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Barrie Corridor

Electrification Infrastructure

 

  • Approximately 100 km of electrified corridor
  • One Traction Power Substation
    • Allandale TPS
  • One Switching Station
    • Newmarket SWS
  • Two Paralleling Stations
    • Maple PS
    • Gilford PS
  • Based on initial bridge inventory work:
    • Total of 11 overhead bridges
    • 2 bridges with vertical clearance constraints
    • All overhead bridges will require bridge barriers for safety 

Recommended Traction Power Facilities

Map of recommended traction power facilities

Allandale TPS

Advantages:

  • Accommodates approximate facility dimension requirements; satisfies site configuration requirement
  • There is existing road access; new easement parallel to railroad may be also be required
  • Aerial connection to Hydro One’s transmission line
  • Approximate length of aerial connection is 1.5km, however it will be a lower voltage (25kV) connection route (rather than a 230KVconnection)
  • Some vegetation in the vicinity of the site, however potential minor effects can be mitigated
  • The site is surrounded by industrial/commercial areas to the west, east and north. The land is designated as General Industrial
  • No known/active development applications on the site
  • No known cultural heritage resources within, or adjacent to, the site location. Low potential for built heritage resources and cultural heritage landscapes within or adjacent to the facility location

Disadvantages:

  • Site is not owned by Metrolinx
  • The site is not immediately adjacent to the Barrie GO rail corridor, therefore a longer 25kV connection route is required
  • The site is adjacent to some residential area in the south

Newmarket SWS

Map of Newmarket switching station site

Advantages:

  • Accommodates approximate facility dimension requirements; satisfies site configuration requirement
  • There is existing road access
  • Negligible vegetation present; no anticipated Species at Risk species concerns at this site
  • The site is not within the vicinity of residential areas or sensitive social features. The site is designated as Business Park - Mixed Employment, and is currently a parking lot/storage area
  • No known/active development applications on the site

Disadvantages:

  • Site is not owned by Metrolinx
  • The site is adjacent to Hydro One’s Armitage Substation that is over 40 years of age. As such, there is moderate potential for built heritage resources adjacent to the facility location. Further analysis will be completed during impact assessment phase to confirm whether mitigation measures are warranted

Maple PS

Map of Maple paralleling station site

Advantages:

  • Accommodates approximate facility dimension requirements; satisfies site configuration requirement
  • There is existing road access via Keele St., however a new access road (requiring an easement) constructed from Keele into the site may be required
  • The site is not in the immediate vicinity of residential areas or sensitive receptors. Site is designated new community area and is currently agricultural land
  • No known/active development applications on the site
  • Site will be assessed for cultural heritage issues during impact assessment phase

Disadvantages:

  • Site is not owned by Metrolinx
  • New access road (requiring an easement) may be required 
  • Potential nesting habitat for migrating songbirds (to be confirmed via further field study). Potential impacts can likely be mitigated however further assessment is required as part of the impact assessment phase
  • There is a draft City of Vaughan secondary plan (Block 27) for a possible new residential area in the vicinity of this site. Further consultation with the City of Vaughan is required to confirm viability of siting the facility in this location

Gilford PS

Map of Gilford paralleling station site

Advantages:

  • Accommodates approximate facility dimension requirements; satisfies site configuration requirement
  • There is existing road access
  • The site is not in the immediate vicinity of residential areas or sensitive receptors, however there is a residence located approximately 200 m west at Sideroad 20
  • No known/active development applications on the site
  • No anticipated cultural heritage issues, to be confirmed as part of impact assessment phase

Disadvantages:

  • Site is not owned by Metrolinx
  • The site is designated as Agricultural Area, and is currently being used for agriculture
  • Potential nesting habitat for migrating songbirds. Further field assessment will be carried out as part of the impact assessment phase to confirm habitat and mitigation developed if required
  • Town of Innisfil’s Transportation Master Plan will require a 1.5m widening along the road frontage of the site (to be considered as part of design)
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