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Finch West LRT - Virtual Open House - February 2021

Over the next 8 days, we invite community members to review the presentation on this page. It includes recent project updates, milestones for the year ahead and upcoming construction impacts in your neighbourhood. Safety is our number one priority. We encourage you to watch the video about traffic safety. Once you’ve had an opportunity to review the presentation and watch the video, we’d love to hear from you! Leave a question or comment below and we’ll post an answer beneath it.

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Metrolinx
Feb 10, 2021 - 15:17

Road widening including utility works between Weston and Islington are scheduled to commence in May 2021.

Anonymous's avatar

where will the shelter booths that will not be used on finch be installed in toronto

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Metrolinx
Feb 10, 2021 - 16:13

The burn-in track works will begin in February 2021 to facilitate light rail vehicle (LRV) testing. Track installation slated to take place throughout this year into 2022. Most bus shelters will remain in place post-LRT. As bus shelters belong to the City, the expectation is that any surplus will be reused by the City eventually.

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Metrolinx
Feb 10, 2021 - 15:26

The TTC will make the final decision pertaining to any changes in bus routing, frequency, and service.

Anonymous's avatar

Will the Finch West LRT station be built in such a way as to allow possible future eastward extension to Line 1 at Yonge St.?

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Metrolinx
Feb 10, 2021 - 15:26

Currently, the extension to Yonge Street is unfunded. However, the design of the Finch West LRT Station does not prevent a future extension to the east.

Nana_Adjei's avatar

Are there any plans to expand towards the future Woodbine racetrack station and also towards the airport?

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Metrolinx
Feb 10, 2021 - 15:27

Currently, the extension to Pearson Airport is unfunded.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 10, 2021 - 03:58

Will the lrt line on finch west start building up Humber College connect to miway, brampton transit, ttc, yrt and go transit.

The lrt line goes to Jane and Finch from Humber College.

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Metrolinx
Feb 10, 2021 - 16:19

The Finch West LRT line will connect to GO Transit, Brampton, Toronto, York Region and Mississauga transit lines at the terminal Humber College Stop. The Finch West LRT line will go from Finch West Subway Station to Humber College.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 10, 2021 - 05:51

Lots of trees have been removed as part of the widening of Finch and construction of Humber College station.
Can you tell us more about the future landscaping of the route and the replacement tree planting? Have you spoken to the City regarding types of trees to be planted?

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Metrolinx
Feb 10, 2021 - 16:20

Following construction completion of the Finch West LRT line, Mosaic will consult with the City to refine the tree replacement and compensation strategy, in line with City Urban Forestry guidelines. Where possible, Mosaic will replant trees close to the location of the removed trees. However, the replanting area may change depending on the need and available space. We will liaise with the City to determine new locations of replacement trees.

A tree maintenance period will be put in place to monitor newly planted trees. New trees will be planted in compliance with the City of Toronto’s Tree Replacement Policy.

 

Anonymous's avatar

Will it be obvious to drivers that they shouldn't be driving in the guideway? Paving/paint/curbs etc. We don't want a similar situation to Queens Quay where drivers accidentally drive down the ramp into the tunnel!

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Metrolinx
Feb 10, 2021 - 15:37

The Guideway will be slightly elevated off the ground and will contain signage indicating to drivers the guideway is for LRV's only, with the exception of emergency vehicles.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 10, 2021 - 07:02

Will the stops have heaters for the winter like GO stations or VIVA bus stops?

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Metrolinx
Feb 10, 2021 - 15:35

The Finch West LRT stops will not have heaters. 

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 10, 2021 - 10:35

Unfortunately trees have to be removed from the corridor to allow for road widening and construction - that's understandable.
Can you provide information regarding tree planting along the corridor, and the landscaping that will be installed?
Have you talked to Eglinton Crosstown/Waterfront Toronto/City of Toronto regarding their experiences/best practices for tree planting and what species to use?

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Metrolinx
Feb 10, 2021 - 15:46

Following construction completion of the Finch West LRT line, Mosaic will consult with the City to refine the tree replacement and compensation strategy, in line with City Urban Forestry guidelines. Where possible, Mosaic will replant trees close to the location of the removed trees. However, the replanting area may change depending on the need and available space. We will liaise with the City to determine new locations of replacement trees.

A tree maintenance period will be put in place to monitor newly planted trees. New trees will be planted in compliance with the City of Toronto’s Tree Replacement Policy.

Anonymous's avatar

is it separated from traffic? at a different level? intersection?

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Metrolinx
Feb 11, 2021 - 16:51

The LRT will operate in the middle of the road on Finch, then it will descend below grade after turning south from Finch Avenue on to Highway 27, runs on the west side of Hwy 27 away from traffic and enter Humber College station below grade. 

Anonymous's avatar

Living on the route. Since it is more busier, more foot traffic as well as vehicle traffic, what is being done about the lack of high fencing.

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Metrolinx
Feb 12, 2021 - 15:44

When complete, the LRT line will move transit into a dedicated lane and help significantly manage congestion along the busy Finch West corridor. Currently, there are no plans for additional fencing along the corridor.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 11, 2021 - 18:05

Is new fencing to be built? Residents do not feel safe with the lack of infrastructure to keep strangers out.

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Metrolinx
Feb 12, 2021 - 15:45

Currently, there are no plans for additional fencing along the corridor.

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Metrolinx
Feb 12, 2021 - 15:46

Traffic Signal Priority (TSP) function will be implemented for all 24 intersections along the Finch West Light Rail Transit guideway. Direct Signaling and Train Control System interface to traffic controllers will be implemented for the TSP function. There will be 3 different types of signals at each signalized intersection: pedestrian signals, traffic signals for road vehicles and transit signals. In general, light rail vehicles will follow the transit signals specifically for Finch West LRT vehicles.

Anonymous's avatar

Ottawa has basically the same train and it has had many problems with service.

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Metrolinx
Feb 17, 2021 - 16:52

The Metrolinx Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) is based on the Ottawa LRV, but is not the same vehicle. The Ottawa LRV will be operating for several years before being introduced to Finch West. Applicable lessons learned from the performance of the Ottawa vehicle are incorporated into Metrolinx LRVs.

Anonymous's avatar

Why is their no priority towards the safety of the residents living along finch? Their is a trailer directly behind my house and it gives workers a direct view into our house.

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Metrolinx
Feb 17, 2021 - 17:00

Safety is a top priority for the FWLRT. At this time, there are no plans for additional fencing along the corridor. That said, we would be happy to connect with you to further discuss this item. Please drop us an email at [email protected]

Anonymous's avatar

i remember back in 2017 the TTC hastily opened the line 1 extension. If it came down to opening that are you considering it? and if so when would it be?

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Metrolinx
Feb 17, 2021 - 17:01

The Finch West LRT is slated for completion in 2023.

Anonymous's avatar

Will the 3 Finch general traffic lanes, in each direction, be maintained under the CPR bridge?

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Metrolinx
Feb 17, 2021 - 17:02

There will be four (4) lanes of traffic in total, two (2) eastbound and two (2) westbound. 

Anonymous's avatar

When will the Finch Ave road widening occur between Signet/Arrow and 400 bridge?

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Metrolinx
Feb 17, 2021 - 17:04

Road widening works along the section of the alignment will begin in 2021.

Anonymous's avatar

What Streetscape and Public Realm projects (1.5% of the construction cost of the LRT Program) have been approved for the Finch West LRT?

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Metrolinx
Feb 18, 2021 - 12:36

The FWLRT project carries provision for streetscape and public realm enhancements identified in the streetscape guidelines developed jointly by the City of Toronto and the Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) namely Emery Village and DUKE Heights that exceeded City Standards namely:

• Tree planting infrastructure
• Street lighting poles and fixtures
• Street furniture
• Pavement markings that contribute to the identity of the BIAs, and
• New cycling infrastructure including raised cycle tracks and Multi Use Paths (MUPs)

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Metrolinx
Feb 17, 2021 - 16:54

Currently, the Finch West Light Rail Transit construction is on schedule. 

Anonymous's avatar

Weekends only because they don't want to pay to open up the lane by simply taking down the traffic plans ,cones etc.? See it all the time nobody cares cause they Don t live in the area on the weekends and were all sitting in traffic

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Metrolinx
Feb 17, 2021 - 16:56

Currently, there are no plans to have additional traffic monitoring for the weekends. 

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 15, 2021 - 23:48

It should be made clear that the LRT stop near Humber College is to be located about 300 m (1000') away from the Humber College Bus Terminal, where TTC, BT, MiWay, GO, and YRT buses converge. The LRT will terminate along Highway 27, not on Humber College property. Transferring passengers will use an open air sidewalk between the two separate facilities.

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Metrolinx
Feb 18, 2021 - 12:33

A covered walkway will run from the plaza of the southern entrance building towards the College and terminate at Arboretum Blvd. directly opposite the existing bus terminal. The covered walkway is a 3m wide and approximately190m long.

Anonymous's avatar

When will the track bed and LRT train rails be installed between highway 400 and Weston road?

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Metrolinx
Feb 18, 2021 - 12:51

The estimated timeline for track installation between Weston Road and the Hwy 400 is from late 2021 to 2022. 

Anonymous's avatar

Was the maintenance and storage facility designed with future expansion possibilities?
Such as adding more LRT vehicles as ridership increases or they design and fund a Jane Street LRT line.

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Metrolinx
Feb 17, 2021 - 17:06

The Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) was designed with capabilities for expansion. 

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Metrolinx
Feb 17, 2021 - 17:16

The Finch West LRT is slated for completion in 2023.

Anonymous's avatar

Is there renderings of each stop or major intersections with stops on the LRT line so community stakeholders can anticipate how their neighborhood will look like when construction is finished?

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Metrolinx
Feb 17, 2021 - 17:08

Yes, renderings are available of the underground Finch West station, below-grade Humber College stop, MSF site as well as of Martin Grove and Sentinel at-grade stops. The renderings can be found on our official Instagram account @FinchWestLRT. Please note that these renderings are concept drawings and are subject to change.

Anonymous's avatar

Will the Alstom LRT vehicles be able to travel in all weather conditions such as thick ice and snow build up?

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Metrolinx
Feb 17, 2021 - 17:08

The Citadis Spirit has been designed for the North American environment taking into consideration items such as temperature, snow, rainfall and ice build up to allow for operation under adverse weather.    

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Anonymous
Feb 16, 2021 - 20:36

Will the intersection where the lrt's go onto finch, will it be at grade or will there be a portal?

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Metrolinx
Feb 17, 2021 - 17:10

The LRT will operate in the middle of the road on Finch at grade, then it will descend below grade after turning south from Finch Avenue on to Highway 27, runs on the west side of Hwy 27 away from traffic and enter Humber College station below grade. 

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Metrolinx
Feb 17, 2021 - 17:22

The burn-in track works will begin in February 2021 to facilitate light rail vehicle (LRV) testing. Track installation  is slated to take place throughout this year into 2022.