News Release: June 10, 2015
City of Toronto, Metrolinx and the TTC hosting joint transit information sessions
The City of Toronto, Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are working together on multiple, related transit planning initiatives to bring more transit to neighbourhoods across the city and region.
These transit planning initiatives include the GO Regional Express Rail (RER), SmartTrack (including the Eglinton West Corridor), the Scarborough Subway Extension and the Relief Line. Together, these major transit planning initiatives and studies will help improve the transit network in Toronto and integrate connections between existing transit lines and future projects across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.
Toronto's City Planning Division, Metrolinx and the TTC will host joint public information sessions on these transit planning initiatives. The public information sessions will be held across the city from June 13 to 25. The same information about each transit project will be available at all events, with prominence given to the project(s) of most significance to the local community.
The following public information sessions will be held in the following sequence starting June 13:
• Saturday, June 13, Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute, 500 The East Mall, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Monday, June 15, Estonian House, 958 Broadview Avenue, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 17, Spring Garden Baptist Church, 112 Spring Garden Avenue, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
• Thursday, June 18, Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School, 99 Humber Boulevard South, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
• Saturday, June 20, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 370 King Street West, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Monday, June 22, Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute, 2239 Lawrence Avenue East, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 24, Scarborough Civic Centre, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
• Thursday, June 25, Riverdale Collegiate Institute, 1094 Gerrard Street East, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Further coordinated consultation will take place in September of this year, including consultation with the City of Mississauga, Region of Peel, City of Markham and Region of York.
The City and the TTC will present recommendations to the TTC Board and City Council on SmartTrack (including the Eglinton West Corridor), the Scarborough Subway Extension and the Relief Line in the fall of this year.
About SmartTrack, including the Eglinton West corridor The SmartTrack concept builds on the provincial GO Regional Express Rail initiative. It proposes a 53-kilometre, all-day, two-way, frequent service operating within two GO Rail corridors (Kitchener and Stouffville/Lakeshore East) and a new heavy rail corridor to the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre.
The City is working with the TTC and Metrolinx to undertake a feasibility review of options to connect SmartTrack from Mount Dennis station to the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre.
Current consultation for SmartTrack focuses on receiving input on the conceptual alignments within each of the three options.
About the Scarborough Subway Extension
The City of Toronto, together with the TTC, is planning an extension of the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2) from Kennedy Station to Sheppard Avenue East. The Scarborough Subway Extension will replace the aging Scarborough RT and allow for a seamless journey for transit users by eliminating the need to transfer at Kennedy Station.
Current consultation for the Scarborough Subway Extension focuses on the preliminary evaluation of potential corridors and the potential alignments and station concepts within shortlisted potential corridors.
About the Relief Line
The City of Toronto, together with the TTC, is studying a new subway line to connect the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway downtown to the Bloor-Danforth Subway east of the Don River. This line would relieve crowding on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway (Line 1), at the Yonge-Bloor subway station and on the surface transit routes coming in and out of downtown.
Current consultation for the Relief Line focuses on the results of the evaluation of potential station areas and potential corridors.
More information about each of these transit initiatives is available at http://www.toronto.ca/transitTO.
This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1KWkvU2
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