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Davenport Diamond Guideway and Greenway Virtual Open House

Join us for an opportunity to get project updates, to learn more about a specific topic of interest to you, and to ask general questions.

As we have shifted to virtual open houses, you can find below a project update and presentation deck of this open house. 

You can also download the presentation PDFs below. 

Note: There is no real-time engagement during the open house. We will work to ensure questions are answered within 3-5 business days.


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Anonymous's avatar

In the future, if an opportunity arises to make more connections across the rail corridor, is it possible to punch new holes/tunnels through the MSE walls? I'm thinking specifically about north of the diamond, south of Davenport, where there are no planned connections.

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Metrolinx
Jun 24, 2021 - 14:58

In order to maintain the structural integrity of the MSE walls, it is not possible to tunnel through them.

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This project specifies that the greenway will have sustainable landscaping. In what way will the landscape be sustainable, and what investment will be made to ensure that planted trees thrive? Undersized trees in undersized holes with little to no soil amendment, surrounded by grass is not sustainable. This is a common problem in both public and private projects and one that landscape designers, landscapers and others without specific specialty in arboriculture may not be best suited. The type of tree, size of hole, soil compaction and quality, available water and light and other factors impact how trees grow and thrive - or fail to. Landscaped plants are one thing, but a strategy to ensure this area doesn’t contribute to the heat desert problem in the Neighbourhood is critical. This involves taking trees and tree planting more seriously than putting a few select species in and calling it a day for five years. How will you accomplish the reality of sustainability, not just the promise? What concrete objectives are you committed to accomplishing to make your plan happen?

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Metrolinx
Jun 28, 2021 - 18:13

The planting strategies are probably the best news story we have (and will be explored in more detail in one of our upcoming “Community Conversations” planned as part of the Community Engagement and Stakeholder Relations Plan (CEASRP).

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Jun 25, 2021 - 14:12

Can Metrolinx please build a beautiful greenway? Also, I (and most people) would like to see the public art that was originally part of the scope of this project. It is beautiful and would improve this neighbourhood.
I hope you can give me a thorough response, not a copy-paste response :)

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Metrolinx
Jun 30, 2021 - 12:22

Metrolinx has hired Brown + Storey to lead the design of the Greenway project. They are well known for their work on public projects including the West Toronto Railpath. Working with a comprehensive design brief that captures the key community requests spanning a five-year period, we are confident that the Greenway project will be an important, attractive, and transformative space for the community.

Here are the public elements that will be included in the scope of the Greenway:

  • A linear park adjacent to the multi-use trail and under the elevated guideway to reconnect several areas along the east and west side of the rail corridor
  • A fully accessible multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists
  • A sustainable approach to landscape and plantings
  • Beautiful pollinating gardens
  • Gathering spaces for the community
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To better understand the surrounding security with the new elevated guideway walls and surrounding residents, can the passengers on the MetroLinx trains look out and see residential & commercial building; windows, doors, lights on - off, at home residential activity? Can passengers view out in such a manner, either on the first level or 2nd level of the MetroLinx trains? This is a security concern, as with increasing train frequency and with possible rare bad passenger intentions, such visibility could lead to break ins, thief, etc.
Also what is the height from the rail floor to the top of elevated guideway walls?

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Metrolinx
Jun 30, 2021 - 12:14

The new eleveated guideway will be similar to other GO lines/locations where trains pass by residential homes and businesses. Passengers on the lower level of the GO Train will not be able to see over the noise walls on the elevated guideway. Customers riding on the upper level of the coaches will be able to see over the top. 

 

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Earlier in this process, Metrolinx was considering some innovative locomotive options. Is this still under consideration? Is there any progress in evaluating candidate technologies / products? Such an option is highly attractive from an environmental angle... and could significantly reduce the otherwise high cost (and long wait) for an electrified Barrie line.

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Metrolinx
Jul 22, 2021 - 11:26

As part of the future service scenario, the GO Rail Network is anticipated to maintain a mixed fleet, including diesel, electric and EMU locomotives. Under the current GO Expansion Program, Metrolinx is actively procuring a single contractor to design, build, operate and maintain the GO Transit Rail Network. The successful proponent team will be responsible for selecting and delivering the right trains and infrastructure to unlock the benefits of GO Expansion. The contract is in a multi-year procurement process, and currently teams are completing the bids that will close in late 2021. Should you have any further questions, please reach out via [email protected]

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Anonymous's avatar
Jun 22, 2021 - 15:17

1) Why is Metrolinx spending so much time communicating with the community, but not providing the information we request?
(E.g. dB levels of equipment and expected noise, dates and times of expected noise)
2) Why is Metronlinx skipping the step of thinking logically about what information the community needs?
(E.g. Notice for evening and weekend work in ADVANCE; not just evening work; not just official work (vs other, just as loud/disruptive noise which continues to be an issue years after Metrolinx agreed this would be considered work too and agreed to give notice)
3) Why does Metrolinx care so much about PR on paper but have such a deep lack of consideration when it comes to what the community wants?
(E.g. Lip service galore)

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Metrolinx
Jul 6, 2021 - 13:15

Metrolinx engages with the community on this project in a variety of ways, including the Toronto West weekly newsletter, direct mail, the Davenport Diamond webpage, and the Construction Liaison Committee (CLC), which meets monthly and includes representatives from the community, local stakeholders, and representatives from Graham and Metrolinx. Information like sound levels, expected noise and dates and times are communicated in construction notices and distributed through these channels.

Metrolinx takes feedback regularly from the community on construction notices, and will continue to incorporate that feedback into the process. Through the CLC, actions are requested and resolved by the Project Delivery Team and Graham. The presentations from these meetings are posted publicly on our Davenport Diamond webpage and the meeting minutes are shared with the CLC members.

Metrolinx is committed to working with the community and regularly hosts engagements (like this one), publishes weekly newsletter updates, meets monthly with the CLC and responds directly to residents through our Toronto West inbox and intake number.

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Anonymous
Jun 22, 2021 - 16:09

When is the project expected to be completely finished? Any delays due to covid?

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Metrolinx
Jun 24, 2021 - 14:58

The project is expected to be complete by 2023. At this time we do not foresee any impacts to the construction schedule due to Covid-19.

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Anonymous
Jun 22, 2021 - 16:26

What is the height of the MSE walls?

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Metrolinx
Jun 24, 2021 - 14:57

At the highest point, the MSE walls will be approximately 7.5 m in height.

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What will happen to the section between south of Paton St. and the section north of Bloor St., adjacent to the MSE wall? It appears that it is not even mentioned in the scope of the subsequent Greenway Project. Could this mean that there are intentions to have this section as part of the new to be Metrolinx Bloor St station? Or intentions to utilize as part of a pathway to Lansdowne TTC subway station?

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Metrolinx
Jun 30, 2021 - 12:19

The MUT (multi-use trail) will be constructed from Paton Road to Wade Ave connection. The portion of the MUT south of the Wade connection is anticipated to be built as part of the Bloor-Lansdowne GO Station. 

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What is the anticipated date the Paton Road pedestrian underpass will be open for pedestrian usage?
Can a month and year be stated as the anticipated date?
List any dependent activities that may proceed it, if such as removal of existing ground track etc.
Will be open in 2 years today in 2023?

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Metrolinx
Jun 30, 2021 - 12:16

The Paton Road pedestrian underpass may be open as early as Spring 2023. The current Substantial Completion date is May 2023. There are no specific activities. Any delay to the project will delay the opening.

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