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Virtual Open House: West EMSF – Caledonia

Metrolinx and Crosslinx open houses are 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 presentation deck and video of this Autumn’s West EMSF – Caledonia open house. 

You can also download the presentation PDF below. 

Note: We will work to ensure questions are answered within 3-5 business days.

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Question submission will close on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020.

Questions not related to this presentation? You can submit them via the ‘Contact Us’ form.

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Metrolinx
Nov 10, 2020 - 14:28

Each Virtual Open House (VOH) consists of a project update presentation deck and video, in addition to a question submission section. A PDF of the presentation can also be downloaded

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Metrolinx
Nov 10, 2020 - 14:28

Each Virtual Open House (VOH) consists of a project update presentation deck and video, in addition to a question submission section. A PDF of the presentation can also be downloaded

W. K. Lis's avatar

In case the elevators go out-of-service, will the stairways have runnels (channels) on them to allow bicycle and/or wheelchairs (motorized or regular) to use them?

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_stairway for more information.

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Metrolinx
Nov 11, 2020 - 17:17

Bicycle runnels will be installed in stations on all public stairs.

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Metrolinx
Nov 10, 2020 - 14:29

As a safety precaution during COVID-19, we are not offering public tours of the station at this time. We will look to revisit this once it is safe to do so.

Anonymous's avatar

Metrolinx committed to retaining the Kodak building and dedicating it for community uses. Please advise what plans are for the non-commercial main floor and program rooms?

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Metrolinx
Nov 7, 2020 - 15:49

We remain as committed as always to being an active participant in discussions about what comes next for the Kodak building. However, the building is currently still in the midst of a very active construction site and is therefore not available for use at this time.  While the ECLRT is finishing up, the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension is just getting started to bring much needed transit further west through Etobicoke and into Mississauga. Therefore, work will continue in the area for several years and we'll continue to provide updates to the community and discuss together as we move forward. 
 

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Metrolinx
Nov 7, 2020 - 15:51

Hello, if you are refering to the approach that will need to be built to tie in the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension (ECWE) to Mount Dennis Station, that design is currently in the early planning phase. There are two packages of work for the ECWE; the advance tunnel work, which is scheduled to begin next year, and then the stations, rail and systems work. The tie in is part of the second work package and is anticipated to begin in 2025/2026. As the design progresses, that work will be the subject of a future engagement. If that doesn't answer your question please clarify and we'll try again. Thank you.

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Metrolinx
Nov 10, 2020 - 14:26

Each Virtual Open House (VOH) consists of a project update presentation deck and video, in addition to a question submission section. A PDF of the presentation can also be downloaded

Anonymous's avatar

As the Crosslinx contract is closing and property control is transferred back to Metrolinx for operations, our assumption is that the sites to the east of the Kodak Building and at the north west corner of the MSF property are now ready to be put forward for future development. Mount Dennis community is planning for a post secondary campus as you know and would like these sites dedicated to campus development so that we can proceed with planning and partnering with higher education institutions that would design and operate the campus facilities. Mount Dennis ecoNeighbourhood Campus Development and Planning Group is interested in developing a learning research innovations centre for sustainable transportation and energy technologies and ask that Metrolinx partner. Please consider the training needs for your current and future workers and how such a campus might engage with you as a major industry and leader of the sustainable transportation sector.

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Metrolinx
Nov 7, 2020 - 16:14

Thank you for your comments. The Eglinton Crosstown team has been working closely with the Mount Dennis community and the City of Toronto on the approach for the maintenance and storage facility (MSF) including the Kodak building, for nearly 10yrs. The MSF is a critical component of the rapid transit line.  This past June, the Province of Ontario and Metrolinx released an additional Addendum to the 2010 ECLRT Environmental Project Report, which includes consideration for the MSF and potential reconfiguration on the land owned by Metrolinx to accommodate more vehicles, facilities, staff and TTC operators required for the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension. 
The final design of the project requirements at MSF are anticipated to be made clear for the stations, rail and systems contract, expected to begin in 2025/26. In the meantime, we remain as committed as always to being an active participant in discussions about what comes next for the maintenance and storage facility, and the Kodak building. Metrolinx is already an active participant in ongoing meetings regarding the EcoNeighbourhood campus idea and will continue to engage and provide updates as we move forward. We thank you for your patience. 
 

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Mount Dennis ecoNeighbourhood Initiative is looking for major sites in the area to organize renaturalizing as a climate action. During the construction of the MSF, Crosslinx deforested the Black Creek slope, which had not been identified in planning stage. We are interested in working with you to renaturalize this area, possibly connecting it to a research /learning program with the future campus partner and future youth jobs project. Please consider asap.

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Metrolinx
Nov 7, 2020 - 16:23

Thank you, we are certainly committed to continued discussions about what's next for the MSF area. As you may know, while the ECLRT is finishing up the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension is just getting started to bring much needed transit further west through Etobicoke and into Mississauga. The MSF is vital to this expansion therefore work will continue in the area for several years and we'll continue to provide updates to the community and discuss opportunities together as the project design moves forward. 

Anonymous's avatar

We are looking for Metrolinx, future MSF operators (Bombardier/Alstom?) and TTC to extend community benefits to operations and procurement in ways that increase local community job opportunities...

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Metrolinx
Nov 7, 2020 - 16:33

Hello, if you are asking about the hiring process for service delivery - the TTC will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Eglinton Crosstown, integrated as part of their transit system. Please clarify if that has not addressed your comment. Thank you. 

Anonymous's avatar

Concessions at the station and Kodak Building "commercial area" offer portential for incubating enterprises that can then relocate and grow, or remain and act as training businesses for the on-site staff. Will Metrolinx/TTC include this opportunity in their commercial space planning?

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Metrolinx
Nov 7, 2020 - 15:56

Thank you for your comment. We remain as committed as always to being an active participant in discussions about what comes next for the maintenance and storage facility, and the Kodak building. The building and the site surrounding it is currently still in the midst of very active construction and is therefore not available for use at this time. We will continue the discusison with the community as the work progresses. 

mike's avatar

A bus trip could take 4 hours, so you are saying crosstown takes less than 2 hours 16 minutes? Pretty pathetic for billions spent! And you sound like Bad Boy flogging appliances. Please be professional and give estimated trip times between hubs.

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Metrolinx
Nov 10, 2020 - 14:31

The speed will be up to 60% faster than current bus service. Someone going from Keelesdale Station in the west to Kennedy Station east will be able to do so in approximately 38 minutes compared to 73 minutes by bus.

mike's avatar

Not what I expect from a government agency. You can afford to use a no ad channel, or host the videos on a government server. And you will avoid embarrassment when you serve up inappropriate ads!

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Metrolinx
Nov 10, 2020 - 14:30

The Eglinton Crosstown uses a free YouTube account to promote video content. Ads shown to users are determined by YouTube algorithms and are out of our control.

Rick's avatar

Also, station and Kodak building have lots of wall space that needs art! Connection with Urban Arts as youth training space?

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Metrolinx
Nov 7, 2020 - 16:07

Thank you for your suggestion. We remain as committed as always to being an active participant in discussions about what comes next for the Kodak building and the maintenance and storage facility. As you may know, the area is currently still in the midst of a very active construction site and is therefore not available for public or commercial use. We will continue the discusison with the community about any future opportunities as the work progresses.

No impacts to the Bank of Nova Scotia Building (1151 Weston Road) are anticipated at this time. Should any potential impacts to the property be identified as design of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension progresses, we will discuss the situation with the community and undertake additional heritage studies, as required.

mike's avatar

I've been in hotel suites with bigger washrooms, and if the washroom is at Mount Dennis hub ( it seemed to be ) it seems quite inadequate for projected ridership. Either bad washroom design, or bad breadboarding of your video, because I'd hate to arrive there in rush hour in need of facilities!

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Metrolinx
Nov 10, 2020 - 14:50

Similar to TTC, interchange stations like Mount Dennis will have 2 stalls and 1 urinal in the men's washroom and 3 stalls in the women's washroom.

Rick's avatar

This could be a future Campus residence site and we would like to include it in the work of the Campus Development PLanning Group. We understand the Western lrt extension will need storage for cut and cover across Weston Rd, but this should take ? 2? years to complete and then other sites available for matl storage further west of Jane.

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Metrolinx
Nov 7, 2020 - 16:09

As you may know, the final design of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension project requirements at the maintenance and storage facility are anticipated to be made clear for the stations, rail and systems contract, expected to begin in 2025/26. In the meantime, we remain as committed as always to being an active participant in discussions about what comes next for the property and the Kodak biulding. Metrolinx is an active participant in ongoing meetings regarding the EcoNeighbourhood campus idea and will continue to engage and provide updates as we move forward.  

Rick's avatar

Interested in the potential use when not required by Metrolinx, and how it might be configured into a local minigrid ie Does Metrolinx plan to have power connections to the TTC platforms for electric bus charging? Maybe a larger solar feed can keep the battery fed if it is in use locally, as the Toronto Hydro representative suggested it would be when the Battery was announced.

Rick's avatar

A huge opportunity to stage plays and performances relating to reconciliation, settlement and justice issues affecting Toronto and our neighbourhood

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Metrolinx
Nov 7, 2020 - 16:09

Thank you for your suggestion. We remain as committed as always to being an active participant in discussions about what comes next for the Kodak building. As you may know, the building is currently still in the midst of a very active construction site and is therefore not available for public or commercial use. We will continue the discusison with the community about any future opportunities as the work progresses. 

Rick's avatar

Under yourTransit oriented communities program, acquired sites that are not permanently needed once construction is completed will be put on the market for development. What are plans for lands at the 2 non school corners at Keele and Eglinton? And can Mx ensure that future development on these sites, once declared surplus, includes residential developments that will reach CMHC's guideline for affordability---not just high end condos or 10 percent under average city market rent (which has been driven sky high by downtown condos, and definitely not reflective of neighbourhood population's capacity to afford). Also, can you ensure community benefit provisions are included in TOC calls for proposals, and that buildings are reaching for highest green standards (Mount Dennis designated as Net Zero Neighbourhood by the City)?

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Metrolinx
Nov 9, 2020 - 16:40

Thank you for your comment. Public engagement is key to transit oriented communities however, at this time the parcels of land at Keele/Eglinton are still active construction sites and required for delivery of the Crosstown. As always, any land that could potentially become surplus in the future would be subject to the Ontario Realty Directive and in the event that a third party is constructing a TOC development, they would be subject to the municipal planning process where these matters are discussed with the community and decided with public input. 

W. K. Lis's avatar

When will the completion of the Eglinton Avenue West & Keelesdale Road (that connects with Photography Drive) intersection begin? That's includes the removal of the concrete median, and the installation of traffic signals (west of Black Creek Drive).

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Metrolinx
Nov 10, 2020 - 16:49

This work is expected to commence Summer 2021 through to Fall 2021.

Anonymous's avatar

Test section between Mount Dennis and Caledonia is operational. Track is laid to Fairbanks station and Oakwood is ready for track. Overhead Catenary being installed to Fairbanks and Oakwood. Longer test runs would help complete 600 km burn in sooner. Gives the opportunity to test tunnels, track, signals and overhead catenary all the way to Oakwood.

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Metrolinx
Nov 10, 2020 - 15:01

Vehicle testing will continue throughout the remainder of the year and into 2021. Vehicle testing east of Caledonia Station is expected to start sometime next year.

Anonymous's avatar

It would be really interesting to see a full testing video from Mount Dennis to Caledonia, and I'm sure lots of people would really love to see it. If there is one available, a link to it would be great.

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Metrolinx
Nov 10, 2020 - 15:10

A new vehicle testing video will be released very soon on our YouTube channel - CrosstownTO, along with a blog post on blog.metrolinx.com