Georgetown South ProjectCIVIC ENGAGEMENT, TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNITY PLANNING<br />Clean Train Student Coalition<br />April 14, 2010<br />
GTS Project: Overview<br />The GO Georgetown line is at capacity<br />Investment to build the core infrastructure to support increased inter-regional commuter rail<br />It will connect two of Canada’s busiest transportation hubs – Union Station and Pearson International Airport<br />One of the first The Big Move projects to be implemented<br />
The Facts<br />Getting people out of cars and onto transit is one of the best ways to deal with gridlock and air quality<br />On opening day, 2015, there will be approximately 210 train trips in the GTS corridor<br />This includes 10 extra GO Georgetown trains plus 140 airport rail two-car shuttles<br />TheBig Move identifies express rail and regional rail for transit expansion<br />
Necessary Expansion<br />GTHA Growth:<br />Every year, 150,000 new people settle in the GTHA<br />Service region is growing by approximately 150,000 people annually<br />Necessary to accommodate future growth on Georgetown, Guelph, Kitchener/Waterloo, Milton, Barrie, and Bolton lines<br />
Regional and Local Benefits<br />Removal of level crossings (safety, traffic flow)<br />Supporting a strong and vibrant downtown Toronto – local tax base<br />Improved GO Trains service and airport rail shuttle stops at Bloor and Weston<br />Economic stimulus – over 10,000 jobs created<br />Connecting Canada’s two busiest transportation hubs: Union Station and Pearson Airport<br />
Community Engagement during the EA<br />Consultation<br />18 public open houses, over 2,000 attendees<br />Community design charrette<br />Virtual open house – available 24/7 online<br />Dozens of one-on-one community meetings <br />Communications<br />Website and regular e-mail distribution<br />Updates for elected officials<br />Public notices in community and daily newspapers<br />Community mailings and leaflet drops<br />
Results of Consultation<br />Weston stop for the airport rail shuttle<br />Lowering of the rail corridor and covered tunnel in Weston<br />Lowering of the rail corridor and pedestrian- and bike-friendly overpass in Strachan<br />John St. pedestrian bridge in Weston<br />
Community Perception<br />Consultation not extensive<br />Not all of the options were shared with everyone<br />Working groups are not representative of the community<br />Metrolinx was selective of who they met with and when<br />
Lessons Learned<br />Perception is reality<br />Hindsight is 20/20<br /> Opportunities for improvement<br /> Need to think outside the regulatory box<br />Each community is different and requires a tailored communications approach<br />How we communicate is just as important as what we communicate<br />Don’t be afraid to share information even if we don’t have all of the answers<br />
What are we doing now<br />We are committed to being responsive, transparent and credible<br />Resources on the ground, in the community<br />9 member community relations team<br />2 community drop-in offices, Weston and Strachan (opening day Summer 2010)<br />Community meetings and open houses<br />Engagement plan to keep all stakeholders informed<br />
Electrification Study - Consultation<br />First electrification study for the entire GO rail network<br />Terms of Reference – developed by key stakeholders<br />former community advisory committee members<br />Representatives: environment/health, community, planning, business, Community<br />Stakeholder meetings in March, June, October<br />Consultation with community groups<br />Regular Website updates<br />Consultations with government and technical stakeholders (rail and electrical supply and distribution)<br />
Community Engagement Plan<br />Regular meetings and updates for elected officials, community groups<br />Community meetings/open houses<br />Face-to-face communications in the affected communities<br />One point of contact for all community issues<br />Advance notice of all project work – design, construction, impacts<br />
What’s next<br />We are in the process of finishing our engagement with elected officials<br />To continue our meetings with community stakeholders<br />As the project continues, we will be communicating and meeting with affected residents prior to final design and construction<br />We will be updating our Website, www.gotransit.com/gts<br />Source of information and provide regular updates<br />12-month outlooks for all of the ongoing construction projects and sites<br />
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