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FINCH WEST LIGHT RAIL VEHICLE
MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE FACILITY
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
July 9, 2014 |...
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Welcome to the Open House
Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project
Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF)
Environment...
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Purpose of Tonight’s
Open House
Explain how the EA will address potential impacts
and propose mitigation measures
Seek...
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What is a MSF?
 Provide maintenance service and
storage tracks for overnight storage
of the Light Rail Vehicles.
 Elem...
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Finch West LRT Context
MSF Location
Operational by 2020 (including MSF)
Pending future funding
• Approximately 11 kms of...
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MSF Site Selection Process
 A previous assessment was developed by TTC to identify a location to
accommodate the Finch ...
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Maintenance and Storage Facility
View from Southwest Corner of Site
The MSF will service
up to 75 LRV for the
Finch Wes...
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Finch West MSF EA Process
 Step 1 (Preliminary Planning): Presenting the Site, Establishing Conceptual Site
Design, and...
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Environmental Factors
 Natural Environment
 Terrestrial and Aquatic
 Geology and Hydrogeology
 Cultural Environment
...
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Existing Conditions - Terrestrial and Aquatic
 Predominately grassy
meadow within an urban
setting.
 Ontario Species ...
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Existing Conditions - Geology & Groundwater
 No significant regional
aquifer present.
 No existing contamination
on-s...
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Noise and Vibration
Sensitive Areas
Existing Conditions - Noise & Vibration
 Dominant source of
existing noise and
vib...
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Existing Conditions - Air Quality
 Dust, fine particulate, VOCs
and other air contaminants
were surveyed.
 A number o...
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Existing Conditions - Land Use
 North: Hydro Corridor with existing
recreational trail and soccer fields
 East: Shopp...
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 No identified Cultural Heritage
Resources on-site and within 500
metres of site.
 Site cleared of Archaeological
Con...
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Existing Conditions -
Traffic &Transportation
 Existing traffic operates within acceptable levels of service
all key i...
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Impact Assessment & Mitigation
 As part of the EA Process, we will assess environmental factors.
 Modeling of environ...
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Infrastructure Ontario Process
 The project will be designed and
constructed using IO’s Alternative
Financing and Proc...
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Finch West MSF EA Framework
 The project is carried out under Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit
Project Assessment (T...
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Consultation Process Timelines
Public
Open House 1
July 9, 2014
Online
Consultation
July 9 to July 23,
2014
Public
Open...
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What Happens Next?
 Please submit MSF EA comments to the
project team by July 23, 2014.
 All comments received from t...
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Thank you for participating!
Please get in touch with us:
WEBSITE www.metrolinx.com/finchwest
EMAIL finchwest@metrolinx...
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Finch MSF EA Consultation July 7, 2014 - MSF specific

  1. 1. 1 FINCH WEST LIGHT RAIL VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE FACILITY ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE July 9, 2014 | Julius Banquet Centre 2201 Finch Avenue West 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  2. 2. 2 Welcome to the Open House Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) Environmental Assessment Please sign-in so that we may provide you with updates on future events. • Comment sheets are available • E-mail: finchwest@metrolinx.com • Online: www.metrolinx.com/finchwest
  3. 3. 3 Purpose of Tonight’s Open House 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
  4. 4. 4 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  Operations, and  Electrical Substation Typical MSF -TTC Leslie Barns Concept MSF (formerly Ashbridges Bay) Typical MSF - Sheppard East Concept MSF
  5. 5. 5 Finch West LRT Context MSF Location 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 Station For additional information on the LRT, please refer to LRT display boards shown separately.
  6. 6. 6 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 LRT line Site Availability/ Vacancy Site 1 x  x Site 2  x x Site 3 x  x Site 4    Site 1 - Southeast corner of Finch Ave. W & Weston Rd. Site 2 - #122 & #130 Arrow Rd. Site 3 - Finch Ave W between CN Rail & Chesswood Dr. Site 4 - Finch Ave. W between Norfinch Dr. & York Gate Blvd.
  7. 7. 7 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 Line.
  8. 8. 8 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.
  9. 9. 9 Environmental Factors  Natural Environment  Terrestrial and Aquatic  Geology and Hydrogeology  Cultural Environment  Cultural Heritage  Archaeology  Traffic & Transportation  Socio-Economic Environment  Land Use and Visual Character  Community Features  Noise and Vibration  Air Quality Environmental effects mitigation for conceptual site design will be developed based on an evaluation under all environmental factors combined with public and stakeholder input
  10. 10. 10 Existing Conditions - Terrestrial and Aquatic  Predominately grassy meadow within an urban setting.  Ontario Species at Risk bird identified within the study area.  Protected under Ontario Endangered Species Act Regulation 230/08.  No significant surface water or drainage pattern. View from Northwest Portion of Site View from West Portion of Site
  11. 11. 11 Existing Conditions - Geology & Groundwater  No significant regional aquifer present.  No existing contamination on-site.  Soil and groundwater results meet Ministry of Environment standards for residential/ parkland property use. On-site Groundwater Monitoring Well
  12. 12. 12 Noise and Vibration Sensitive Areas Existing Conditions - Noise & Vibration  Dominant source of existing noise and vibration is vehicular traffic.  Monitors were installed to measure existing noise and vibration levels at Sensitive Areas.  Vibration levels are typical to areas near arterial roadways. Residences along Wheatsheaf Cres, York Gate Blvd, & Elana Dr. Institutions along Finch Ave, Norfinch Dr, & Oakdale Rd.
  13. 13. 13 Existing Conditions - Air Quality  Dust, fine particulate, VOCs and other air contaminants were surveyed.  A number of facilities exist within one km of the property with the potential to emit air contaminants.  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.
  14. 14. 14 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 school  Southeast: Low density residential  Residential community north, east and south.  Highway 400 is a significant barrier west of site.
  15. 15. 15  No identified Cultural Heritage Resources on-site and within 500 metres of site.  Site cleared of Archaeological Concern. View from Southwest Portion of Site View from Northeast Portion of Site Existing Conditions - Cultural Heritage & Archaeology
  16. 16. 16 Existing Conditions - Traffic &Transportation  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)
  17. 17. 17 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.
  18. 18. 18 Infrastructure Ontario Process  The project will be designed and constructed using IO’s Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) delivery model which allows of technical innovation.  IO plays a key role in Ontario’s long- term infrastructure plan for public transit.  Metrolinx is partnering with Infrastructure Ontario (IO) to develop the MSF and the Finch West LRT.
  19. 19. 19 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.
  20. 20. 20 Consultation Process Timelines Public Open House 1 July 9, 2014 Online Consultation July 9 to July 23, 2014 Public Open House 2 September 2014 TPAP Notice of Commencement Fall 2014 Public Open House 3 Fall 2014 TPAP Statement of Completion Winter 2015 WE ARE HERE
  21. 21. 21 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, 2014; and  Visit the project website to view the latest project developments and future consultation.
  22. 22. 22 Thank you for participating! Please get in touch with us: WEBSITE www.metrolinx.com/finchwest EMAIL finchwest@metrolinx.com PHONE 416-782-8118 TTY 1-800-387-3652
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