Um, however, it, it is on the Barrie Line, and the other SmartTrack stations are on the Lakeshore East, Stouffville, and Kitchener line, so you would have to do a transfer.
Jim Faught – Moderator 36:30
Thank you, Greg. And, uh, just before we move onto the next question, I’d just like to remind everyone that this, uh, Online TownHall is on the new SmartTrack and GO Stations planned for Toronto. And the TownHall meeting tonight is focused on the two new SmartTrack stations at Gerrard-Carlaw and East Harbour and a new Spadina-Front GO Station. We welcome your questions on these stations. So I’ll turn it back over to Erik for the next question.
Erik – Moderator 36:55
Jim, thank you again. And just so everyone knows how you can ask a live question, if you’re joining us on the phone, you can press three on your phone’s keypad at any time, and someone will take your name and place you in the question queue. If you’re online at SmartTrackmeeting.ca, you can type your question into the question chat window. We now have another live question. This one’s coming up from Duncan. Duncan, please, you’re joining us live. GO ahead with your question.
Thank you very much. Uh, if I could just have some clarification please. I’m a little confused as to the two terms Metrolinx and SmartTrack. If somebody could give a concise definition of those two terms, I’d appreciate it.
Jim Faught – Moderator 37:33
That’s a great question, Duncan. Thank you for that. A-and I think we should start with who is Metrolinx, and then talk about, uh, SmartTrack. So, uh, for Metrolinx, I-I’ll turn it over to James just to say who is Metrolinx, and then we’ll talk about what is the definition of SmartTrack.
James Francis 37:46
Uh, it’s, it’s a great question. And so Metrolinx is the prudential transit planning, uh, agency. And so we work on– we work on planning projects, and also constructing and operating transit, uh, through the greater Toronto and Hamilton area. And in terms of SmartTrack, SmartTrack is one of– one of the projects that we’re working on, uh, in collaboration with the City of Toronto and the TTC. Uh, I’ll pass it to Greg to elaborate a bit more on, on SmartTrack.
Greg Tokarz 38:11
Um, thanks. Um, yeah, there’s, there’s a number of, uh, um, components that make up, uh, SmartTrack, and um, I, I, I understand– we didn’t have a really detailed, uh, slide on that in the presentation, although we did in some previous, uh, consultations. Um, so, um, as we’re talking about today, um, one of the, the main features of SmartTrack, uh, is the, uh, six new, um, stations in Toronto on the SmartTrack– what we call the SmartTrack, um, corridor. And, um, these are our new stations that are being built, designed to be um, urban. Toronto stations are, are a little bit different from suburban GO Stations. And so this is to provide more, um, access to the– to the GO system for Toronto residents. The second thing is we’re taking advantage of, uh, the GO, uh, expansion, um, which is, uh, more frequent service, electric trains, um, and that means that when you get onto a SmartTrack station or, uh, one of the other GO Stations, um, you’ll be get on, on the GO, GO, uh, Train, and that would have fairly frequent service to any other station. Um, and the other thing is, uh, fair integration. So, um, you heard the answer about– I hope, about the, um, the– how the fares will work. Um, there’s a, a discounted fare agreement, which will– which will mean that, um, there’s, uh, a discount when you transfer from the TTC to go, and then, uh, there will also be, um, uh, within Toronto, $3– a $3 fare to any GO station, uh, in the city. So that, that is a little complicated, but that is the Smart– that’s SmartTrack. Uh, it’s more than just the stations. Um, and I hope that, uh– hope that answers it for you.
Jim Faught – Moderator 40:15
Thank you, Duncan, for the question. Thank you, James and Greg for answering that. Uh, we have another question that’s coming in from, uh, an earlier set of consultations about the Gerrard-Carlaw Station. And this question is for Scott from TTC. “Where will Wheel-Trans serve this station, the Gerrard Carlisle station?” So I’ll turn over to Scott from TTC.
Thanks. Thanks, Jim. In fact, at all of these stations, there’s going to be, uh, very big connections between the TTC Wheel-Trans service a-and the new stations. At Gerrard-Carlaw, we are expecting that there’ll be a lay-by for Wheel-Trans buses, uh, on Carlaw, just north of Gerrard. A-and then at many of the other stations, there’ll actually be dedicated driveways and small little lay-bys, uh, for accessible service and Wheel-Trans only to get to the stations. And the idea is that every one of these stations will have a good [inaudible] access from a Wheel-Trans, uh, right to the train platform.
Jim Faught – Moderator 41:12
Thank you, Scott. That’s a good explanation about what’s happening with Wheel-Trans. So I’ll turn it back over to Erik for the next question from the web or from the phone line.
Erik – Moderator 41:20
Thank you very much, Jim. We have a web question coming up. Again, for everyone joining us online at SmartTrackmeeting.ca, you can type your question into the question chat window. You can also press three on your phone’s keypad if you’re listening over the telephone. We’re going to go to another online question. This one is from Bob, and Bob wants to know, “For the Gerrard and Carlaw Station, are there going to be any residents’ houses that are going to be destroyed or torn down?”
Jim Faught – Moderator 41:46
Thank you, Bob, for that question. I’m going to turn this over to Kevin Rachman from Metrolinx. He’s the Director of Property Acquisition, so he’ll respond to that question.
Kevin Rachman 41:54
Uh, thanks for the question, Bob. For the Gerrard-Carlaw Station, the property that is required currently does not include any residential homes or any, uh, businesses that have tenancies above, uh, which is quite common in that area. And in fact, for all three stations – we just got some today – there are no residential, uh, acquisitions planned. Uh, that is a first principle that we try to apply, uh, wherever we can to avoid, uh, residential acquisitions and the demolition of, of, residential, uh, homes and tenancies.
Jim Faught – Moderator 42:29
Thank you for the question, Bob, and thank you for your response. We have another question that has come in earlier from, uh, some residents, and, “What will be done to minimize construction impacts on local residents?” Uh, this is a big question, and it’s often heard at many of our TownHall meetings. So I’ll turn it over to James and Shannon to answer that.
James Francis 42:51
Yes, and this, uh– thanks, Jim. This is a question that we’ve– that we’ve received a few times. Uh, and so, uh, in the environmental assessment process, we do look at both construction impacts and operational impacts. So all of our technical studies, which are– which are available for review on our website, uh, they get into construction impacts in, in great detail, and they also outline mitigation measures and monitoring activities, uh, to, t-to reduce construction impacts. Broadly, we’re working t-to mitigate to reduce dust, noise, vibration, and traffic, uh, by implementing a variety of measures. For example, we’re going to, to work to limit nighttime construction to the extent that we can, while also balancing the need for an expedient– an expedient schedule. Uh, we’re going t-to work to minimize any visual impacts, for example, by, by, by, screening, uh, enclosures. Uh, we’re going to be developing a construction traffic management plan, and we’ll be implementing a, a whole host of measures t-to control, uh, air quality, and dust, and, and noise, and vibration.
Jim Faught – Moderator 43:51
Shannon, do you have anything to add to that? No? Great. Thank you, uh, James, for that response. I’ll turn it back over to Erik for a question coming in off the web.
Erik – Moderator 44:01
Thank you very much, Jim. We do have another online question. This one is going to be coming up from Paul. Now, Paul has a fare question. He wants to know, “If you take, uh, the Pape bus to Gerrard and then on TTC at Front, will you have to pay $1.50 twice for TTC and $3 for SmartTrack?”
Jim Faught – Moderator 44:21
The question is about, uh, how the fare payment system works. I’ll turn it over to Scott from TTC the answer to that.
So at, at the TTC, we’ve always had a policy where if you board the TTC and pay a fare, and then transfer to GO, and then when you get where you’re going there, transfer again to the TTC, you only pay one TTC fare. We call it TTC times two, and that’s been a policy for a long time. So you would only pay the one TTC fare for a combined trip that involves TTC, then GO, then TTC.
Jim Faught – Moderator 44:50
Thank you. That’s very clear. Thank you for that. Turn it back over to Erik for another question.
Erik – Moderator 44:55
We have another online question. This is coming up from Kath. Uh, Kath wants to know, “What is the projected length of time for this project? Will all stations be under construction at the same time, or one at a time?”
Jim Faught – Moderator 45:09
Thank you, Kath, for that question. We covered it a little bit earlier, but we’ll go over it again what the, uh, project timeline is like. But, uh, the question about, “Will all stations be, uh, at, uh, construction at the same time or not, that has not been asked. So we’ll certainly cover that question, and we’ll turn it over to Andre from Metrolinx to cover that question.
Yes. It’s anticipated that all the stations will be, uh, in, uh, some phase of construction at the same time. Uh, as mentioned earlier, East Harbour is anticipated to start a little bit ear-earlier than the other stations in 2019 with an earlier completion– partial completion 2021 and 2022. And the other stations targeting to be completed by the end of 2024. But, um, yes. The, uh– we expect them to be all under construction at the same time.
Jim Faught – Moderator 45:57
Thank you for that response, Andre. And we’ll turn it over to Erik for another question coming in from the telephone lines or the web. This is an– a live question. And again, for everyone joining us, press three on your phone’s keypad if you’d like to ask a live question. If you’re online at SmartTrackmeeting.ca, you can type your question into the question chat window. This one’s going to be coming up for Dariah, or Dariah. Dariah, welcome to the TownHall. You’re joining us live.
Thank you. Um, my question has already been answered a couple of times, which is, uh, the timing of the construction of, uh, the, uh, the project on, like, Gerard and Carlaw. Um, I have another question, um, which is, um, I’ve– I can’t see a map, because I’m just, uh, on the phone, but, uh, will that station, um, take over, um, like all of the– like that plaza at, uh, Carlaw and Gerrard and also Gerrard Square? Just wondering what the, uh extent of, uh– of, of, of that, that station will be?
Jim Faught – Moderator 47:02
So thank you Dariah, for that question, uh, about, um, the Gerrard-Carlaw Station, and sort of th-the footprint of that station. So I’ll turn it over to Greg to answer, sort of, “What is the footprint for that station, and, uh, will it be taking over any part of the plaza that you know of at this time?”
Greg Tokarz 47:17
Yeah. As far as the station design goes, um, the, um– the station– main station building will be on the corner of, um, Gerrard and Carlaw. It won’t, um– it won’t take over, um, uh, the, uh– the plaza. Um, and then, it– there will be a tunnel under the, um, Gerrard underpass, and then there will be another station entrance on the other side of the underpass. Um, so I-I– we’re, we’re trying to minimize the footprint of, of that– those, um– those entrances. I’m going to turn it over to Kevin, um, because he is– uh, he can tell you about, um, any property acquisitions, a-and how that’s going to work.
Jim Faught – Moderator 48:04
Introduce yourself, Kevin.
Kevin Rachman 48:07
Hi, Dariah, it’s, uh, Kevin Rachman, and I’m the Director of Property Acquisitions for Metrolinx, uh, and we are, uh, undertaking acquisitions on behalf of the city for the SmartTrack stations and for the GO Stations, uh, for ourselves. Uh, for the, uh, Gerrard-Carlaw Station, it’s correct that the station building itself, uh, will not overtake, uh, elements of the plaza. However, to construct a rail station, we do need staging lands. And we’re currently assessing what the best, uh, properties are from a, um– an access point-of-view, uh, where we won’t have trucks, or the fewest possible trucks mixing with the traffic, and lo– all loading and offloading materials. So there is potential for us to impact that plaza on a temporary basis, uh, but before, uh, we discuss that publicly, it’s something that we would discuss privately with that land owner first. Uh, so on a permanent basis, uh, the, the, this– the site or the plaza would, uh, remain, uh, in the hands of its current owner.
Jim Faught – Moderator 49:17
Thank you for that, uh, Dariah, and also for the response. We’re going to go to another question that we’ve received previously from our consultation, and it’s, uh, about the East Harbour Station. The brand new East Harbour Station. “Can the station design handle an increase in TTC service in the future?” I’ll turn it over to Scott to respond to that.
Thanks, Jim. Uh, yeah. Th-there’s going to be a, a lot of service and a lot of customers at that East Harbour site. Uh, so in addition to the GO Station, uh, there is a plan to have, uh, a new extension on Broadview Avenue running right through the site. And working with the city, we are planning to introduce a new streetcar service on Broadview, running north/south. Uh, it would run right past, uh, both the new East Harbour Station and all the de-development around there. W-w-we’re sort of penciling in some fairly large platforms, uh, uh, big enough each of them to hold, uh, two, two streetcars, and all the customers of two streetcars. So there will be a lot of capacity there on the [inaudible] streetcar to get people there. In addition to that, there’s also the plans for, uh, an east/west, uh, subway through the site, the Relief Line, and that would have a station just north of that site. So between the Relief Line subway and the Broadview streetcars, and the GO Station, um, th-there will be a lot of service there and a lot of capacity to add service in the future.
Jim Faught – Moderator 50:30
Thank you for that, uh, Scott. And, uh, back to Erik. We have another question coming in.
Erik – Moderator 50:37
We do, Jim. We have another live question. Again, press three on your phone’s keypad if you’d like to ask a live question, or if you’re online at Smarttrackmeeting.ca, you can type your question into the question chat window. We’re going to go now to Harold. Harold, welcome. You’re joining us live. Please go ahead.
Hi there. Uh, my question is concerning the use of public transit by blind and visually impaired people. I’ve known many people– blind people who have fallen off the subway pl-platforms, a-and the regular TTC subway services. I am one of those. So hope– thankfully I survived, but I’ve known other people that have died being under a train, because they have no safety features to keep them from falling off the edge of the platforms. And what, what do they do about safety matters when it comes to disabled or blind people using the public transit systems?
Jim Faught – Moderator 51:34
Thank you, Harold. That’s a very important question, and I’ll turn it over to Scott from TTC to respond.
Hi, Harold, I-I-I’m sorry to hear of wh-what you mentioned there. Tha-that’s certainly very upsetting. Uh, at the TTC, we-we’ve made a lot of improvements in recent decades when it comes to accessibility for people using transit, both those with visual problems, but also those who have other mobility i-issues and difficulties. Um, we’ve introduced the things like the, the very wide, yellow, uh, safety tactile strip at the edge of the subway platforms. We’ve introduced, uh, additional way finding along platforms, particularly along our island platforms, where we have, uh, cane detectable, uh, tiles down the middle of the platform. Uh, we-we’ve improved signage and we’ve improved lighting in some cases, and we’re even trialing out right now at St. Clair Station a, a, a, sort of an electronic system, which allows people to follow along, uh, using, uh, Bluetooth beacons, uh, to let them know of important points in the station. So it is something that we do keep working on. Uh, we’re always looking for best practice in the industry, and we do consult quite expensively with our, uh, advisory committee on accessible transportation. Uh, so I encourage you t-to get in touch with, with a [inaudible] at advisory committee if you want more information about the, the sort of accessibility things that we’re doing. I, I know GO as well, uh, do a lot of that, that work as well. We-we-we’ve shared ideas with them, and so there-there’s lots of good b-best practice in the trauma area on that.
Jim Faught – Moderator 52:55
So we also have someone else from Metrolinx to help respond to that question. GO ahead and introduce yourself.
Speaker from Metrolinx 52:59
Uh, so I’m [inaudible] from Metrolinx. Uh, at Metrolinx we echo the accessibility concerns as well. We’ve done a lot of work, uh, with, uh, platform edge tiles as well, which identifies the, uh, edge of platforms, and which are introduced consistently to our network at the moment, and will be on every single new station. Um, you can, uh– uh, we have also done work on lighting, on way finding, on, um– and on platforms we have a station, uh, a designated waiting area where, uh– where further support is available. You can also contact GO transit for further support at any point.
Jim Faught – Moderator 53:47
Thank you, Harold, for that important question. And if you also like to provide further feedback on this, on any of the SmartTrack stations, you can go to SmartTrack.to/socialpinpoint. So speaking of social pinpoint, we do have a question coming in that’s online from social pinpoint. So people are already starting to put their comments through that, uh, software. And this question is, “What does the space to archaeological assessment involve?” I’ll turn that over to James from Metrolinx to answer.
James Francis 54:15
Okay. Thanks. Thanks, Jim. Uh, so archaeological assessments are, are completed in numbered stages with the first stage being stage one. Uh, so as, as part of– as part of the TPAP, we’ve completed stage one for each of the new stations. Those are available in draft on our website. And in the stage one, uh, we look at the historical context around each of the stations, archaeological assessments that have been completed in the area, uh, indicators from physiography, typography, uh, th-that might indicate that there’s– that there’s potential for artifacts, and identified areas of archaeological potential. In the stage two, we then go out to those areas of archaeological potential, and, uh, and actually get digging in the ground. So we, we, we, dig test pits. They’re excavated manually. Uh, so we have staff out there in the field. And they screen the soil through mesh, and if any artifacts are identified, we then– we then work to, uh, to further identify those artifacts. Uh, based on the findings of the stage two, the stage two either covers off all the archaeological work that’s required, or identifies the need for, for further work, with the next stage be-being a stage three, and then past that is a stage four.
Jim Faught – Moderator 55:23
Great. Thank you, James. We have another question that’s coming in previously about, “What is the status of Rail Deck park?” And that’s, of course, associated with the Spadina GO Station. The connection there is described in the slide deck. I’ll turn it over to David from the city to respond to that. David, please introduce yourself.
David Brutto 55:40
Uh, so I’m David Brutto with the City Planning and the Transit Imple-implementation units with the city, and that’s a great question. So last year’s city staff received direction from council, uh, late, late in the Fall to proceed with resolving design, technical, uh, financial, and real estate issues associated with Rail Deck Park. So we’re currently working on, uh, resolving those items, including working on integrating the Rail Deck Park with the new GO Station. And city staff– city staff is going to report to council on this work in 2019.
Jim Faught – Moderator 56:14
Thank you for that. Uh, a previous question that we’ve received is, uh, “What are some mitigation measures to reduce the amount of dust in the air during construction?” And dust, and noise, and vibrations are always construction concerns, so we’ll turn it over to James to respond to what you– uh, what’s going to happen during construction as far as the dust.
James Francis 56:35
So in terms of dust, we’ll be– we’ll be looking to our– to our contractor to develop an air quality management plan. And the air quality management plan will spell out, uh, specifics, in terms of mitigation measures that they’ll be implementing. And, uh, we expect them t-to implement a whole– a whole host of, of, of, best management practices, including dust suppression measures, best application of water, or non-chloride chemical dust suppressants, where, where water is not appropriate. Uh, you know, we loo– we look for, for our constructors to use dump trucks with retractable covers. Uh, we expect washing of equipment and use of mud masks at the construction site exit to limit the migration of soil off site, the soil that can then dry out and, and create dust. Uh, we look for materials to be stockpiled in locations that are less exposed to wind, or, or, or, to have barriers erected, uh, like wind fences t-to reduce wind effects, and also away from residences. We implement speed limits on our site t-to reduce– to reduce dust. Uh, and then in terms of as we’re– as we’re approaching post-construction, we work to stabilize any exposed soil, uh, as soon as we can, uh, for example, by, by vegetating o-o-or placing rocks. Uh, and we also– we also monitor wind conditions during construction, and so we work to minimize any dust-generating activities, uh, during periods of high winds.
Jim Faught – Moderator 57:49
Thank you, James. I’ll turn it back over to Erik for another question coming in, uh, on the telephone or web.
Erik – Moderator 57:56
Jim, thank you very much. We actually do have another live question. This one’s going to be coming up from Heather. Heather, you’re joining us live on the line on the TownHall this evening. Please go ahead with you question.
Hi. Yes. Um, I don’t have access to a computer to see th-the, um presentation, but I was wondering, uh, where exactly is the station going to be, because there’s four, uh, corners there, again, in Gerrard, and you’ve already stated that you won’t be demolishing any houses, and you have minimal impact on the plaza there where there’s, um, a food store. So– and the other one is a restaurant plaza, so I-I’m confused as to where this is actually going to go.
Jim Faught – Moderator 58:42
Thank you, Heather. That’s a very good question for especially for those folks on the pho– on the phone line who are not able to see the maps. And if you are able to get to a computer, you’ll be able to see this presentation and the maps and, uh– at SmartTrack.to. But I’ll turn it over to Greg to sort of visually describe, uh, the, the station at Gerrard-Carlaw.
Greg Tokarz 59:03
Okay. Well, um, thanks for that, uh, Heather. Um, yeah. If you don’t have the– if you don’t have the map available, uh, I understand it could be a little bit, uh, confusing, so I’ll try and be, uh, more specific. Um, so the main entrance for the, um, Gerrard-Carlaw SmartTrack Station will be on the northeast corner of, uh, Gerrard and Carlaw. So that is between the Rail Corridor and, um, the beginning of the Riverdale Plaza, which– a-and the No Frills building, if you know that corner. Um, there will be a tunnel that goes under the Rail Corridor to the east, and then there will be a secondary building entrance, um, that will be, uh, in the corner of, um, on Carlaw, in, in the corner of that sort of triangle. Because the Rail Corridor goes at a– at an angle, and that to the– to the right of that is an LCBO and a bunch of smaller stores. So that’s the second entrance. Um, south, um, of Gerrard and west of Carlaw there’s a park, and right in the corner of that park, up against, um, um– up against Carlaw, there, uh, is going to be, uh, uh, an entrance as well, a-and that’s where you would, uh, transfer from, uh, the streetcar. And then there’s also, um, one on the other side of the Rail Corridor, further down Carlaw, and that’s– that would be, um, a potential, I guess, for, uh, future bus transfers. And, uh, uh, there’s a lot of new development down to the south on Carlaw, and people could access the station from there. Um, the other two entrances at, at Pape, um, they’re right in the corner, uh, of, uh, the Pape where the pedestrian bridge is now, and we will be putting in a, a, a, cycling and pedestrian underpass in place of that bridge. And then there will be entrances, uh, in that location as well.
Jim Faught – Moderator 61:12
Thank you, Greg. And, uh, I remind you, you can go to SmartTrack.to to look at all the project materials, including the station maps of what’s on there. Turn over to Erik. We have another question coming in.
Erik – Moderator 61:23
We do. This is a live question. It’s going to be coming up from Anna. Anna, welcome. You’re joining us live. Please go ahead with your question.
Hello. Yes. Um, I got partial answers just now from Heather, but I also was, um, wondering are there three proposed sites for three separate, uh, Metrolinx Stations? And I– Is there one at Broadview, one at Carlaw, and where would the third be?
Greg Tokarz 61:53
Okay. Um, the first one, uh, we discussed. It’s at th-the ag– um, Carlaw–
Unknown Speaker 62:02
Greg Tokarz 62:02
And Gerrard. Excuse me [laughter]. Carlaw and Gerrard, and–
Unknown Speaker 62:07
Greg Tokarz 62:08
–the second one that we dis–
Unknown Speaker 62:12
Greg Tokarz 62:13
The second one will be, uh, East Harbour, and that will be, um– if you– if you’re at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Broadview Avenue, um, Broadview doesn’t go south of Eastern right now, but there will be an extension of, uh, Broadview Avenue to the south, and where Broadview Avenue intersects with the Rail Corridor, which you can see from that corner, there will– that’s where the station will be on Broadview Avenue. Um, and, um, the Spadina GO Station is at the, uh– Spadina-Front GO Station is at the corner of Spadina and Front Street, so the south, um, west corner. Is that clear?
Jim Faught – Moderator 63:01
I think that answered it pretty well. So it’s, uh, time to wrap up the call. So, uh, it’s now– I’ll just turn it over to Erik just to sort of start the wrap-up, and then I’ll concede.
Erik – Moderator 63:10
Well, Jim, thank you very much for passing it over to me. We’re just about reaching the end of the Telephone TownHall and Online Meeting. Jim, did you or any of the panel members have any closing thoughts or remarks as we close out the evening?
Jim Faught – Moderator 63:23
I certainly do. I want to certainly remind people– thank you very much for joining us tonight and asking those questions. Uh, you can visit the project website at SmartTrack.to just to make your comments, and you can use the new interactive social pinpoint map to provide comments on any of the environmental assessment aspects or on any part of the projects. You can sign up for emails and view all of project materials at that website, SmartTrack.to. You may submit emails, uh, comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or at SmartTrack@toronto.ca. You can call the city, and if you don’t have a computer, you can call the city and leave a voicemail message and, uh, comments on this project at 416-338-2848, or you can call Metrolinx at 416-202-5586. We would appreciate receiving comments by this Friday, June 22nd, so they can be included in environmental projects reports. And thank you very much for the over 3,000 people who joined us tonight, and over 50 questions that came into the website and through the phone line. I’ll turn it back over to Erik just to close up the call.
Erik – Moderator 64:34
Thank you, Jim, and thank you to everyone for joining us this evening. Again, there are a variety of ways that you can provide us with your input on the project. You can visit the project website, which is www.SmartTrack.to/socialpinpoint, and submit comments using the new interactive maps. You can also sign up for email updates and view all project materials on the website, SmartTrack.to. You can submit email comments by emailing us at email@example.com or SmartTrack@toronto.ca. Lastly, you can call us at the City of Toronto, 416-338-2848, or at Metrolinx, 416-202-5586. Thanks again to everyone for listening and participating, and have a great night.