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Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation
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Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update: Environmental Project Report Addendum Presentation

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Metrolinx invites you to view a presentation from a follow-up meeting on the east tunnel extension to just east of Don Mills Station. A public meeting was held in December to provide a project update, …

Metrolinx invites you to view a presentation from a follow-up meeting on the east tunnel extension to just east of Don Mills Station. A public meeting was held in December to provide a project update, to present proposed changes to the tunnel alignment, and to receive input from the public on those changes. Now, Metrolinx wants to share the input received and discuss next steps.Have your say at thecrosstown.ca.

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  • 1. Welcome to Our Open HouseLAIRD DRIVE TO DON VALLEY PARKWAYADDENDUM TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT REPORTPlease sign-in so that we may provide you with updateson future events.Feel free to speak with any of the project team members,we’re here to answer your questions!December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 1
  • 2. Purpose of Tonight’s Open HouseSince the approval of the Environmental Project Report (EPR) for The EglintonCrosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project by the Minister of the Environment in2010, Metrolinx is proposing to change the location of the eastern Tunnel BoringMachine (TBM) launch site east of Brentcliffe Road to a site at the southwestcorner of Eglinton Avenue East and Don Mills Road intersection.The proposed relocation of the launch area also results in a change in the LRTalignment between the proposed Laird Station and Don Mills Station, from asurface LRT line approved in the EPR to underground LRT line.The purpose of tonight’s open house is to share the input received regarding thechanges and discuss next steps.More details on the changes to the project are presented in the following panels.December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 2
  • 3. PART ONEDecember 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 3
  • 4. What We Heard at the December 2012 PICWe received many comments (approx 190) at and following theDecember 2012 Public Information Centre (PIC). Key comments can besummarized as follows:• General support for an underground LRT alignment to Don Mills Station;• Mixed support / concern regarding the loss of the proposed Leslie and Ferrand LRT stops;• Suggestions to consider an alternative LRT alignment OVER the West Don River; and• Complete the project as soon as possible.December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 4
  • 5. Updated Project Description based on theDecember 2012 PIC• Ferrand Stop can be accommodated;• Preferred Launch site continues to be at Don Mills;• Tunnel Extension from Laird Station to Don Mills; and• Leslie Stop remains eliminated.December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 5
  • 6. Why an Addendum to the EPR is Required?The approved Project in the 2010 EPR included a street-level LRT alignment withinthe centre of Eglinton Avenue between Brentcliffe Avenue and Don Valley Parkway,with a short underground section for the station at Don Mills Road, and withsurface stops at Leslie Street and Ferrand Drive.The changes to the Project between Laird Drive and Don Valley Parkway include: • An extension to the tunnel section from Laird Station to the Don Mills Station; • 3 Emergency Exit Buildings (EEB’s) to meet Fire Life Safety requirements; and • Removal of the surface stop at Leslie Street.An Addendum to the EPR is required to assess the potential impacts associatedwith these changesDecember 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 6
  • 7. Why is the Change Needed?The TBM launch site proposed in the Previously proposed TBM launchapproved EPR at Brentcliffe Rd is no longer sitesuitable, due to: • New property constraints: new development to the south of the Brentcliffe launch site would require temporary shoring to protect the building foundation for the duration of construction, and construction noise mitigation measures may be insufficient • Traffic impacts / detour requirements: Traffic disruption would occur over a 28 month period during the operation of the launch siteDecember 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 7
  • 8. Why is the Change Needed? • Slope stability issues north of Eglinton at the Brentcliffe portal could impact the ability to permanently maintain 4 lanes of traffic at this location • Soil contamination issues: The preliminary design study identified contaminated soil at the Brentcliffe launch site that would have to be removed Alternative launch sites were therefore considered and assessed.December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 8
  • 9. Alternative TBM Launch Sites Considered2010 EA PLAN TBM Launch Site East of Brentcliffe Road • The TBM would tunnel westerly from the launch site to Chaplin Road • LRT on surface between Brentcliffe Road and Don Mills RoadOPTION 1 TBM Launch Site East of Bayview Avenue • The TBM would be launched twice from this site, once to tunnel westerly to Yonge Street, and once to tunnel easterly to Brentcliffe Road • LRT on surface between Brentcliffe Road and Don Mills RoadOPTION 2 TBM Launch Site West of Don Mills Road • The TBM would be tunnel westerly to Yonge Street from the launch site • LRT in tunnel between Brentcliffe Road and Don Mills RoadDecember 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 9
  • 10. Launch Site Option 1: East of Bayview Ave OPTION 1 • Launch site located on public school lands / sports field in residential neighbourhood • Two TBM drives (eastbound and westbound) requires setting up and extracting TBM twice: ― Requires additional TBM extraction shaft Example: TBM launch shaft ― Results in extended duration of under construction construction disruption up to 29 monthsPhoto of Site: • Potential for noise impacts to nearby residential developments and school during construction • No other changes to previously-approved LRT plan required December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 10
  • 11. Launch Site Option 2: West of Don Mills Rd OPTION 2 • Launch site located on publicly-owned lands in mixed use area • No noise-sensitive receptors adjacent to construction site • Large launch site allows for efficient construction • Eglinton Ave right-of-way can accommodate construction activities Photo of Site: while maintaining full traffic capacity • Requires extension of LRT tunnel from Laird Station to Don Mills Station • Proposed Leslie LRT stop removed • Allows for higher LRT operating speeds between Laird and Don Mills due to fully exclusive operationDecember 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 11
  • 12. Recommended Launch Site LocationThe recommended TBM launch site is the Don Mills Road site• Larger launch site allows for more efficient construction and traffic staging• Improved LRT operations between Laird Station and Don Mills Station• Fewer sensitive noise receptors nearby Revisions to the Launch Site location result in the requirement to change the alignment between Brentcliffe Road and the Don Valley Parkway December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 12
  • 13. Effects of the Change: Leslie LRT Stop 2010 Plan The change to the alignment results in the Leslie Stop being moved underground. Given low ridership forecasts and limited opportunity for future development, the costs associated with an underground LRT Station at Current Proposed Plan this location (est. $80M) are not justified. It is proposed that this stop be removed. Modified Bus routes would provide connections between Leslie Street and Laird LRT Station.December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 13
  • 14. Effects of the Change: Leslie LRT Stop•The walk-in ridership catchment area for the Leslie LRT Station – typically a 500m radius from the station – contains a low density of trip-generating developments, with little potential for new development due to the presence of protected park lands.•This results in a station with one of the lowest forecast passenger activity rates for the entire Eglinton Crosstown LRT. December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 14
  • 15. Effects of the Change: Leslie LRT StopModified TTC Bus Routes• Consistent with the approved plan for the Eglinton LRT, the TTC will be modifying bus routes 51 and 56 through the Leslie Street / Eglinton Avenue area, as shown in the adjacent figure.• These routes will provide transit connectivity between the Laird LRT Station, the existing and future development along Leslie Street, and the park lands to the north and south of Eglinton Avenue. December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 15
  • 16. Effects of the Change: Leslie LRT StopPedestrian Connections• Pedestrian connections from the Laird and Don Mills LRT Stations to the park lands at the intersection of Eglinton Avenue and Leslie Street exist today.• Metrolinx will work with the active transportation community and the City of Toronto to improve the streetscape along Eglinton Avenue between Laird and Don Mills Stations through this project. December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 16
  • 17. Ferrand LRT Stop• At the previous PIC (December 2012), it was proposed that the Ferrand LRT Stop be removed due to geometric constraints.• The LRT design and operational plan has been revisited, and it is now feasible to maintain the proposed Ferrand LRT Stop.• The Ferrand LRT Stop has therefore been reinstated in the current proposed LRT plan, consistent with the previously-approved plan.December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 17
  • 18. Commitments to Future WorkMetrolinx is proceeding with the delivery of the Eglinton LRT through Public PrivatePartnership and Alternative Financing + Procurement (AFP)Through this process Metrolinx is committed to:• Continuing Public Consultation: Consult with the public, property owners and stakeholder agencies during the design of the LRT alignment, stops/ stations, bus terminals and ancillary facilities.• Incorporate City of Toronto urban design criteria into the design of the LRT facilities.• Construction Issues: Conduct further research, analysis and develop plans including : ― Noise, vibration and air emissions monitoring and mitigation ― Traffic, transit and pedestrian management strategies ― Utility and municipal services relocation plans ― Emergency response plans (Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services) ― Vegetation restoration, edge management and streetscape plans ― Soil and groundwater management strategy ― Erosion and sedimentation control plan 18December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update
  • 19. PART TWODecember 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 19
  • 20. Comments received •The evening of the Open House Dec 11, 2012 •On-line survey results received by Jan 4, 2013 •Email comments and mail @ Community OfficeComment Format TallyWritten Comments at the Open House Dec 3111, 2012On-line surveys received to Jan 21, 2013 135Email comments and mail received at project 25Community OfficeDecember 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update
  • 21. General QuestionsWhy is this change happening now? During the initial environmental assessment (2010), a concept is proposed. As the process of detailed engineering begins, costs and contract details before refined and additional considerations are discovered. Any changes to the number or locations of stops must go through an Environmental Assessment Amendment process. The considerations would have been important then had they been known at the time of the preparation of the EPR. But this is why we have the environmental assessment process, to enable further research and investigation.What are the benefits of the proposed changes? The proposed change will result in significant improvements to construction staging, schedule and traffic impacts. Although the length of the tunnel would increase by approximately one kilometre, cost savings associated with the elimination of a crossover and storage track at Laird Station and the elimination of a tunnel launch/extraction shaft at Bayview Avenue offset the additional tunnel costs. December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update
  • 22. General Questions cont’dIs it not possible to construct thelaunch shaft on the north side ofEglinton? No. There is not enough space available to construct it on the north side.
  • 23. Leslie Stop/StationWhy is the Leslie LRT stop being eliminated? The costs associated with an underground station at Leslie are not be justified given low ridership forecasts. It would be the highest cost station, with the lowest ridership on the LRT line.What information has Metrolinx taken into account in estimating ridership levels atLeslie Street? The travel demand forecasts shown in the Environmental Project Report were based on land use/development forecasts for the City of Toronto for the year 2031. Information is based on the City of Toronto Official Plan. Only the northeast corner of the Leslie Street/Eglinton East intersection has development potential.What about all the people that access the park for many special events? Stations are planned on the basis of ridership during peak travel periods. Metrolinx will work with the City and the local community to enhance access to the parks system from the Don Mills and Laird Stations. December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update
  • 24. Leslie Stop/Station cont’dGiven that an emergency exit is required around Leslie Street, why not justconstructa station? Construction of an emergency exit is relatively simple and inexpensive compared to the cost of constructing a station and the footprint required is not much more than a standard office space.Does the tunnel construction make possible the addition of a Leslie Street stationin the future? Additional stations on the underground route are possible. However, co- ordination of station construction and tunnelling work is preferred in order to maximize the construction investment. A future station at Leslie Street is technically feasible, but the limited ridership potential at that location does not justify the expense of a station.December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update
  • 25. LRT Service and Bus RoutesWith no stop at Leslie, how will transitriders connect to the LRT? Bus routes would be modified to provide enhanced connections between Leslie Street and Laird Station. During peak travel periods, passengers will be served by a Leslie/Laird bus every ten minutes.What will be the impact on traffic of aLaird Street station? There will be no bus station or loop at the Laird Station. The Leslie/Laird turn south on Laird, stop in front of the station and passengers will transfer into the underground station.
  • 26. Alignment Option: Over West Don RiverWill the team consider an underground option that crosses OVER the West DonRiver?This alternative is NOT RECOMMENDED as it requires (and therefore does notaddress the issues with) a TBM Launch Site at Brentcliffe. December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 26
  • 27. Active Transportation-Walking and Cycling How does the change affect plans for bike lanes on Eglinton east of Laird committed to in the 2010 approved plan?  Metrolinx is consulting and coordinating with the City of Toronto City Planning and Transportation Services Divisions to develop a plan to provide enhanced pedestrian access and bike lanes along Eglinton Avenue.December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update
  • 28. Next StepsFollowing the Public Information Centre, the Project Team will:• Finalize the Environmental Project Report (EPR) Addendum, summarizing the study findings and recommendations;• Receive Recommendations and Approvals from the Metrolinx Board• File the EPR Addendum for a 30-day public and agency review and comment period;• Following the 30-day review period, the EPR Addendum and responses to any comments submitted during the review period will be submitted to the Minister of the Environment for approval.December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 28
  • 29. Consultation ProcessDecember 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 29
  • 30. The Crosstown TeamPlease get in touch with us Visit our West Community OfficeFranca Di Giovanni at 1848 Eglinton Avenue WestDenise Jayawardene (at Dufferin)Mark Iogna Community Office Hours — 2013Nicole Di Carlo Monday, Wednesday, Friday:Grace Lau 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.E-mail: crosstown@metrolinx.com Tuesday & Thursday: by appointmentOnline: www.thecrosstown.caTel: 416-782-8118December 11, 2012 Eglinton LRT: Laird Drive to Don Valley Parkway Update 30

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