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Eglinton Crosstown West Extension LIVE - November 3, 2021

On November 3, Metrolinx hosted a virtual house with our constructors, the West End Connectors (WEC). WEC provided an update on the tunneling contract and specifically about work happening at the pedestrian bridge just west of Scarlett Road. Representatives from Metrolinx and WEC provided a short presentation to discuss upcoming construction and answered questions from the public.

In case you missed the event, you’ll find the answers in the video recording below. We also received additional questions during the virtual session and are committed to answering those as well. Answers will be posted at the bottom of this page.

 

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As we continue to evolve the virtual engagement format, we are adding a call-in option for tonight’s event. To ask your question by voice, join the Zoom meeting here. We aim to keep each question and subsequent answer to 3 minutes allowing for as many call-in questions as possible.

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Agenda

6:30PM - 7:00PM: Project Update

7:00PM - 7:30PM: Questions and Answers

Presentation Materials

Meet the Speakers

David Panici

David Panici

Metrolinx ECWE Project Sponsor

Fernando Triana

Fernando Triana

Project Director (WEC)

Stephanie

Stephanie Chow

Communications & Public Engagement Lead (WEC)

Nasir Qureshi

Nasir Qureshi

MX ECWE Senior Project Manager

Hayat Muhammad

Hayat Muhammad

Traffic Manager (WEC)

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Anonymous's avatar

There is a long existing problem with cyclists crossing Eglinton in pedestrian crosswalk area and riding on sidewalk despite this being illegal and ignoring sign directing cyclists to walk their bike on sidewalk. Imperative new style markings be applied when extension takes place NOT when LRT is built. Work is stalled pending Metrolinx approval.

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Anonymous's avatar

using two twin tunnels for this extension is a big mistake because center platforms are unsafe for blind and nearsighted passengers & unfortunately you still build the same mistakes.

Don't believe me? well this 2 min. video will explain everything to you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTSs6s8My3I

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W. K. Lis's avatar

Will the same TBMs used between Renforth and Scarlett be used between Pearen Park (Eglinton Flats)? In 2015, the TBMs tunnelled from the west reached arrived Allen Road. They were extracted from the west side of Allen Road, moved across Eglinton Avenue, and re-inserted on the east side of Allen Road. Will something similar happen at Mt. Dennis?

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Anonymous
Oct 19, 2021 - 12:19

obviously, I think that 4 out of 7 stations should have side platforms to enhance safety for blind passengers.

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Anonymous's avatar
Oct 19, 2021 - 17:23

I think that perhaps the underground stations on this extension should be named after their nearby neighborhoods.
Westmount (Royal York)
Richmond gardens (Islington)
Richview park (Kipling)
Willowridge (Martin Grove)

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Anonymous's avatar
Oct 20, 2021 - 10:18

Reducing to one lane will back up westbound traffic. Traffic will also look for alternative routes through bordering neighbourhoods.
How will this be controlled?

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Rick's avatar

Can there be an addition of a crosswalk or traffic light at the east end of the Eglinton bridge over the Humber River, to accommodate cyclists from the bike path on the south side to cross to the trail leading to Emmett Ave? Alternatively, can a bike path be built on the north side of Eglinton?

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Anonymous's avatar
Oct 23, 2021 - 00:40

No offense, but it seems that the tapestry you're using for the Crosstown is boring, considering that only two colors grey and black, represents the regular stations. Can you try other colors for the tapestry like red, brown, light blue ,etc?

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Anonymous
Oct 26, 2021 - 00:10
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Anonymous's avatar
Oct 26, 2021 - 14:33

Since the station at Jane lrt wikll be a future transit hub with the future Jane LRT, shouldn't it's tapestry be orange?

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Anonymous's avatar
Oct 26, 2021 - 14:37

Personally I think that th' station at Jane st. should have at least one shelter for it's cener platform

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Anonymous
Oct 26, 2021 - 14:41

I think that Scarlett station should have a scarlett -red like color on it's tapestry

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Anonymous
Oct 26, 2021 - 14:44

Until the TBM(s) arrive, shouldn't you start conturstion already on Renforth station since it's below-grade?

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Anonymous
Oct 26, 2021 - 14:44

Until the TBM(s) arrive, shouldn't you start conturstion already on Renforth station since it's below-grade?

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Anonymous's avatar
Oct 30, 2021 - 21:53

I criticize underground center platforms because even if the stations is equipped with elevators, it's very unsafe for blind passengers because it can be struggling for them to find a wall to lean at so they can wait for their & since you neglect platform screen doors, you're making the platforms more dangerous because they might fall on tracks.

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 2, 2021 - 10:06

Will this extension replace the 900 Airport Express bus that from Kipling station or not

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 2, 2021 - 22:33

Despite proper lack of community consultation, Metrolinx is rushing through to establish an above-ground LRT in Mount Dennis by commencing with construction at Eglinton and Scarlett Road. Mount Dennis residents require further communication and consultation before this construction begins. Is Metrolinx willing to consult with the community?

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 2, 2021 - 22:34

Metrolinx’s superficial community engagement with our community regarding a proposed elevated rail line through our greenbelt space is unsatisfactory. Mount Dennis/YSW residents deserve a meaningful dialogue on this important matter of destroying our limited tree canopy. When can we expect meaningful dialogue, before we lose our precious parks?

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 2, 2021 - 22:40

The long-term financial, environmental and mental health costs of an elevated cement rail line and station(s) through Mount Dennis’ parkland far outweighs any short-sighted, short-term cost savings. The Gardiner Expressway and Scarborough RT are mistakes not to be repeated in our community. Keep the ECWE tunnelled, out of sight and out of sound.

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Anonymous's avatar

Eglington Flatts area is full of greenspace and treed areas, how will this be considered and approached in the design?

Wondering why the above ground elevated portion from Jane to Scarlett is so high vs the existing roadway. Can the rail elevation match the roadway so it doesn't stick out vs natural landscape and trees?

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 3, 2021 - 08:27

How long will Jane Street and Scarlett Road be closed for the proposed overpass transit station construction? Where will traffic be diverted during station construction? When is construction of the proposed overpass stations expected begin?

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 3, 2021 - 08:53

When will Metrolinx provide graphics that are to scale? Residents need to see accurate images showing the scale of impact the LRT portal, elevated guideway and overpass stations will have on parks in our community. Also the scope of realigning Eglinton west of Scarlett Road. Illustrations to date showing coloured lines and boxes seem misleading.

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Anonymous's avatar

How close to our backyards on Lemonwood is the tracks? How close will the bike path be?

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 3, 2021 - 11:44

How will cars get through when the road is ripped up? will traffic end up diverted to side streets?

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 3, 2021 - 14:04

There are a number of locations around the GTA where communities are outraged with Metrolinx destroying green space against the communities wishes. This community clearly does not want an elevated line through the historically significant and valuable green space between Jane and Scarlett. Will you listen to the community? Or just bully through?

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Anonymous's avatar

If you are elevating the line because of potential flooding, why not just request that long overdue flooding mitigation be put in place along the Humber? If you bury it flooding will not be a concern. The community does not want it elevated. Do we have to join other groups to fight your destruction of green space as a united GTA voice?

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 3, 2021 - 16:30

Mount Dennis will lose too many trees if Metrolinx builds the short above ground section. Isn’t it obvious that keeping the LRT tunnelled is crucial given the global climate crisis? Our community doesn't want cement replacing trees because of cost cutting. The tunnelled option is technically and financially possible and needs to be revisited asap!

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 3, 2021 - 17:14

Even though it's been over a month since the last meeting, you still have not responded to the question from Sept 28 with the most thumbs up votes (40+). It was written by an engineer: "A great idea to avoid the Eglinton/Jane flood basin" - https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/comment/9200#comment-9200
When will we finally get a response?

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Anonymous's avatar

We have lost southbound and eastbound bus shelters only recently replaced. Traffic signals are to be replaced. Scarlett Rd bike lane extension north from Humber River bridge is on hold pending Metrolinx approval.

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 3, 2021 - 18:29

It's unfair that our light rail system is the only system with no side platforms. plus Center platforms are unsafe for blind people & they can actually fall and get crushed by a train that on ATC!

Seriously why do you put profits before safety? Can you just use the boring machine for the Scarborough Subway Extension after that tunneling is done?

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Anonymous
Nov 3, 2021 - 18:31

I say that Renforth, Scarlett and two underground stations should have side platforms

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Anonymous
Nov 3, 2021 - 18:33

I think that at least one underground station should be mined so that one intersection at Eglinton can be less disrupted by construction

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 3, 2021 - 18:40

Did you FINALLY pick an alignment from Renforth to Pearson Airport

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 3, 2021 - 18:44

Which road will the LRT alignment run between Renfroth & Pearson? Silver Dart Dr. or Highway 427?

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 3, 2021 - 18:48

Why does Tunnel boring have be done 10 m every day? that's way more slow than a snail. Can't you speed it up to 20 m or 30 m at least?

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Anonymous's avatar

Using new boring machines would add to the cost of the project.

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Anonymous's avatar

Please look at cases around the world, transit tunnels under much larger waterways have been successfully constructed since the 1800s. Metrolinx has the funding and modern technology to continue a fully underground LRT. More cost savings in the long run, overhead infrastructure deteriorates, Gardiner and Scarborough RT ... prime examples!

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Anonymous's avatar
Nov 3, 2021 - 19:19

Metrolinx has promised York South-Weston residents a face-to-face group meeting at the Pearen Park to discuss the impact of the elevated guideway. Online meetings are not enough because even now, a lot of residents don't know how to use the Metrolinx Engage website. When it comes to dialogue, just look at the votes from all the posted questions.

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Anonymous's avatar

I support an elevated guideway & is preferred over at-grade tracks or expensive unnecessary tunneling. Ppl are unaware how many metro/LRT/subway systems in big cities are elevated or above ground, including NYC, Chicago, Mexico City & London. When/where can we access landscape plans showing the planting of new trees & landscaping along the route?

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