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Scarborough Subway Extension LIVE - November 30, 2021

On November 30, 2021, Metrolinx hosted a virtual open house including speakers from our project team with over 40 people in attendance. During the one-hour open house, we answered as many questions as possible about the Scarborough Subway Extension. Participants voted on questions and were particularly interested in hearing about station designs, the environmental assessment and mitigation measures for traffic disruption.

In case you missed the event, you’ll find the answers in the video recording below. We also received additional questions during the virtual session and are committed to answering those as well. Answers will be posted at the bottom of this page.

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As we continue to evolve the virtual engagement format, we are adding a call-in option for tonight’s event. To ask your question by voice, join the Zoom meeting here. We aim to keep each question and subsequent answer to 3 minutes allowing for as many call-in questions as possible.

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Agenda

6:30: Meeting Begins/ Opening Remarks

6:35: SSE Project Update

7:00: Questions and Answers

7:30: Wrap up & Closing Remarks

Meet the Speakers

Arad Mohaghegh

Arad Mohaghegh

Senior Project Manager, SSE

Wojtek Sawicki

Wojtek Sawicki

Construction Manager, SSE

Jenny Matharu

Jenny Matharu

Sponsor, SSE

Thomas Tuzinski

Thomas Tuzinski

Deputy Construction Team Lead, STRABAG

Format & Accessibility

Questions will be answered based on popularity (total votes). We aim to answer all questions.

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 21, 2021 - 23:27

The Province of Ontario has stated that it plans to extend Line 4 to the future Sheppard East station on the Scarborough Subway Extension. How is this project planning ahead for the future Line 4 extension? Will a Line 4 station be “roughed in” at Sheppard East?

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 18:09

For the Scarborough Subway Extension, funding was provided to build three new stations. Within the design and plan for expansion, Metrolinx aims to ensure new transit being built has options for future connectivity.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 21, 2021 - 23:16

Will the three stations on the Scarborough Subway Extension have platform screen doors?

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 18:13

We’re designing stations along the Scarborough Subway Extension with the capability to install platform edge doors in the future.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 22:03

Is Metrolinx planning for a future extension of Line 2 past McCowan and Sheppard north to Finch Avenue East or even to Steeles Avenue East?

I understand funding right now only applies to the current SSE but just wondering if additional track and associated infrastructure will be built north of Sheppard Avenue to protect for a future extension.

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 18:13

Within the design and plan for expansion, Metrolinx aims to ensure new transit being built has options for future connectivity.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 29, 2021 - 13:10

When the Name of the TBM will be posted?

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 18:17

The name of our tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Scarborough Subway Extension will be announced when it arrives on site. We anticipate the TBM to be ready in the Spring of 2022.

Anonymous's avatar

There has been news coverage of a planned design for the bus terminal at Scarborough Centre station which suggested that the bus terminal would so massive that it would be inconvenient for riders. Has this issue been resolved? The bus terminal here is an important local and regional bus hub and should have a good, efficient design.

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 18:41

Thank you for your feedback. As this project continues, we consistently assess opportunities to make changes that enhance the experience of the residents within the community. Conversations with multiple stakeholders are happening to find the right solutions. Please visit us at https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/engagement-initiatives/scarborough-subway-extension for the latest updates or subscribe to the project newsletter.

 

Anonymous's avatar

Is there planned Transit Oriented Community (TOC) development happening at all of the 3 new stations?

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 18:25

The province is exploring potential transit-oriented communities developments across the entire provincial subway program. Infrastructure Ontario has not made any announcements to confirm TOC partnerships on the Scarborough Subway Extension. Please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/transit-oriented-communities for the latest updates on Transit Oriented Community developments within the province.

Anonymous's avatar

During the construction phases, how the traffic management will work along Brimley, Brimorton, and Ellesmere. There are a number of schools along Brimorton and the current traffic situation is already bad.
Also how the construction will minimize noise and dust issues? Many people are working from home.

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 18:52

We will be engaging and sharing our construction mitigation and traffic plans with the community as design progresses and construction details are confirmed with our construction partners. Roadway widening, traffic shifts or temporary roadway decking where possible will be used to minimize impact to traffic and roadway. 

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Anonymous
Nov 30, 2021 - 16:20

Will any stations have washrooms ?

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 18:59

Scarborough Centre and Sheppard East stations will have washrooms. If a station is at the end of a line or it serves as an interchange connection, they typically have this amenity for transit riders. 

Anonymous's avatar

In the event that construction on SSE is delayed, what agreements are there with the TTC to provide additional resources for prolonged coverage of shuttle bus service to Kennedy station? Will this be built into the penalty clauses in the contract with the construction consortium?

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 18:29

Metrolinx will continue to work with the regional transit operators to ensure they are supported throughout the construction of our infrastructure projects. The subway tunnel is being built using a fixed-price contract, which clearly allocates certain risks to the builder, while we retain other risks.  We have a proactive contract management approach which seeks to avoid issues that lead to delays and cost overruns.  In the event there is an issue, our contract has a clear delineation of who is responsible for additional costs. 

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 28, 2021 - 16:57

What are the plans to handle traffic along Eglinton & McCowan roads? The Eglinton Crosstown is an example where pylons are placed in areas and left for weeks at a time which significantly inhibits traffic flow. Can you ensure workers relocate them on a daily basis IF they aren't going to be working the next day?

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 18:49

Being a good neighbour in the communities we serve is important to us. We will be engaging and sharing our construction mitigation and traffic plans with the community as design progresses and construction details are confirmed with our construction partners. Sometimes we may need to temporarily close areas for safety reasons as work continues. Roadway widening, traffic shifts or temporary roadway decking where possible will be used to minimize impact to traffic and roadway. 

Anonymous's avatar

Will the station be where McCowan station is?

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 18:06

Appendix A of the Project Design Layout from the Environmental Project Report provided a map of the proposed station locations. Please visit https://www.metrolinx.com/en/aboutus/publications/environmental_assessment.aspx#scarborough-subway to view appendix A from the EPR.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 30, 2021 - 19:13

Where exactly are the stations going to be located? Including the entrances/exits and bus loops.

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 18:04

The exact location of these station features has not been confirmed as we are still in the design phase. We will begin to communicate these details with the public as more information becomes available. Appendix A of the Project Design Layout from the Environmental Project Report provided a map of the proposed station locations.

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 17:56

In summer of 2020, an addendum to the Environmental Project Report for the Scarborough Subway Extension was released to the public. Appendix A (page 9) of the Project Design Layout provided a map of the proposed station location. Please visit https://www.metrolinx.com/en/aboutus/publications/environmental_assessment.aspx#scarborough-subway to view appendix A from the EPR.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 30, 2021 - 12:17

Will both Sheppard East & Scarborough Centre stations on this extension serve Viva?

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 17:40

As the in-service date gets closer, regional transit providers will have a better understanding on the routes that may be provided at these future stations. The current schedule has this project with an estimated completion date in 2030.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 30, 2021 - 18:57

By removing Midland and McCowan stations, is this the best decision for preparing for the "unforseen"?
There's 12+ condos at the areas set to build around STC, so is one station going to prevent redundant traffic? Is this the best for foot traffic?

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 17:47

Metrolinx strives to make quality assessments that incorporate projections for population growth within the communities of proposed infrastructure projects. We will continue to assess changing demographics with the goal of implementing solutions that provide assessible transit.

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Anonymous
Nov 30, 2021 - 19:09

What about the environmental impact assessments?

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 17:30

Please visit https://www.metrolinx.com/en/aboutus/publications/environmental_assessment.aspx#scarborough-subway for the Environmental Project Reports on the Scarborough Subway Extension.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 30, 2021 - 19:22

I'm also concerned about this. Large bus terminals are the worst, especially for families/young children. To be honest, there should be a stop at Brimley, two smaller stations than 1 large one.

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 17:35

Thank you for your feedback. There are many different factors taken into consideration with infrastructure projects. Scarborough Centre is an essential hub for the community. Building a subway station at this location will help people travel faster and provide access to more opportunities.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 30, 2021 - 10:25

Is it possible that you can extended Line 2 beyond Finch & Steeles to reach Highway 7 & so it can connect to the Viva Purple & Green lines?

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 17:27

For the Scarborough Subway Extension, funding was provided to build three new stations. Within the design and plan for expansion, Metrolinx aims to ensure new transit being built has options for future connectivity.

Anonymous's avatar

As a public service, community ideas and suggestions should be taken seriously. Where is the list for community suggestions which are implemeted to show community involvement in this design? There's a lack of transparency if there is no evidence for community involvement.

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 17:20

Thank you for your feedback. As an organization, the communications department is reviewing how we interact with our communities to ensure there is a clear understanding on the role Metrolinx plays in building transit. We appreciate your suggestion. Please do not hesitate to share more examples on how we can create better relationships with our communities at [email protected].

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 30, 2021 - 20:04

I just googled it.....

what. the. heck.
first, its just as ugly as the Pickering pedestrian Go bridge.
second, it doesnt seem to follow any foot traffic routes.
please tell me this eyesore isn't going to be built. please.

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 17:11

In the summer of 2020, an addendum to the Environmental Project Report for the Scarborough Subway Extension was released to the public. Appendix A includes maps to outline the station locations. Visuals of the actual stations have not been communicated as we are still in the design phase. Updated renderings to illustrate the station designs will be shared when the information becomes available. Please visit https://www.metrolinx.com/en/aboutus/publications/environmental_assessment.aspx#scarborough-subway to view Appendix A of the SSE project.

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 16:57

Yes, all three stops on the Scarborough Subway Extension will be completely underground.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 26, 2021 - 21:20

If this is underground, then why not extend it to the lakeshore as a round trip?

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 16:53

Projects are being built across the region connecting every community. Whether its trains, buses, stations, or stops, everything we are building adds up to one purpose – bringing together the entire region, getting you where you need to go faster and simpler than ever before. Please visit us at https://www.metrolinx.com/en/greaterregion/projects/default.aspx for a list of the latest Metrolinx projects across the GTHA.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 29, 2021 - 16:05

When will we get to give feedback on station naming? It’s important that stations represent local communities.

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 16:47

Thank you for your feedback. We try to use a few guidelines when selecting the name of a station. Usually, we name stations after streets, landmarks and neighbourhoods as these provide the strongest aids to wayfinding. If there is an opportunity to engage the community on this subject, we will ensure everyone has a chance to submit their suggestions in the future.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 30, 2021 - 16:16

If Line 4 is supposed to connect to Line 2 in th' future, then it should've been extended been years now!

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Metrolinx
Dec 6, 2021 - 16:27

Connecting communities through transit is an important part of our mission at Metrolinx. We continue making assessments to determine the projects that will hep to turn this into a reality. Please visit us at https://www.metrolinx.com/en/aboutus/publications/environmental_assessment.aspx. You’ll find the latest environmental assessments for current and potential upcoming projects with Metrolinx.