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SmartTrack LIVE Event: St. Clair-Old Weston GO Station Virtual Open House – December 1, 2021

 

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Agenda

6:30: Meeting Begins/ Opening Remarks  

6:35: SmartTrack St. Clair – Old Weston GO Station Project Update  

7:00: Questions and Answers  

7:50: Wrap up & Closing Remarks  

8:00: Meeting End 

Presentation Materials

Meet the Speakers

Photo of David Hopper

David Hopper P.Eng.

Senior Transportation Engineer, 4TRANSIT

Krista

Krista Eichenbaum

Senior Advisor, SmartTrack Station, Benefits Management and Sponsor Office, 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

Edward Presta

Edward Presta

Senior Project Manager, Transportation Services, Capital Projects & Program, City of Toronto

Allison Meistrich

Allison Meistrich

Senior Project Manager, Transit Implementation, City Planning, City of Toronto

David Brutto

David Brutto

Senior Project Manager, Transit Expansion Office, City of Toronto

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 21, 2021 - 16:08

We're concerned about the disturbance train bells will cause local residents when trains enter and exit the new station as req'd by Transport Canada. Metrolinx (Laura Durie) said on June 21, 2018 it was "working with the federal government towards bell alternatives." What alternatives to bells are now being considered? Please provide an update.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 7, 2021 - 08:53

“Stockyards” would be a better name as the station is in the Stockyards neighbourhood, and would avoid name duplication with St. Clair (TTC) and Weston (GO) stations.

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 15:06

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.

Anonymous's avatar

How is the progress on plans to extend the West Toronto rail path to the St. Clair/Weston smart track station?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 14:57

The West Toronto Rail path will extend north from Osler at Davenport using the Transportation Master Plan road improvements, including the Davenport Extension, the widening of Union Street, and the Gunns Extension, forming a continuous cycling facility north of St. Clair. The City also has plans to change Davenport between Osler and Old Weston to a bidirectional cycle track (with a protected intersection at Osler/Davenport). That new bidirectional segment will align Davenport with the Davenport extension cycling infrastructure to the rail station.

Anonymous's avatar

This area is lacking in public parkettes, greenspace, public seating, and aesthetic features. A new station is a great opportunity to improve on the livability and enjoyment of this neighbourhood.

Anonymous's avatar

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 - 14:55

The SmartTrack St. Clair-Old Weston GO Station is being built along a busy rail corridor, and 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 and businesses will receive ample notification of work.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 9, 2021 - 23:13

Will the construction of this station be coordinated with the City of Toronto’s Gunns Road extension, which will cross under the rail corridor, to reduce disruption?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 15:00

The intention is to construct several elements of the City’s Transportation Master Plan in coordination with station construction.  The project will include the Gunns Road extension (easterly from Weston Road to Union Street), widening St. Clair Avenue (between Weston Road and Osler Street) including the replacement of the 1931 rail bridge, extending Davenport Road from Old Weston Road to Union Street including a new road bridge over St. Clair Avenue and preparatory work along Gunns Road for a future extension of Keele Street.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 21, 2021 - 23:20

How will the station be designed to ensure easy and accessible pedestrian access from the 512 St. Clair streetcar?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 21, 2021 - 21:41

Will Metrolinx replace the sound wall currently separating the Brickworks laneway from the train tracks? Will it be the same quality or superior to what's there currently?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2021 - 14:47

Will both Go trains and UP Express stop here? Will they both be running every 15 min? And will the platform have two different heights for both trains?

Anonymous's avatar

Home owners of condo townhouses on Keele and St-Clair will have land expropriated. The train will practically be in their backyard.

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 14:53

The acquisition of land will be required as part of the construction of the new SmartTrack St. Clair – Old Weston GO station and to implement the Transportation Master Plan.  That said, all the details have not yet been confirmed, as the project is only at 30% reference concept design. We aim to minimize the impacts to property owners. Individual property impacts will be discussed with affected property owners directly. We do not discuss individual property impacts in a public forum.

Anonymous's avatar

With the amount of development in the neighbourhood, we need additional green space in the area. With the City of Toronto's priority to greening, pollinators, supporting native plant habitats, and treecover, this is an opportunity to turn segments of the space into green or garden space accessible by the community. Are there plans for this?

Anonymous's avatar

Or are there other plans for bike paths?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 14:58

The West Toronto Rail path will extend north from Osler at Davenport using the Transportation Master Plan road improvements, including the Davenport Extension, the widening of Union Street, and the Gunns Extension, forming a continuous cycling facility north of St. Clair. The City also has plans to change Davenport between Osler and Old Weston to a bidirectional cycle track (with a protected intersection at Osler/Davenport). That new bidirectional segment will align Davenport with the Davenport extension cycling infrastructure to the rail station.

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 15:04

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.

Anonymous's avatar

The current plan by the city of Toronto is to not extend the West Toronto Railpath past Caribou, but instead have a spur onto the narrow and badly surfaced road of Osler. Are there any new plans to create a seamless connection with this station?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 15:12

The West Toronto Rail path will extend north from Osler at Davenport using the Transportation Master Plan road improvements, including the Davenport Extension, the widening of Union Street, and the Gunns Extension, forming a continuous cycling facility north of St. Clair. The City also has plans to change Davenport between Osler and Old Weston to a bidirectional cycle track (with a protected intersection at Osler/Davenport). That new bidirectional segment will align Davenport with the Davenport extension cycling infrastructure to the rail station.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 24, 2021 - 11:23

I live in the area and traffic has been increasing year over year on streets cutting from Dupont to Davenport such as Osler and Symington. St. Clair and Old Weston is already a nightmare close to rush hour and the Junction Rd./Cawthra/Old Weston area is constantly at or over capacity (depending on time/trains/if any construction in the area).

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 15:08

The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) reviewed local road improvements and recommended a suite of changes including widening St. Clair Avenue, extending Davenport Road and Gunns Road. All of the recommendations for these road improvements will be coordinated with the SmartTrack project. Existing left-hand turn lights will be maintained but the TMP works will help alleviate congestion and improve traffic flow.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 21, 2021 - 21:34

What measures is Metrolinx taking to limit automated announcement broadcasts at this station so to minimize disturbance to local residents?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 15:02

Platform announcements are a critical way for us to keep our customers informed of service related information, provide important safety reminders and make it as easy as possible for all of our customers to ride with us by supporting the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) & French Language Services Act (FLSA). The frequency of these announcements aligns with our service, however we do our best to take into consideration the impacts of volume and frequency of announcements on the surrounding community, while adhering to AODA and FLSA requirements.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 25, 2021 - 15:37

When are we expecting to be able to ride this puppy?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 15:13

Construction is expected to be completed by 2026, with operations following shortly after.

Anonymous's avatar

It would be great to see the station connect with existing bike lanes and cycling infrastructure so we can safely access it.

W. K. Lis's avatar

Will solar panels be installed on the roofs of ALL the GO Stations? Will wind turbines be installed on the GO Station properties?

According to current reports, renewables were the world’s cheapest source of energy in 2020. Cheaper than coal or natural gas.

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 15:03

Solar panels and wind turbines are not being contemplated for the station; however, the new station will meet Metrolinx Design Standards to achieve LEED v4 Silver Certification at a minimum.

Anonymous's avatar

Anonymous
Nov 25, 2021 - 19:18

Can the station please use solid materials and architectural expression that creates a sense of place, beauty, and identity? Toronto has had enough of glassy minimalism. We need more sophisticated, distinct, and beautiful design. I'm not complaining about contemporary design, I'm complaining about bland design.

Anonymous's avatar

Currently the Weston Flea market has been shut down for about a year and there does not appear to be any plans for development other than an offer to be a parking lot. With the lack of green space that would be a wonderful park.

Anonymous's avatar

We live in behind the new station. What measures are being done to limit glare from platform lights into resident properties lining Brickworks Lane?

Anonymous's avatar

Anonymous
Dec 1, 2021 - 15:45

Active transportation seems nonexistant on most of the maps and drawings for the station and the surrounding area. Its 2021, has the City and Metrolinx dropped the ball ?

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 1, 2021 - 19:07

Can there be development on top of the station building and busway? This can protect people from extreme weather and increase the number of housing (affordable) units. A great example is TTC Davisville station where the station building is inside the TTC office building.

Anonymous's avatar

When are the residents affected by the construction of the Davenport Road extension going to be given a clear and concise timeline for property acquisition?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 14:54

The details of the acquisition process for property required for the Transportation Master Plan are currently being coordinated with the City, however it is expected that impacted owners will be contacted early in 2022.

Anonymous's avatar

There needs to be an emphasis in the design on pedestrian connections to St. Clair Ave W. I live south of St. Clair, and the current proposed layout only has the far end of the station at St. Clair. I'm concerned that pedestrian accessibility from St. Clair will be marginalized and treated like an afterthought.

Anonymous's avatar

In many cities where there are 4 tracks for express and local services, only 2 platforms are built at local stations. Why does St. Clair-Old Weston need 4 platforms (2 side + 1 island) serving all tracks? Why not only build only 2 platforms and save the money for another Smart track station?

Anonymous's avatar

What are the plans to create a connecting path between Old Weston Rd and Union St along the Hydro corridor to better access the new station? This would help east-west walking/biking connections and forms part of the "Green Line" identified as part of previous Metrolinx material.

Anonymous's avatar

Anonymous
Dec 1, 2021 - 20:00

Will the west tToronto rail path be extended north (beyond Antler) to connect to the Daventport rd extension as part of this project?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 14:58

The West Toronto Rail path will extend north from Osler at Davenport using the Transportation Master Plan road improvements, including the Davenport Extension, the widening of Union Street, and the Gunns Extension, forming a continuous cycling facility north of St. Clair. The City also has plans to change Davenport between Osler and Old Weston to a bidirectional cycle track (with a protected intersection at Osler/Davenport). That new bidirectional segment will align Davenport with the Davenport extension cycling infrastructure to the rail station.

Anonymous's avatar

extremely tall buildings are being allowed.
Presumably these residences will not have parking since the rationale is that these sites are to facilitate use of public transit and get cars off the road.

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 1, 2021 - 18:58

Since the station is being built together with a new underpass on St. Clair, can you please work with the City of Toronto to have bike lanes on St. Clair Avenue West in the underpass? Cycling through underpasses without bike lanes can be unsafe and scary. Since the underpass is being widened anyway, why not widen it slightly more for bike lanes?

Anonymous's avatar

Example, will the new smarttrack cars stop at Bloor? Will the trains be new "Smart-track cars" or simply making Go trains stop more frequently and at these new stations?

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 1, 2021 - 19:20

With the removal of the bridge and the widening of St Clair Ave W, what is planned to redirect traffic between east to west side of the bridge so we can access all the stores in the west easily?

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 1, 2021 - 19:28

Can you depress the railway corridor below St. Clair Avenue West and build the SmartTrack station in a trench? St. Clair Avenue could then cross the railway corridor trench at grade (above the station), with more room for a streetcar stop platform and stairs to the GO station. It seems like the more metropolitan solution.

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 1, 2021 - 19:48

Can you elaborate on the strategy to financially support the economic success of Smarttrack stations, relative to adjacent development densities.

Anonymous's avatar

Will left-turn lights (full-time) be implemented at Old Weston and St. Clair to accommodate for increased traffic? Are lights or new thoroughfares being considered for the area?

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2021 - 15:09

The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) reviewed local road improvements and recommended a suite of changes including widening St. Clair Avenue, extending Davenport Road and Gunns Road. All of the recommendations for these road improvements will be coordinated with the SmartTrack project. Existing left-hand turn lights will be maintained but the TMP works will help alleviate congestion and improve traffic flow.

Anonymous's avatar

Can Metrolinx commit to sharing reports re: noise overages and air quality overages with the community?

Anonymous's avatar

Are provisions for a platform serving the MacTier tracks being considered?

Anonymous's avatar

- how loud and how often will the trains go by?
- do the bells ring every time a train passes?
- what will be done about the increase in traffic?
- will you be replacing and increasing the sound barrier between our houses and the train?

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 1, 2021 - 14:53

Does these improvements to the area cause property taxes to increase for nearby residents? Thank you.

Anonymous's avatar

St Clair W is already essentially a two-lane street with no safe bicycle lanes.