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Anonymous's avatar
Dec 3, 2020 - 10:01

How do you plan to protect the people who live next to this construction while you work?

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 4, 2020 - 07:13

A June report from the Toronto Region Conservation Authority indicates that some 267 trees have been identified for removal, and another 22 trees are considered to be impacted by the proposed construction. I'm wondering about what plans are in place for remediation of the ravine? I should hope that these changes not only would lead to a net loss of canopy and root system, but that the ravine will be left richer and healthier post-construction. However, we've been made aware of no such plans. This ravine plays a vital role in the lives of numerous species of wildlife. Any subtraction of this habitat must be thoroughly justified, not only as a benefit to commuters, but to all living creatures impacted.

Metrolinx's avatar
Dec 4, 2020 - 12:14

As part of our commitment to sustainability, Metrolinx goes above and beyond the regulatory requirements for restoration. Once the work is complete, most affected areas will be restored to their previous state.

  • At Small’s Creek and the Merrill Bridge Road Park, restoration plans will include sod and low shrubs near the tracks to protect for rail safety and future electrification infrastructure. Trees will be replanted at a safe distance from the track.
  • Trees on municipal rights-of-way: all permit requirements and local restoration elements will be undertaken and will be restored like-to-like.
  • A total of 267 trees will be removed, and once the work is complete, 262 trees will be replanted at a safe distance from the track. An additional 931 shrubs will also be planted as part of the restoration work.
Anonymous's avatar
Dec 4, 2020 - 07:18

Is the proposed construction of a fourth rail line necessary in light of the possibility that ridership will, in light of the pandemic, possibly decrease, rather than increase? The future of commuting in the city of Toronto is very much nebulous; no one knows what the downtown core will look like in 1, 5, 10 years. It seems this construction was a decision made pre-pandemic, and would benefit from further study in light of rapidly shifting needs and realities. The cost -- both monetary and environmental -- will deserves reconsideration.

Metrolinx's avatar
Dec 4, 2020 - 12:18

The underlying economic value of moving people between locations still holds true. Some of those reasons for travelling will undoubtedly change due to COVID-19 through practices such as increased remote working. Our region is experiencing incredible growth, with an estimated nine million people calling our region home by 2041. The current transit system is over capacity, and the need remains for more options to connect seamlessly to the network of subways, light rail transit and buses throughout the region. We’re building a system to accommodate the region’s growth for years to come. Investments such as GO Expansion are needed now more than ever because the travel patterns of the future will be two-way all-day and much less about commuter peaks in the mornings and evenings. This will now be much more about interconnecting the GTHA, to support the pattern of decentralization of organizations and businesses.