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Scarborough Subway Extension LIVE - March 7, 2022

Watch a recording of the Scarborough Subway Extension Live Event held on March 7, 2022.

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Agenda

 6:30: Meeting Begins/Opening Remarks  

 6:35: SSE Project Update  

 7:00: Questions and Answers  

 7:30: Wrap up & Closing Remarks 

Meet the Speakers

Adetokunbo Bodunrin

Adetokunbo Bodunrin

Design Review Specialist, Metrolinx

Andrej Butala

Andrej Butala

Headwalls Manager, Strabag

Justin Ji

Justin Ji

Stations Manager, SSE

Georgina Collymore

Georgina Collymore

Community Engagement Manager, SSE

Nigel Sandy

Nigel Sandy

Community Relations Specialist, SSE

Ross Bain

Ross Bain

Senior Project Manager, SSE

Jenny Matharu

Jenny Matharu

Program Sponsor, SSE

Victoria Superina

Victoria Superina

Stations Project Manager, SSE

Format & Accessibility

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Please review and note that conduct inconsistent with our policies will result in removal.

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Anonymous's avatar

Considering that the Spadina extension and the Crosstown LRT openings were delayed by years, what lessons were learned and what steps are taken for a timely opening?

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Metrolinx
Mar 14, 2022 - 14:03

We have contractual obligations with our constructors to keep the project on schedule. We’ve made a lot of progress on the Scarborough Subway Extension since 2020: 

Our tunnelling contractor, Strabag, has been hard at work to prepare for tunnelling since May 2021. Construction is well underway at the launch shaft site, the TBM has arrived from Germany and is already being assembled. Tunnelling is expected to start this summer. 

Procurement is progressing very well for the stations, rail and systems contract and three teams have been shortlisted to prepare their proposals for how they will design and build stations and all the other work to get the line operational. 

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Anonymous's avatar
Mar 1, 2022 - 01:04

The station at Lawrence Ave should be called “Bendale” please. Named after the neighbourhood. Thank you.

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Metrolinx
Mar 14, 2022 - 14:01

Metrolinx has a policy for naming of stations. We start with the simplest name possible – usually the name of the cross street. If the name is already taken, then through our policy and framework, we start looking at other names related to the community or local landmarks. We look forward to getting the community’s feedback on proposed names as we are further along in the process. 

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Mar 3, 2022 - 13:14

Will the Scarborough Subway Extension feature platform screen doors to protect riders? If full height ones are too expensive, you should consider half-height ones like they use in Asia.

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Metrolinx
Mar 14, 2022 - 13:48

We’re designing stations along the Scarborough Subway Extension so they have the capability to install platform edge doors in the future. 

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Will there be any property development on top of each station building and bus terminals?

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Metrolinx
Mar 14, 2022 - 14:00

In the process of developing infrastructure to connect communities, Metrolinx is focussing on delivering affordable, high-quality transit. Details related to Transit Oriented Communities will be shared as information becomes finalized. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing would be best able to answer housing related questions.

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Anonymous's avatar
Mar 7, 2022 - 18:04

Are there any provisions or talks yet for bike parking facilities that may promote multimodal travel? Vancouver Skytrain stations feature extensive locked bike parking areas, that I would really love to see in Toronto. I think this would be most useful at Lawrence-McCowan Station, where you are only a couple of hundred metres from a large park and the long and heavily used Gatineau Corridor multi-use trail.

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Metrolinx
Mar 14, 2022 - 13:45

The current station designs have plans for bicycle racks and indoor storage rooms are being provided as well. We look forward to sharing more specific details related to the stations and their features soon.

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If yes, the connection point at STC should be around the existing Scarborough RT station where there are many offices and condo buildings.

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 15:42

Stakeholders managing the future development of this area have discussed a potential secondary entrance on the west side of McCowan Road and Progress.

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In past meetings, it has been explained that provisions have been made for future connections with the Sheppard subway at the Sheppard station. It is speculated that the CP rail corridor could in the future become a "Midtown GO line". It there any provision for a future GO station near the Sheppard station?

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 16:01

The subway extension will connect to the GO train network at Kennedy, and there will be regional bus connections at Sheppard station. Agincourt GO station is also located a kilometre away on the Stouffville Line.

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I'm interested in the affect of the location of the Lawrence Station will have on houses, ravine, access through the ravine and traffic in the area. Where exactly will the station be located?

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 15:58

The Lawrence subway station will have a main station building on the south-west corner of Lawrence and McCowan and there will also be a secondary entrance building on the north-west corner of Lawrence and McCowan.

To review the environmental assessment conducted prior to the start of construction, please visit our website. The updated Environmental Project Report addendum is available on the Scarborough Subway Extension webpage – metrolinx.com/scarboroughsubway.

 

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Anonymous's avatar
Mar 7, 2022 - 18:11

The newly provided map of Scarborough Centre Station suggests an enclosed bus terminal. What kind of design is currently envisioned for the terminal? Is it going to be a large loop with an indoor waiting area like Don Mills station or more like a normal bus platform just enclosed (like Eglinton station)? I think for such a busy bus terminal, an indoor (not just covered) waiting area like at Don Mills would be preferred. Potentially even a design like at the new Union station bus terminal could be used, where a light indicated when to go onto the platform from the waiting area when a bus is about to arrive. Also, will the bus terminal be below grade (again like Don Mills) or at grade (will an elevator or stairs be needed to access the bus platforms)?

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 15:50

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and we appreciate the feedback. Once the Request for Proposals phase expires and our construction partner to build the new subway stations has been announced, Metrolinx will start to collaborate with the winning bidder to finalize the design. We hope to share confirmed details and updated visuals with the community in the future.

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Anonymous's avatar

What specific design actions have the project team taken to quote "ultimately provide an interchange with an extension of the proposed Sheppard Subway (Line 4)".

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 15:33

Our current plans at the Sheppard/McCowan terminus station will protect for future expansion considerations, including the proposed Sheppard subway. The plan protects future transit connectivity with the inclusion of a knockout panel.  In future if there is a Sheppard Subway extension, this helps to preserve the ability to have a direct underground connection to TTC’s Line 2. 

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 15:17

The Lawrence subway station will have a main station building on the south-west corner of Lawrence and McCowan and there will also be a secondary entrance building on the north-west corner of Lawrence and McCowan. 

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 15:16

We can confirm that our current plans for the new subway stations have a design for public washrooms at Scarborough Centre station, along with the station located at Sheppard and McCowan.  At the moment, we do not have any plans for a public washroom at the new station located at Lawrence and McCowan.

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During construction local businesses are impacted by any construction project that can severely reduce their revenue streams and have a harsh impact on their viability. What planned steps do Metrolinx and City of Toronto take to mitigate this impact?
What funds if any are budgeted into the project to compensate owners for the losses they sustain?

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 15:07

One positive aspect regarding the construction of the Scarborough Subway Extension is that most of the activity on this project will be underground. We are consistently reviewing our traffic plans to minimize impacts and keep people moving.

At all times, through-traffic will be maintained on the major roads McCowan, Sheppard, Lawrence, Danforth and Eglinton There will be times when turns are prohibited and in rare instances where roads are closed. Conversations are also on-going with stakeholders who represent business interests along the alignment to see where there are opportunities to provide support.

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 14:29

The station overhead visuals provided are preliminary images that are subject to change. Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario released the Request for Proposals (RFP) and was issued to three shortlisted teams on February 8, 2022.

Once our construction partner is onboard, Metrolinx will start to collaborate and refine the plans for the station design. We hope to share updated visuals that illustrate the outline of the finished design with the community in the future.

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What are the options being considered for the existing Scarborough RT tracks/stations/etc. once the SSE is completed? Is there an optimal choice among these options?

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 13:55

To complete the construction of the Scarborough Subway Extension, Metrolinx does not require any of the existing RT infrastructure. The City of Toronto will continue assessments regarding their owned real estate to determine how the existing RT infrastructure will be incorporated into their future development plans.

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Since the plan is to use 1 big TBM and stack the tunnels on top of each other, how exactly will the subway platforms be laid out? Will the platforms be stacked as well, or will be use a more traditional layout such as a “split” or “island” platform arrangement?

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Metrolinx
Mar 14, 2022 - 15:47

The designs for the new stations at McCowan and Lawrence and Scarborough Centre currently have split platforms. The station at McCowan and Sheppard will be an island platform where northbound and southbound trains share a single platform. In addition to this, we are not stacking the tunnels. There will be a vertical wall in the middle of the tunnel to separate northbound and southbound trains.

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How do you plan to mitigate the impact of the closure of the LRT?

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 13:42

The TTC has plans to decomission the Scarborough RT in 2023 and Metrolinx is committed to supporting a positive commuter experience while we transition to the completion of the Scarborough Subway Extension. We know how important it is to ensure the people of Scarborough have access to rapid transit. Getting the Scarborough Subway Extension built as quickly as possible remains a top priority for Metrolinx and transit riders in Toronto.

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 13:21

During the construction we will have some impacts to traffic. At the Emergency Exit Buildings and Station locations, there will be a reduction in the number of lanes. At all times, through-traffic will be maintained on the major roads McCowan, Sheppard, Lawrence, Danforth and Eglinton. There will be times when turns are prohibited and in rare instances where roads are closed.  

We will be engaging and sharing our construction mitigation and traffic plans with the community as design progresses and construction details are confirmed with our construction partners. Roadway widening, traffic shifts or temporary roadway decking where possible will be used to minimize impact to traffic and roadway. 

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There is a proposed City To Housing project for 40,30 and 20 story condo building - on top of Kennedy/Scarborough Town Light Rail train being removed and replaced by busses, the increased density of this project will make traffic in Scarborough excessively congested.

Working with Metrolinx How can we best advocate the parking lot at the proposed site of 2444 Eglinton Ave East to be kept until the Kennedy to Scarborough Town Center Subway work is doen THEN development of gentle density condo houses/buildings - as growth in Scarborough should not be discouraged but managed effectively. TO/Councilor Michael Thompson/Housing Now is advocating poor planning. How can Metrolinx help to manage this?

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 13:03

Metrolinx is committed to continue efforts being a good neighbour within the communities we develop transit infrastructure. Apart of this process includes collaboration with stakeholders to identify concerns and mitigate issues before the construction begins. We thank you for your feedback and will continue to advocate for solutions that work for residents in the community.

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 12:53

Our current plans for stations on the Scarborough Subway Extension do not include parking lots or garages but we are designing stations to maximize connectivity and convenience. This includes working closely with our transit partners at the TTC and GO to maximize the number of local connections and transfer points at each station. Stations are also being designed to have as much accessibility and flexibility for future customers.

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Mar 7, 2022 - 18:36

Will the SSE have ATC/ATO?
What trains will run on the SSE? TRs or T1s?

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Metrolinx
Mar 14, 2022 - 23:50

Currently the SSE is provisioned for future ATC, but the development of ATC on the SSE will depend on TTC's timeline to upgrade ATC on the existing Line 2.  

 

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Where will the buses go for STC and Sheppard station, will they all go to Sheppard or will they make branches for 129,130,131, 169, 939

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 12:50

Closer to the in-service date for the completion of the Scarborough Subway Extension, anticipate the TTC and other regional public transit providers to disclose the plans for the routes they operate in this area. Please sign up for the SSE newsletter to stay updated with the latest news on this project.

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Mar 11, 2022 - 12:41

To support the construction of the Scarborough Subway Extension, there will be impacts to some parking space at the Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre. We have been working closely with the City of Toronto’s staff at Don Montgomery Centre since 2021 to understand how community members use the recreational facility and what alternatives need to be put in place to offset any impacts to parking spots at this facility. We will continue to explore different options to reduce these impacts and share them with the community later this year.

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running from Jack Goodlad Park to Kennedy Station - There will be significant noise levels - we all know this

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Metrolinx
Mar 11, 2022 - 12:37

After doing some initial research, the team for the Scarborough Subway Extension could not confirm any plans to construct a noise wall near the Treverton Park Neighbourhood. As this area is in close promiximity to the Stoufville corrider, our team supporting GO Expansion at [email protected] may have more information about Metrolinx projects in your community.

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