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SmartTrack LIVE Event: King-Liberty GO Station Virtual Open House – November 18, 2021

 

 

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Agenda

6:30: Meeting Begins/ Opening Remarks  

6:35: SmartTrack King-Liberty GO Station Project Update  

7:00: Questions and Answers  

7:50: Wrap up & Closing Remarks  

8:00: Meeting End 

Meet the Speakers

Photo of David Hopper

David Hopper P.Eng.

Senior Transportation Engineer, 4TRANSIT

Joyce Young

Joyce Young IIDA, LEED AP BD+C

Stations Program Sponsor, Metrolinx

Photo of Julie Chatten

Julie Chatten

Project Manager, Stations Capital Delivery, Metrolinx

Nilgun Erkoc

Nilgun Erkoc

Senior Manager, Community Engagement, GO Expansion Stations, Metrolinx, Moderator

Gretel Green, M.Sc. CISEC

Gretel Green, M.Sc. CISEC

Manager, Environmental Programs & Assessment, Metrolinx

Anthony Irving

Anthony Irving

Manager, Stakeholder and Community Relations, Transit Expansion Office, City of Toronto

Edna Cuvin

Edna Cuvin

Program Director, Stations and Strategic Initiatives, Transit Expansion Office, City of Toronto

Greg Tokarz

Greg Tokarz

Program Manager, Transit Implementation, City Planning, City of Toronto

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There are multiple GO train lines and UP express that travel on this corridor. For a regional rail perspective, even if not all trains stop here, it is desirable to have the ability for all train lines to stop here so there can be multiple service patterns.

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Dec 2, 2021 - 13:32

At this time, only GO trains serving the Kitchener line will stop at SmartTrack King-Liberty GO Station. The station design will allow for optimal flexibility to add and modify service offerings in the future and modify train routing between tracks.

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Nov 7, 2021 - 08:58

Will the station (and the other SmartTrack stations) be built with higher platforms to allow level boarding at all doors from Day 1? Metrolinx has previously released docs indicating level boarding was planned for the future and new platforms are being built with future provisions for raising, but why not do it now and avoid future disruption?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 13:30

The Smart-Track King-Liberty GO station platforms are being designed with higher canopies and higher vertical connections at the station that will protect for level boarding in the future.

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Where exactly on Sudbury Street will the pedestrian bridge landing/entrance be located, as per the Artist's rendering in the August 17 2021 Metrolinx announcement?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 13:31

The pedestrian bridge entry point will be located just west of 99 Sudbury Street.

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Anonymous
Nov 4, 2021 - 18:36

Can Barrie Line trains stop at this station as well? It would make sense so that Kitchener Line passengers can transfer to Barrie Line trains without transferring at Union.

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 13:37

At this time, only GO trains serving the Kitchener line will stop at SmartTrack King-Liberty GO Station. The station design will allow for optimal flexibility to add and modify service offerings in the future and modify train routing between tracks.

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Nov 15, 2021 - 10:04

Will there be full fare integration between TTC and these new SmartTrack urban stations? Having to pay a GO fare + TTC fare to use this station does not help the local community and local transit riders. We want a fully integrated transit hub, to support a transit oriented community, not just a commuter station with high fares$$

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 13:43

Future fare setting decisions will be considered in the broader context of regional fare integration. The Province and Metrolinx will continue to engage the City, including TTC and other municipal partners, to develop a regional fare integration framework and associated measures to ensure a seamless travel experience through the broader region.

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Nov 7, 2021 - 08:48

Are the station names final or will there be more consultation like with other Metrolinx projects? “Liberty Village” would be a better name, and fit with other GO stations that are named after communities.

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Dec 2, 2021 - 13:49

Discussions are currently underway to determine how the SmartTrack stations will be named once completed. We will explore possible community engagement activities as part of that process however it is too soon to speak to the station naming process at this time.

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Their are a lot of people that live and try to sleep near the station location…

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 13:50

Metrolinx rail operations abide by the Federal Railway Safety Act, Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR). These rules require that train bells be rung when trains approach, pass or move about a station, as well as in other emergency situations.

That said, the SmartTrack GO stations are being designed to protect for bell cessation measures based on the future results of the Bell Ringing Cessation Pilot currently being explored at Weston and Bloor GO stations with the UP Express. This will allow for the potential addition of technology at SmartTrack GO stations that could reduce the amount of bell ringing necessary when trains arrive and depart from the station.

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When will construction on the station and bridge commence? When is it scheduled for completion?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 13:51

The procurement process has begun and is scheduled to conclude Fall 2022. Determining construction timelines will be a key part of the procurement process. Construction is expected to be finished in 2026, with stations being open to riders shortly afterwards.

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I have a condo balcony on Sudbury Street and the trains are really loud. Adding traffic and activity to this section of tracks has me worried for the noise.

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 13:39

Electrification is part of the GO Expansion project, and the contract for that project will be awarded in 2022. Once a contractor is on board, we will work with them to determine a schedule for construction and electrification. Approximately 200 km of new track will be installed as part of that project, and over 600km of track will be electrified. Construction will start in late 2022 or in 2023, and is expected to wrap up in 2032.

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Nov 15, 2021 - 16:59

As per the original SmartTrack plan. Will the inner portions of Kitchener and Stouffville interline with each other? For example, I can get on a train at King-Liberty GO Station and get off at East Harbour GO without changing trains at Union.

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 13:38

At this time, only GO trains serving the Kitchener line will stop at SmartTrack King-Liberty GO Station. The station design will allow for optimal flexibility to add and modify service offerings in the future and modify train routing between tracks. That means for a passenger to travel from the SmartTrack King-Liberty GO station to the SmartTrack East Harbour Transit Hub, they must first transfer trains at Union Station 

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The current design of the southern extension of the Railpath terminates just south of Queen with the potential for further expansion south. Will this station's design include provisions for a further extension of the Railpath?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 13:52

In coordination with the SmartTrack Stations Program, Metrolinx is funding and delivering a multi-use path that will include a connection from the King-Liberty GO Station to the West Toronto Railpath.

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There are a large number of local residents who wish to use UP Express to the airport without reversing to Union first. Will there be a direct connection from the new King-Liberty route to the UP Express at Bloor, Mount Dennis, or Weston station? Will it be accessible for those who are disabled and those with large suitcases? Bloor is preferred.

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There is currently space for 8 tracks through the proposed location. How many tracks will there be through King-Liberty station in the future? And how many of them will have a platform for boarding and alighting? Does the plan allow for double tracks on the Milton Line track in the future through this station?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 13:54

On day one of operations, there will be 6 tracks with spatial protection of a 7th south track. Four tracks will have the ability for boarding and alighting. The Milton line won't have a stop at this location.

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Nov 18, 2021 - 17:05

I would like to get to the station by walking or cycle. When will Metrolinx build the Railpath Extension that they announced last year?

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Nov 9, 2021 - 20:25

Will any expropriation or use of 99 Sudbury St. or 55 Sudbury St. will be required, for any aspect of the bridge-station-or passageway?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 13:55

Negotiations with owners are ongoing for all required properties. Individual property impacts will be discussed directly with owners.

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I have lived in, and continue to work in Liberty Village. Multi Mode transportation options are so very needed. I support the ability for West Toronto Railpath to connect over the corridor using the station.

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Anonymous
Nov 18, 2021 - 09:07

I live at Sudbury street townhomes facing the track. I noticed that trains always stops in front of my property, which is annoying, stinky and random. Can we please change the control light location so that the trains can be somewhere less this impactful?

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It would be greatly appreciated if the bridge was completed before the rest of the project, to allow foot traffic between Sudbury and Liberty Village.

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Nov 18, 2021 - 18:35
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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 14:02

Future fare setting decisions will be considered in the broader context of regional fare integration. The Province and Metrolinx will continue to engage the City, including TTC and other municipal partners, to develop a regional fare integration framework and associated measures to ensure a seamless travel experience through the broader region.

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Anonymous
Nov 18, 2021 - 19:06

2026. Is the target to have this station operational by FIFA World Cup in mid 2026?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 13:59

The SmartTrack King-Liberty station is scheduled to be complete in 2026. We cannot commit at this time to an exact date, but do take such things as major international events into consideration.

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Liberty Village is flush with options, and more to come. Was there a technical reason for why the platforms couldn't be shifted north to directly connect to Dufferin/Queen?

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As an urban station without pickup and drop-off and linked to the West Toronto Rail Path, there should be rows and rows of quality covered parking spaces on both sides of the corridor beside the entrances.

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We hope that given the negative experience of local residents with excessive overnight construction on the Davenport Diamond project, that Metrolinx will work to find ways to minimize overnight construction on this coming project.

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 13:58

The SmartTrack King-Liberty GO Station is being built along a busy rail corridor therefore a significant portion of the station construction will likely take place in the evenings, weekends and overnight when the trains are not running or during track closures. When night work must be scheduled crews practice noise mitigation tactics as much as possible. Nearby residents will receive advance notice of construction.

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Nov 18, 2021 - 20:10

Will the connection to Hanna terminate at the 85 Hanna (Shops At King Liberty)? Is it pedestrian only, or cycling as well? Is the City or Toronto responsible for the connection from 85 Hanna to the King High Line? Lastly, will the connection across King St be level with the sidewalk where it terminates at 85 Hanna, or will there be stairs/elevator?

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I'd like to propose a better connection to Hanna Street and Liberty Village than what is planned, who would I send my comments to?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 14:04

Please feel free to send any questions and comments to our Toronto West community relations team at [email protected]

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I live at 400 Dufferin overlooking the rail tracks. There are amazing murals around our neighbourhood, so I contacted my local councillor to see re extending to the walls where the graffiti is along the Dufferin pedestrian path north of Queen. They responded by saying it belongs to Metrolinx and they would try to collaborate. How can I help?

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