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Heritage Road Layover

Kitchener Corridor - Heritage Road Layover

Indigenous Peoples and Nations

Metrolinx acknowledges that it operates on the traditional territory of Indigenous Peoples including the Anishnabeg, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. In particular, we acknowledge that the Heritage Layover Project is proposed on lands covered by Treaty 19, 1818 with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Metrolinx is committed to building meaningful relationships with Indigenous Peoples, and to working towards meaningful reconciliation with the original caretakers of this land.

What's New

The Environmental Project Report (EPR) was available for a 30-day review period from August 19, 2022 to September 19, 2022. On October 21, 2022, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks issued a Notice to Proceed with the transit project in accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08. As the final step of the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP), Metrolinx issued a Statement of Completion in accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08. We have also made available, online, our revised Environmental Project Report (EPR), EPR Errata, and draft Natural Environment Field Studies Addendum.

Project Overview

To accommodate the planned growth and service improvements on Kitchener GO Rail Corridor, construction of a new train layover (Heritage Road Layover) is proposed. The facility would be located between the Mount Pleasant GO Station and the Georgetown GO Station.

Heritage Road Layover is proposed within the Halton Subdivision of the Kitchener Corridor, between Heritage Road (Mile 20.14) and Winston Churchill Boulevard (Mile 21.15) in the City of Brampton, Regional Municipality of Peel.

Map displaying the corridor containing the proposed Heritage Road Layover. The Heritage Road Layover is proposed within the Halton Subdivision of the Kitchener Corridor, between Heritage Road (Mile 20.14) and Winston Churchill Boulevard (Mile 21.15) in the City of Brampton, Regional Municipality of Peel.

Map view of proposed footprint of Heritage Road Layover

Map view of proposed footprint of Heritage Road Layover.

Aerial view of proposed footprint of Heritage Road Layover.

Aerial view of proposed footprint of Heritage Road Layover.


Timelines and Engagement Process

This graphic shows the project process and identifies where public engagement will take place. Engagement is strategically aligned with key project milestones to allow the project team to validate their technical studies and inform the development of future work. The timeline also accounts for the completion of mandated environmental studies.

Diagram showing the three phases of the TPAP. We are currently in the 30 Day Public Review period of the EPR during the Post-TPAP Phase. This activity begun August 19, 2022 and will end September 29, 2022. In the Pre-TPAP phase (September 2021 - March 2022), activities and deliverables include: preparing background studies and impact assessments, preparing preliminary and early detail designs, engaging with Indigenous Nations, consulting with Stakeholders and the Public, documenting findings from background studies and preparing draft Environmental Project Report which inclues description of transit project, assessment and evaluation of impacts and proposed mitigation measures and conducting the virtual public information centre #1 which took place from January 12 to January 26, 2022. In the TPAP Phase (March - Summer 2022), activities and deliverables include documenting updated findings in the Final Draft EPR, engaging with Indigenous Nations, consulting with Stakeholders and the Public, issuing the Notice of Commencement (March 24, 2022), conducting the Virtual Public Information Centre #2 which took place from April 6 to April 20, 2022, conducting a 'time out' period between July 18 to August 15 and issuing the Notice of Completion and Environmental Project Report on August 18. During this phase, the Notice of Issue was posted on July 18, 2022 and the Notice of Resumption was posted on August 16, 2022. In the final, Post-TPAP phase (Summer - Fall 2022), activities and deliverables include 30-Day Public Review of the EPR (August 19 to September 19 - we are currently here), Objections / No Objections Submitted, 35-Day Minister’s Review/ Decision, Minister Gives Notice (1 – proceed, 2 – proceed with conditions, 3 – must conduct additional work), Statement of Completion to MECP, Proceed with procurement and construction.

What we Heard at Virtual Public Information Centre #1 and #2

Between January 12 and January 26, 2022, and April 6 and 20, 2022, individuals provided their input during Public Information Centre #1 and #2. We thank everyone that participated in this event. 

Participants expressed concern about potential noise, vibration, and air quality impacts due to the project. They noted that they wanted clarity on what the impacts are projected to be, as well as what mitigation measures will be put in place to protect the surrounding areas. There were also questions about the overall impact to surrounding properties, including how this project will impact the development potential of the surrounding area.

The following common themes were present:

Diagram displaying feedback and FAQs from Public information center 1. These include: Mitigation of any effects of noise and vibration on surrounding areas, Train idling time at the facility, Mitigation of any effects on air quality in the surrounding area, including receptors utilized for monitoring, Disturbance of the McNichol Cemetery during construction and/or operations, Engagement with community, including City of Brampton, Town of Halton Hills, Credit Valley Conservation, and property owners, Integration of the Project with the aesthetics of the surrounding area and cohesion of the DRAFT Heritage Heights Secondary Plan during the Detailed Design phases of the project, Number of trains supported at the facility (4 trains with 2 locomotives and 12 cars or 8 trains with 1 locomotive and 6 cars) to account for current and future operations and optimize the Kitchener GO Expansion, Activities at the layover, including information regarding storage and light maintenance such as daily visual inspections for defects or damage, cleaning, sanitary flushing, and refueling of trains.

The Project Team reviews all comments and questions submitted throughout the TPAP.   All comments received from the public, stakeholders and Indigenous Nations will be documented in the engagement/consultation record for this Project as part of the EPR.  Feedback provided during the first and second virtual public engagement session has been and will continue to be considered to inform key Project decision-making.

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The 30-day public review of the Environmental Project Report and associated technical reports was from August 19, 2022 to September 19, 2022.

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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