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Anonymous's avatar

Why are you using Overlea as the route?
If you can put the maintenance yard behind a Costco why not the train?
Or the hydro green? Or
An elevated line done the DVP median or on the side?Ozr
The North Go train line that cuts through ET Seton park already?
Overlea is already overly trafficked.it is the only exit out of Thorncliffe Park and entrance to the DVP. We are very well served by buses. The construction alone will destroy a high needs neighbourhood struggling to keep itself from becoming a ghetto. The local merchants who mostly reside here will be ruined. We cannot get a dime for a decent community centre with the highest numbers of children in Canada but we are getting a subway light rail line along Eglinton’s high end neighbourhood and another transit line just one block south but this one will be an above ground or ground level rail.
How does this make any sense.

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Feb 2, 2020 - 12:58

The precise alignment of the Ontario Line will evolve throughout the design and procurement process as teams gather more information, including details on ground conditions, community and environmental impacts, and potential for partnering with developers. We will continue to refine the exact alignment as more planning work is done as part of the Preliminary Design Business Case.

We will work with communities to ensure a comprehensive array of measures are in place to address any noise or vibration impacts and to ensure designs are sensitive and respectful of communities.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 5, 2020 - 20:43

Some of my neighbours whose homes are at risk of being expropriated have been in their homes for 50 years. Do you mean to set them adrift in the current Toronto housing market?
How are you going to ensure that these people are appropriately compensated for the sacrifice you are asking them to make.

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Hello,

The City of Toronto will be building a new, large recreation / community centre at Don Mills Road and Wynford Drive during the same time frame that the Ontario Line is under construction.

The new centre will benefit children, youth, families, and seniors in the Don Mills corridor, including from Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park. It will be one of the largest, or the largest, in the entire City of Toronto.

As part of Metrolinx's construction of the new Ontario Line station at Don Mills Road and Eglinton, is it possible to build a direct connection to the new community centre - either under Don Mills Road or above it - so that recreation centre users from Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park can avoid having to cross a very busy intersection to enjoy our new community benefit?

Details of the City's project is located here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.EX7.5

Thank you.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 29, 2020 - 08:52

What are your plans for the houses near the proposed bridge that will cross the DVP? Will you be expropriating homes on Minton? What can we expect by way of compensation in that event? What about the effect of the noise and vibration on the remaining homes? Homeowners here are frustrated by the lack of information and consultation to date, given how directly we will be affected by your proposed plans. This is a quiet residential area (mature homes, big trees, older people, young families), which will be potentially devastated by the line. Please involve us in the process. The Information Sessions held this week were not informative at all; beyond "feedback forms", there was no chance to have one's voice heard. A more democratic forum is needed for involving homeowners whose properties are on the line (pun intended).

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Metrolinx
Feb 3, 2020 - 14:47

Hi, thanks for the feedback. We'll pass this along to our project team for consideration.

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Feb 2, 2020 - 13:01

We understand that residents and businesses want specific details about impacts to their properties, and we will reach out individually to impacted property owners once we have a firm understanding of what’s needed. We expect to have more detailed information to share in the coming months, when we will have completed further design work.

By utilizing the rail corridor that already exists in the Leslieville area, we will be able to deliver the Ontario Line quicker while reducing capital costs and serving even more communities.The precise alignment of the Ontario Line will evolve throughout the design and procurement process as teams gather more information. We will continue to refine the exact alignment as more planning work is done as part of the Preliminary Design Business Case, which will in turn help us determine property requirements. 

Previously identified and newly affected property owners will be notified and advised of any property impacts, including owners of properties that were identified in the Relief Line South Environmental Report that are no longer required.

We are consolidating all the feedback we've received and will be sharing it with our project team.

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Metrolinx
Feb 6, 2020 - 09:34

We understand that residents and businesses will want specific details about impacts to their properties, and we will reach out individually to impacted property owners once we have a firm understanding of what’s needed. We expect to have more detailed information to share in the coming months, when we will have completed further design work.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 5, 2020 - 19:35

The main hospital for Flemingdon and Thorncliffe residents is Michael Garron Hospital, located at Mortimer Avenue and Coxwell Avenue. Most residents take the TTC to get there, and have to rely on two bus schedules to make a timely transfer outside at Mortimer Avenue, in all weather conditions.
The Ontario Line does not have a station at Mortimer and Pape, but it does have one at Cosburn and Pape. Can Metrolinx look at designing Cosburn Station in a way that will help us get to Michael Garron Hospital faster and more comfortably?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 2, 2020 - 19:14

Will construction begin in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park before other sections of the Ontario Line given that there is already a staging area available at Don Mills and Eglinton due to the Crosstown?

Anonymous's avatar

I understand that an existing abandoned CN right-of way that links downtown to Thorncliffe park area already exists and is for ----. This appears to be a much cheaper, faster, better and less intrusive option to service north of the DVP. Has this option been given proper consideration in the options analysis?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 29, 2020 - 10:29

Can you please share with the public any work you have done to date to assess the impact that building a bridge across the DVP and and a tunnel exit would have on the Pape and Minton area. The residents in the neighbourhood have not been consulted and requests to Metrolinx for a consultation with residents have thus far been ignored.

Denise's avatar
Jan 28, 2020 - 21:40

Why is an elevated structure being built right outside residential buildings and condos on Overlea Blvd with no regard to the noise factor and view for residential owners? This kind of structure does not belong in a residential community. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the meeting at the Science Centre and would love to receive some details on this plan.

Metrolinx's avatar
Feb 2, 2020 - 12:55

Current plans for the line on Overlea Boulevard include at-grade or elevated tracks. The precise alignment of the Ontario Line will evolve throughout the design and procurement process as teams gather more information, including details on ground conditions, community and environmental impacts. We will work with communities to ensure a comprehensive array of measures are in place to address any noise or vibration impacts and to ensure designs are sensitive and respectful of communities.

All the boards from the Ontario Science Centre Open House are available on the Metrolinx Engage portal by going to the Ontario Line section and clicking Get Engaged -> Open Houses.

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Metrolinx
Feb 6, 2020 - 09:32

Hi, thanks for the feedback. We'll pass this along to our project team for consideration.

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Feb 2, 2020 - 13:08

We know that residents have many questions about the future look and feel of the line as well as their neighbourhoods, and we will share updates and seek feedback throughout the development of the project. There will be many opportunities for people to provide input and learn more about what the project means for them throughout its lifecycle. We will be sharing environmental studies and reports for review and comment throughout the formal EA process, as well as conducting many other engagement events outside of that process. We plan on hosting more Open Houses this spring where we'll be able to share some more information from our findings and solicit community feedback.

A great deal of information is uncovered as a project evolves from the early analysis phase to the planning and design phase, through procurement, and onward to the delivery and operations phases. We use all the facts we have to update and improve evidence-based decisions about the project. The findings from our Initial Business Case can be found on our website at www.metrolinx.com/OntarioLine

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Metrolinx
Feb 3, 2020 - 14:50

We will share more details of construction timelines and locations as the project progresses. We are still in the design stage and don't have that information just yet.

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Metrolinx
Feb 4, 2020 - 15:27

The existing abandoned CN right-of-way runs parallel to the DVP, almost entirely within the Don River Valley. Technical and natural environment considerations aside, this line is located away from the neighborhoods along the currently proposed Ontario Line route and would not provide comparable connectivity (e.g., access to jobs within a certain commute time) and travel experiences (e.g., connections to other transit routes). For more information about the Ontario Line performance compared to other scenarios considered, please see the Ontario Line Initial Business Case: http://www.metrolinx.com/en/regionalplanning/projectevaluation/benefitsc....

Anonymous's avatar

Increasing gainful employment opportunities is a top priority for residents in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park. Creating transit access to the new employment hub at East Harbour will benefit our community.

At the corner of Spadina and Front, a new employment hub is under construction that is similar to East Harbour, it is called 'The Well.' It may also include a new station on the Barrie GO Line. http://www.thewelltoronto.com/

Can Metrolinx consider an Ontario Line route that will directly connect our community, and the entire city, to The Well?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 6, 2020 - 19:59

If you plan to expropriate homes, when will you contact homeowners? A Feb. 6 Toronto Star article revealed that a deal has been struck to expedite the environmental assessment and expropriation processes so that transit projects can be completed more quickly. What corners, exactly, will be cut in the interest of expediting things? How will you ensure homeowners' rights will be respected?

Anonymous's avatar

Will transit-oriented development on private property such as the East York Town Centre shopping mall and Costco in Thorncliffe Park be built at the same time, and in coordination, with Ontario Line construction?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 3, 2020 - 12:35

Toronto’s waterfront is an important cultural attraction for our communities, and for the entire city. Our families want to be able to enjoy Harbourfront, the Islands, and Lake Ontario with their children.
It is also a growing source of employment options for parents through commercial development of East Bayfront and the central harbourfront.
Taking multiple TTC buses and subways to get there with a large family is a challenge though, and owning a car is not an option for many parents to commute to the waterfront for work.
Would Metrolinx consider adding a station to the Ontario Line near Cherry Street, in the area of the Distillery District, to connect with TTC services to East Bayfront and Harbourfront?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 24, 2020 - 15:00

Where is the station in relation to Overlea Blvd

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Metrolinx
Feb 3, 2020 - 14:56

Thanks for the feedback, we'll pass this along to our project team. The current alignment between Ontario Science Centre and Exhibition Place, with the 15 potential stations, is the plan we are progressing at this time. 

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Metrolinx
Feb 11, 2020 - 13:17

Hi, thanks for your suggestion. We will pass this feedback along to our planning team.

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Metrolinx
Feb 11, 2020 - 13:14

Hi, thanks for your question. We understand that residents and businesses will want specific details about impacts to their properties, and we will reach out individually to impacted property owners once we have a firm understanding of what’s needed. We expect to have more detailed information to share in the coming months, when we will have completed further design work.

Metrolinx is committed to meeting or exceeding all regulated requirements under EA legislation. If legislation changes then we will have to follow those requirements.

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Metrolinx
Jan 31, 2020 - 15:57

Thank you for your question. Finalized stop and station locations are still being studied.   The precise alignment of the Ontario Line will evolve throughout the design and procurement process as teams gather more information, including details on ground conditions, community and environmental impacts. You can stay tuned to project updates and sign up for our mailing list at Metrolinx.com/ontarioline

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Metrolinx
Feb 6, 2020 - 09:28

Any decisions we make on alignment and station location are in the interest of improving the customer experience, increasing access to transit, maximizing ridership, achieving travel time savings, and creating better access to jobs. These criteria are balanced by cost and other community considerations.

As stated in our Initial Business Case, the alignment and station locations are subject to change as we advance planning and design work. Any discussions we have with developers and landholders at this stage are exploratory and are part of our due diligence in planning for an important project like this. We will comprehensively present alternative alignments and station locations to city partners and communities for their feedback once we have the details we need to make sound recommendations.

Anonymous's avatar

How is the link going to look like flowing through Thorncliffe/Overlea to Flemingdon Park and up to the Ontario Science Centre. There is no current vision on the path through to Don Mills?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 11, 2020 - 20:31

Given the public feedback that Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park want an underground subway, and Toronto City Council's recent vote requesting Metrolinx to put the entire Ontario Line underground, is the provincial government now looking at opportunities to increase the project's budget?

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Anonymous
Feb 10, 2020 - 20:24

Last year, Metrolinx showed the study area for their Relief Line North study going to Steeles Avenue, with plans to get the line at least to Sheppard.

Why has the line been cut back to Eglinton? How would extending it to Sheppard change the peak ridership numbers? How would extending it to Richmond Hill change the peak ridership numbers?

Anonymous's avatar

If the subway is expanded north of the Danforth along Pape, as proposed, the millwood bridge would be a preferred route and existing option, rather than building another bridge beside the existing bridge. The bridge was expanded a few years ago to take on more vehicle traffic. I understand that if the road surface was reduced back to its original design, the bridge could accommodate a subway. Given that the goal is to reduce vehicle traffic by providing a subway option, this options seems to be a no brainer. Was this option considered? If so, can Metrolinx provide the engineering analysis?

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Anonymous
Feb 10, 2020 - 20:35

If a train has a capacity of 800 passengers, what percentage of that would be seating? Is this something that Metrolinx would specify to the bidders?

Would the trains be what have been described as cattle cars - seating only along the sides of the car?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 10, 2020 - 20:34

The map shows Corktown station at about Berkeley and King Street. And it shows East Harbour station just east of Corktown Common.

As "Corktown station" is not in Corktown - why call it Corktown? It looks to be pretty much at the location of the old Parliament buildings. Why not call it Parliament? Or Berkeley?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 10, 2020 - 20:21

The recent presentation materials didn't show Metrolinx's proposed GO station near Gerrard and Pape.

When did Metrolinx announce that promised GO station had been Forded?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 10, 2020 - 20:10

Currently the distance from Exhibition station to Ontario Place is too far. But at the openhouse, they said the "Ontario Place" station is north of the Gardiner? About 3/4 of kilometre as the crow flies.

With the current distance from Exhibition GO and Exhibition Loop already considered an obstacle, how will this be any different than the current situation?

Is "Ontario Place" false advertising?

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Anonymous
Jan 29, 2020 - 14:57

How was King Street and Bathurst Street chosen for a Subway Station?
Why would Metrolinx not choose City Place and Liberty Village for Subway Stations?
Why would you have the subway raised going through Leslieville and Riverdale?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 29, 2020 - 10:43

At the top of this page it says "We’ll post an answer to your question in 48 hours."
Yet no questions have been answered including ones that were posted 5 days ago.

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Metrolinx
Feb 2, 2020 - 12:39

Teams are analyzing the 15 stations identified in the Initial Business Case to determine whether or not they should be built, looking at factors like the potential number of users, ease of construction, and cost, to name a few. Findings will be presented in the Preliminary Design Business Case, which we are aiming to complete by summer 2020.

By using the GO corridor and building bridges across the Don River instead of tunneling underneath it, a route that is approximately twice the length of the Relief Line South can be built at a similar cost. Also, using the GO corridor will allow people to more easily connect between GO and TTC services that will both be accessible by street level, saving time compared to connections that would lead people into deep underground stations.

We will be hosting another round of consultations in spring 2020 where we hope to share some more information from our findings.

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Metrolinx
Feb 11, 2020 - 13:22

Teams are analyzing the 15 stations identified in the Initial Business Case to determine whether or not they should be built, looking at factors like the potential number of users, ease of construction, and cost, to name a few. Findings will be presented in the Preliminary Design Business Case, which we are aiming to complete by summer 2020.

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Metrolinx
Feb 11, 2020 - 13:18

Hi, thanks for your question. A number of options are being considered to bring visitors to Ontario Place, including automated people movers or cable cars, similar to those used in Singapore, Dubai and Tokyo.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 1, 2020 - 06:47

The publicly stated timelines for opening the subway seem extremely aggressive. Given the timelines for the environmental assessment, preliminary design and field studies, procuring the design build team, purchasing property and relocating utilities, and the way these processes are integrated with each other and rely on information from each other, how is it possible to be in construction by 2023? Utility relocations on their own can be an extremely lengthy and iterative process with so many different parties involved - even as an early works program, it's hard to imagine it will be ready to start in 2021 given the current level of design. While I am wholeheartedly in favour of the project and agree that it's time to move forward with transit improvements rather than continuing to draw more lines on the map, given the significant schedule delays experienced with the Spadina Subway extension (particularly the true "unknown unknowns" that always happen with major underground work), how realistic is the 2027 opening date? Expectations need to be properly managed.

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Metrolinx
Feb 3, 2020 - 14:39

Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario will use a public-private partnership (P3) procurement model to ensure the Ontario Line is delivered efficiently and cost effectively. The P3 approach will leverage private sector innovation in design and construction and increase budget and schedule certainty. To date, IO’s P3 projects have a 95 per cent on-budget track record and a 69 per cent on-time delivery record, which far outpaces traditional project delivery and is significantly above industry standard. Timelines are subject to change as the project progresses and the design is refined.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 30, 2020 - 15:29

Can you share more details on the decisions around making certain parts of the Line above ground? Specifically, where the line comes above ground at the Gerrard station and going south through a rich vibrant neighbourhood full of families? Could it be underground? Could it be routed more East so that the Leslieville station doesn't take out a community centre and park and housing for at risk women?

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Metrolinx
Feb 2, 2020 - 12:37

Any decisions we make on alignment and station location are in the interest of improving the customer experience, increasing access to transit, maximizing ridership, achieving travel time savings, and creating better access to jobs. These criteria are balanced by cost and other community considerations.

As stated in our Initial Business Case, the alignment and station locations are subject to change as we advance planning and design work. We will comprehensively present alternative alignments and station locations to city partners and communities for their feedback once we have the details we need to make sound recommendations.

Anonymous's avatar

Why are you are doing the bare minimum to assess the environmental impact of the Ontario Line. How do you plan to protect all our parks and green spaces that myself and thousands of my neighbours use? There hasn’t been any community consultation on this. We want our parks to stay the way they are – we do not want to lose any of the much needed green spaces in our community – this is important for growth, health and happiness. Our children play there, out pets walk there, our community events are held there. How can Mayor Tory call Toronto 'a city within a park' when you plan on getting rid of our parks?

A major concern for me as I live in close proximity to the tracks is the health concerns I will suffer. The ongoing noise of the constant bombardment of trains all day and all night will affect my sleep, my stress and my mental health which will have a huge impact on my life and job. As well, kids and the elderly will suffer this even more. How can you do this to people only to save a few bucks? Where is the long term thinking? How will you compensate us for the stress and suffering we will incur?

Putting the trains above ground is short-sited – you are compromising the community and it’s people for a small savings – this is selfish and not in the best interests of the people who live in these neighbourhoods.

How will you make sure these trains are safe? How will you make sure there is no noise and no vibrations, which again over time will cause damage to my home as I live in close proximity to this proposed line.

How will you make sure the businesses, homes and community won’t suffer economically?

How many trains will run every day, every hour, every minute and how much will this cost per ride?

We want well thought out, well researched plans and proposals plus other options for the Ontario line – below ground or routes that won’t disrupt neighbourhoods!!

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 27, 2020 - 12:56

I would love to attend the Ontario Line event, but the time frame does not work for my schedule. I imagine that an evening time slot is difficult for commuters and parents who are responsible for preparing dinner for their families and childcare. Having a webinar for events such as these would make the conversation more accessible to a wider range of Torontonians. Can we consider adding a live webinar option and a moderator responsible for answering questions that come from online participants? Thank you!

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 24, 2020 - 15:02

Is the western terminus of the line to be built so that it would be able to be extended north west at a later date? Thank you

Metrolinx's avatar
Feb 2, 2020 - 12:45

Thanks for your feedback - we will share this with our project team. Our Metrolinx Engage portal is designed to give the community an opportunity to ask questions and also review the same materials that were shared with communities at the Open Houses. You can find a digital version of the display boards on this website under the Ontario Line section. Feel free to leave us more questions on Metrolinx Engage and we'll be happy to answer. You can also reach us directly at [email protected] or 416-202-5100.

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Metrolinx
Feb 6, 2020 - 09:25

Hi, thanks for your feedback. Any decisions we make on alignment and station location are in the interest of improving the customer experience, increasing access to transit, maximizing ridership, achieving travel time savings, and creating better access to jobs. These criteria are balanced by cost and other community considerations.

Metrolinx has a number of measures it can take to reduce and manage impacts to residents and communities, both during and after construction, which we will use whenever and wherever necessary. We know that residents have many questions about the future look and feel of the line as well as their neighbourhoods, and we will share updates and seek feedback throughout the development of the project.

We are developing detailed consultation plans and activities as teams finalize more details.There will be many opportunities for people to provide input and learn more about what the project means for them throughout its lifecycle. We will be sharing environmental studies and reports for review and comment throughout the formal EA process, as well as conducting many other engagement events outside of that process.

Metrolinx's avatar
Feb 2, 2020 - 12:48

We are currently advancing plans for the line between Exhibition/Ontario Place and the Ontario Science Centre. However, these plans don’t preclude future expansions that may be presented to improve access and meet demand.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 6, 2020 - 12:23

Why has Metrolinx hired an out of province company (Maple Leaf Drilling, Winnipeg Manitoba) to do the drilling on Pape Avenue as part of the environmental assessment for the Ontario Line? Should Ontario taxpayer money being spent on the Ontario Line not go to Ontario companies and workers?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 29, 2020 - 09:47

How will metrolix address all the public comments?

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Metrolinx
Feb 2, 2020 - 12:41

We are consolidating all the feedback we receive at our Open Houses and online. All the feedback will be shared with our project team.