Finch MSF EA Consultation July 7, 2014 - MSF specific
FINCH WEST LIGHT RAIL VEHICLE
MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE FACILITY
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
July 9, 2014 | Julius Banquet Centre
2201 Finch Avenue West
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Welcome to the Open House
Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project
Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF)
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Purpose of Tonight’s
Explain how the EA will address potential impacts
and propose mitigation measures
Seek your comments on existing conditions
Introduce the MSF to the public
Describe the MSF site
What is a MSF?
Provide maintenance service and
storage tracks for overnight storage
of the Light Rail Vehicles.
Elements of the MSF include:
Main Repair Shop
Maintenance of Way
Typical MSF -TTC Leslie Barns Concept MSF
(formerly Ashbridges Bay)
Typical MSF - Sheppard East Concept MSF
Finch West LRT Context
Operational by 2020 (including MSF)
Pending future funding
• Approximately 11 kms of surface
alignment from Humber College to
east of Keele Street
• 18 At Grade Stops
• 1 Below Grade Interchange
Station at Keele Street with
Spadina Subway Finch West
For additional information on
the LRT, please refer to LRT
display boards shown
MSF Site Selection Process
A previous assessment was developed by TTC to identify a location to
accommodate the Finch West MSF.
Site 4 has been selected as the optimal site for the MSF
and is carried forward as the focus of this EA
Property Size Proximity to
Site 1 x x
Site 2 x x
Site 3 x x
Site 1 - Southeast corner of Finch Ave. W &
Site 2 - #122 & #130 Arrow Rd.
Site 3 - Finch Ave W between CN Rail &
Site 4 - Finch Ave. W between Norfinch Dr. &
York Gate Blvd.
Maintenance and Storage Facility
View from Southwest Corner of Site
The MSF will service
up to 75 LRV for the
Finch West LRT Line
and future Jane LRT
Finch West MSF EA Process
Step 1 (Preliminary Planning): Presenting the Site, Establishing Conceptual Site
Design, and Documenting Existing Conditions.
Step 2 (TPAP): Assessment of Effects, Preparation of Environmental Project Report,
Public and Agency review.
Terrestrial and Aquatic
Geology and Hydrogeology
Traffic & Transportation
Land Use and Visual
Noise and Vibration
Environmental effects mitigation for conceptual site design will be
developed based on an evaluation under all environmental factors
combined with public and stakeholder input
Existing Conditions - Terrestrial and Aquatic
meadow within an urban
Ontario Species at Risk bird
identified within the study
Protected under Ontario
Endangered Species Act
No significant surface water
or drainage pattern.
View from Northwest Portion of Site
View from West Portion of Site
Existing Conditions - Geology & Groundwater
No significant regional
No existing contamination
Soil and groundwater
results meet Ministry of
Environment standards for
On-site Groundwater Monitoring Well
Noise and Vibration
Existing Conditions - Noise & Vibration
Dominant source of
existing noise and
vibration is vehicular
Monitors were installed to
measure existing noise
and vibration levels at
Vibration levels are typical
to areas near arterial
Residences along Wheatsheaf Cres, York
Gate Blvd, & Elana Dr. Institutions along
Finch Ave, Norfinch Dr, & Oakdale Rd.
Existing Conditions - Air Quality
Dust, fine particulate, VOCs
and other air contaminants
A number of facilities exist
within one km of the property
with the potential to emit air
Air Quality Indices (MOE
criteria) for existing fine
particulate and oxides of
nitrogen were “Very Good”
most of the time, and “Poor”
less than 7% of the time.
Existing Conditions - Land Use
North: Hydro Corridor with existing
recreational trail and soccer fields
East: Shopping Mall (York Gate Mall)
West & South: Hotels, Institutional
uses, including Humber River
Regional Hospital, police station,
multiple retirement residences, and a
Southeast: Low density residential
Residential community north, east
Highway 400 is a significant barrier
west of site.
No identified Cultural Heritage
Resources on-site and within 500
metres of site.
Site cleared of Archaeological
View from Southwest Portion of Site
View from Northeast Portion of Site
Existing Conditions -
Cultural Heritage & Archaeology
Existing Conditions -
Existing traffic operates within acceptable levels of service
all key intersections within study area.
Sidewalks present on both sides of all roadways.
Immediately serviced by three TTC bus routes, within close
proximity to two other TTC bus routes.
Existing off-road bicycle trail including bicycle-traffic signals
at intersection with York Gate Blvd.
On road bicycle lanes are planned on both sides of Finch
Avenue West as part of LRT implementation.
Typical Finch Avenue West Cross Section
(Jane Street to Weston Road)
Impact Assessment & Mitigation
As part of the EA Process, we will assess environmental factors.
Modeling of environmental factors will include:
Traffic assessment will predict changes in traffic flow along
roadways and at key intersections.
Noise and vibration assessment will show predicted decibel
outputs from the site.
Air dispersion model will show air contaminants at ground-level
for various receptor points near the site.
Further site assessments and field visits will occur for natural
environment and socio-economic conditions.
Measures to mitigation potential impacts will be considered in the
design, as required.
Infrastructure Ontario Process
The project will be designed and
constructed using IO’s Alternative
Financing and Procurement (AFP)
delivery model which allows of
IO plays a key role in Ontario’s long-
term infrastructure plan for public
Metrolinx is partnering with Infrastructure Ontario
(IO) to develop the MSF and the Finch West LRT.
Finch West MSF EA Framework
The project is carried out under Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit
Project Assessment (TPA) Process.
The effects of the MSF were not
assessed as part of the approved
Finch West LRT EA.
A new stand-alone EA for the Finch West MSF is underway.
Provides documentation of potential environmental effects and
proposed mitigation measures and seeks public comment.
Consultation Process Timelines
Open House 1
July 9, 2014
July 9 to July 23,
Open House 2
Open House 3
WE ARE HERE
What Happens Next?
Please submit MSF EA comments to the
project team by July 23, 2014.
All comments received from today’s session and throughout the
study will be reviewed and considered by the project team.
A Consultation Summary Report will be posted on the project
website in August 2014.
Using feedback, the project team will develop design(s) for the site.
Present the design(s) at a second Open House in September,
Visit the project website to view the latest project developments
and future consultation.
Thank you for participating!
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