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Kitchener Corridor - Heritage Road Layover - Ask a Question

Questions and answers from three rounds of public consultation can be found below.

You can also read the Frequently-Asked Questions document.

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If you have any further questions about the Heritage Road Layover project please contact the regional address relevant to where your area of interest is located:

Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez composer le 416 874-5900 ou le 1 888 GET–ON-GO (438-6646).

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Anonymous's avatar
Jan 13, 2022 - 11:20

Your documents indicate that there is a noise impact study being conducted as the former 2009 study did not consider the Heritage Road layover. When is the expected completion date of this study and how will its results impact this project? Living southeast of this area, we currently can hear the trains & want to know how noise will be mitigated.

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Metrolinx
Jan 17, 2022 - 16:44

The study area of the Noise and Vibration Baseline Conditions and Impact Assessment Report will include the project footprint plus an additional 500m of the surrounding area. The study will assess noise and vibration impacts, over and above baseline conditions, of the construction and operations of the Heritage Road Layover. The report is expected to be completed in spring 2022 and is planned to be available for public review in summer 2022. If the assessment indicates that mitigation for noise and vibration is warranted, mitigation measures will be considered and assessed for feasibility. These measures will be incorporated into the design of the layover if they are considered feasible.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jan 22, 2022 - 09:42

Will the Heritage Road Layover replace the existing layover facility at Georgetown?

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Metrolinx
Jan 25, 2022 - 16:22

Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, once the Heritage Road Layover is built and fully operational, the existing Georgetown Layover will be decommissioned.

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Anonymous's avatar

What happens to the pioneer cemetery?

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Metrolinx
Jan 24, 2022 - 11:21

Hi, thank you for your question. There is no anticipated disturbance to the McNichol Cemetery (pioneer cemetery) due to the construction and operations of the Heritage Road Layover. During construction, there will be a temporary fence erected at the edge of the Project Site boundary.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jan 25, 2022 - 14:35

Multiple questions. Please address by number in your reply.
1. The Open House notice indicates that a maximum of 4 trains with 2 locomotives will use this new layover. Can this number increase over time?
2. When the trains are at the layover facility, how long does each train idle?
3. What time of day will the trains primarily be idling? Can the trains idle at anytime during a 24 hour period?
4. Please provide a list of "light maintenance activities"?
5. Is Metrolinx aware the City of Brampton is planning on approving the Secondary Plan for the area north and south of the rail line in March 2022?
6. Are the proposed sensitive land uses (residential) within the Secondary Plan being considered as receptors for any assessment such as noise, vibration, air emissions as part of this study?
7. Will a setback for the residential uses be required for noise, safety, vibration, air emissions or for any other reason? If so, what will the setback or other mitigation be?

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Metrolinx
Feb 4, 2022 - 13:52

Hello, thank you for your inquiry. Great questions! Please see below, numbered as requested:

1. The Heritage Road Layover can support a maximum of 4 trains with 2 locomotives + 12 passenger cars, or 8 trains with 1 locomotive + 6 passenger car configurations. This was considered for current and future operations, in order to optimize the Kitchener GO Expansion.

2. Each train will typically idle for approximately 60-90 minutes when at the facility.

3. Idling periods may vary, but it’s anticipated to occur at the beginning and end of the service day. There is the possibility of trains idling mid-day, depending on when they arrive at the facility. Outside of these times, trains will be connected to wayside power with the engines turned off.

4. Light maintenance activities can include:

  • Daily visual inspections to identify obvious defects or damage to equipment prior to the start of revenue service;
  • Cleaning, servicing and temperature control of trains;
  • Sanitary flushing and replenishment of the coach washrooms, including emptying of sanitary tanks from rolling stock into temporary storage facilities; and refuelling of trains.

5. Yes, Metrolinx is actively engaging with the City of Brampton, and is aware of the Heritage Heights Secondary Plan. Similarly, the City of Brampton is aware of the proposed Heritage Road Layover.

6. The technical studies consider existing conditions within the Study Area, which includes existing residential areas.  It is difficult to directly identify specific sensitive receptors within the draft Secondary Plan, as subdivision plans have not been finalized yet.  However, the impact assessments will model potential impacts from construction and future operations of Heritage Road layover, which can inform the City’s supplemental plans to support the Secondary Plan.  The technical studies and Environmental Project Report are planned to be available for public review in summer of 2022.

7. Metrolinx will complete a series of technical studies (including examining air quality, noise and vibration) which will evaluate potential construction and operational impacts for Heritage Road Layover.  The air quality and noise and vibrational studies will review a 500 m radius of the layover facility, and identify associated mitigation measures for impacts within the study area.  The results of these studies are planned to be available for public review in the Summer of 2022. Specific setback requirements and other mitigation measures associated with new development will need to be identified by a Developer through technical studies and confirmed as part of the municipal development review process.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jan 25, 2022 - 15:03

1. Make the landscaping better and less grassy. Use natural plantings that convey the feel of agricultural lands.
2. Use better materials and fixtures. A more rural-looking (or less utilitarian) fence and more attractive light standards. Perhaps the use of lower lighting (not highway-style poles) to mitigate light pollution, although that would necessitate more lights to provide the same level of illumination.
3. Try to minimize the land that is used. I'm no expert or engineer, so perhaps you've already done that.
4. Think about how this will integrate with compact development, as planned in the Heritage Heights Secondary Plan.
5. Don't only think about function, also think about how it looks. I wish we prioritized design quality and character in every public project, even with places that we call "infrastructure" such as layovers. We're spending billions of dollars on transit... so let's make our money's worth by making it pretty.

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Metrolinx
Jan 25, 2022 - 16:20

Thank you for your feedback on the proposed Heritage Road Layover Facility. Your comments will be taken into consideration as part of the Environmental Project Report.

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