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Barrie GO Line Expansion Virtual Open House: Barrie Double Track Enabling Work

Learn about the latest updates on the Barrie Double Track Enabling Work project by downloading the presentation and submit your questions below.

 

 

 

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Anonymous's avatar

Provisions are in place for a pedestrian and cycling overpass of the rail corridor at the south end of Downsview Park that will connect the Ancaster and Stanley Greene communities; provide access to recreation, transit and local business. This is a win-win situation that Metrolinx can demonstrate visionary leadership and help to achieve. It is about safety, equity, accessibility and connectivity - the basics of Metrolinx's values. Can the residents of these communities count on Metrolinx to work with the City to make the overpass a reality?

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Metrolinx
Jun 4, 2021 - 13:17

Metrolinx is only funded to build and deliver transit projects. Although not included in the scope of this project, we are happy to work with the City of Toronto and other community groups in the future to incorporate public amenities into the design such as an overpass, should the City of Toronto make the request and fund such facilities.

Anonymous's avatar

Specifically, it would be good to incorporate other designs that are more visually permeable, similar to those along the west toronto rail path, at the terminus of east-west streets or over / underpasses.

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Metrolinx
Jun 4, 2021 - 13:20

Metrolinx is currently undertaking a comprehensive update to noise wall standards across the GO network. We have learned a number of important lessons dealing with noise walls on projects across the entire network and have begun the process of updating the noise wall guidelines. 

Anonymous's avatar
May 30, 2021 - 19:24

The community in zone 6 should have a say on where the replacement trees will be planted. Your video says "trees removed within the rail corridor will be replaced through a compensation program with trees being planted outside of the project area within the City of Toronto." We want the compensation to be spent on trees and shrubs in zone 6, not outside of the area. Especially since you are using Murray Road as your laydown area. Our Councillor James Pasternak can be reached at [email protected]

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Metrolinx
Jun 4, 2021 - 13:23

Metrolinx will work with the City and the Conservation Authority to plant trees as close as possible to the area of removal. Metrolinx is committed to replanting where possible in the same municipality, and at minimum within the same watershed. 

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Anonymous
May 26, 2021 - 14:58

I fully agree with the question below. Can Metrolinx install attractive noise walls?

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Metrolinx
Jun 4, 2021 - 13:20

Metrolinx is currently undertaking a comprehensive update to noise wall standards across the GO network. We have learned a number of important lessons dealing with noise walls on projects across the entire network and have begun the process of updating the noise wall guidelines

Anonymous's avatar
May 30, 2021 - 21:25

I echo the sentiments of the other comment. We need access across the rail line to connect the communities for cycling and pedestrian access.
A bridge or tunnel would be ideal, but if not possible, how about a level crossing? A simple level crossing the same way that roads all over have level crossings. You're already doing construction...a level crossing would be an easy and relatively inexpensive fix until the bridge is built.

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Metrolinx
Jun 4, 2021 - 13:25

Metrolinx is only funded to build and deliver transit projects. Although not included in the scope of this project, we are happy to work with the City of Toronto and other community groups in the future to incorporate public amenities into the design such as an overpass, should the City of Toronto make the request and fund such facilities.

Anonymous's avatar

Regarding trees:
The area of "Zone 6" is considered as part of Downsview. If there are trees to be "removed within the rail corridor" and be "replaced", those trees should be replanted within the same zone and area.

Regarding accessibility:
There should be attention given to the accessibility of nearby communities. The Ancaster and Stanley Greene communities surround the railway and therefore they should be kept in consideration for improving connectivity and accessibility between the communities.

Lastly, regarding safety and noise, that we ask that during the process of work, the neighbors and communities be kept top of mind when it comes to working hours, noise, and dust from the constructions.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach our office at [email protected]

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Metrolinx
Jun 4, 2021 - 13:28

Regarding vegetation, Metrolinx will work with the City and the Conservation Authority to plant trees as close as possible to the area of removal. Metrolinx is committed to replanting where possible in the same municipality, and at minimum within the same watershed.

Regarding accessibility to nearby communities, Metrolinx is only funded to build and deliver transit projects. Although not included in the scope of this project, we are happy to work with the City of Toronto and other community groups in the future to incorporate public amenities into the design such as an overpass, should the City of Toronto make the request and fund such facilities.

In addition, Metrolinx continously monitors noise, dust and vibration levels and will ensure these levels are kept to a minimum during the duration of construction.

Anonymous's avatar

The current track at Carl Hall Rd (just south of Sheppard) requires trains to blow their horn every time they cross this intersection. Is there a plan to change this? If the trains are coming with more frequency, this constant horn noise will be annoying to residents in Stanley Greene neighborhood. Thanks.

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Metrolinx
Jun 4, 2021 - 13:22

At Metrolinx, safety is our top priority. As a rail operator, we follow the Railway Safety Act, Canadian Rail Operating Rules and other
applicable legislations for rail operations along Metrolinx-owned and federally-regulated rail corridors. These rules require the sounding of whistles when trains pass level crossings (i.e., where a railroad and a road cross at the same level) and bells when trains enter and exit stations in the interest of public safety.

Municipalities have the option to eliminate routine whistling at specific crossings if they feel that would better reflect their community priorities. This is a municipally-led process, but Metrolinx works collaboratively with municipalities who undertake this process. An example of this is the City of Markham. The City worked collaboratively with Metrolinx to implement additional safety measures (at a cost to the municipality) in lieu of whistling at 13 crossings.

It is also important to note that even when whistle cessation is implemented and alternate safety measures are installed, operators may still use the horn for safety reasons such as animals, weather, trespassers, or other safety concerns as outlined in the right-of-way policy. Bells will still sound as the train enters and exists the station, in accordance with the safety requirements noted above.

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Metrolinx
Jun 4, 2021 - 13:30

The general contractor is Grascan Construction. 

Anonymous's avatar

As the underpass may provide a shelter for those less fortunate or a haven for less desirable behaviors, how will metrolinx ensure the safety of nearby communities? If you remember the tunnel at patton road going under this exact line had to be sealed off 15+ years ago due to an increase in violence, sexual assaults, robberies and a murder. Unfortunately we cannot seal off a 1km stretch of bridge as easily as a pedestrian tunnel. How is metrolinx going to ensure the safety of residence in the area?

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Metrolinx
Jun 4, 2021 - 13:30

Proper lighting will be designed and installed under the Sheppard Avenue bridge, as per the required standards. In addition, the GO Transit Transit Safety team regularly patrols the entire GO network and is available 24/7. Any safety related incidents can be reported any time by calling our Safety Dispatch line immediately.  

Anonymous's avatar

I believe this has been approved but waiting for funding
Are we to understand that Metrolinx is ready to foot the bill?
If not, what are the options for the Ancaster/Stanley Greene communities???

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Metrolinx
Jun 4, 2021 - 13:29

Metrolinx is only funded to build and deliver transit projects. Although not included in the scope of this project, we are happy to work with the City of Toronto and other community groups in the future to incorporate public amenities into the design such as an overpass, should the City of Toronto make the request and fund such facilities.

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Metrolinx
Jun 7, 2021 - 15:05

Currently, Metrolinx is operating bus service on the Barrie line due to reduced COVID-related ridership. While we currently do not have a date for the reinstatement of train service, service levels including train service, will increase as the province re-opens and riders return.