You’re Invited: Toronto’s Eglinton Connects Project Public Workshops May 27 & 28 and June 4, 2013

This video presents “Metrolinx awards $320-million light rail transit tunnel contract for Toronto Eglinton Crosstown”:

  • Ontario government agency Metrolinx announced its board of directors approved a $320-million construction contract for a tunnel on a light rail transit project in Toronto

Metrolinx is investing approximately $6 billion in the design and construction of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) line which will:

  • be completed by 2020
  • run between Weston Road in the west, and Kennedy subway station in the east as shown in this Eglinton Crosstown LRT map:
Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) line map
Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) line map

The Eglinton Connects Study is:

  • complementary to Metrolinx’s work
  • about evaluating options to take advantage of new transit infrastructure along Eglinton, which is being designed to accommodate a growing Toronto
  • needed to make decisions about how to grow with transit:
      • This includes thinking about where people will live and work, and what kind and size of buildings will be along Eglinton in the future

        • Help choose among options to shape the future of your community

        • Here’s an example of a mid-rise option that will be presented for one of the Focus Areas:

    City of Toronto's image: An example of a mid-rise option
    City of Toronto’s image: An example of a mid-rise option
    • City of Toronto also needs to make decisions about how the streets will function, how they will look, and what features they will have

      • Did you know? Mayor Rob Ford will be recognized as the skyscraper city mayor because Toronto’s skyline is currently undergoing an unprecedented and historic change. Toronto has never seen the kind of upward expansion that we are now experiencing. We are becoming a skyscraper city.

        • Toronto is building more skyscrapers than any other city in the Western world and has more tall buildings under construction than any other North American city

        • 157 completed skyscrapers for Toronto

        • 112 more skyscrapers are in the construction and planning phases

        • 23 of the 25 tallest buildings to be completed in Toronto by 2016 are being built for residential use and that five will be taller than 200 metres

        • Aura at College Park, scheduled for completion in 2014, will be the fourth tallest building in Toronto and at 272 metres, will become the tallest primarily residential building in North America

    • An Environmental Assessment was completed for the LRT, which contained
      • approved transit designs

      • portions of the Eglinton transit corridor streetscape (where the LRT will run in the centre of the street)

        • Eglinton Crosstown is a 19 kilometre light rail transit line that will run along Eglinton Avenue through the heart of Toronto,
          • with an underground central section between Black Creek in the west and Laird in the east

          • Eglinton Crosstown LRT line will connect Mount Dennis (at Black Creek Drive) in the west to Kennedy Road in the east; the new service will be up to 60% faster than bus service today

This video presents “Tunnelling for The Crosstown”:

  • Metrolinx is moving ahead on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project, part of the Province’s 8.4 billion dollar investment in transit expansion for Toronto

  • All of these decisions, and many others, will guide the development of this Study

The March 2013 – Consultation Summary Report

  • Over 500 people participated and engaged in the February consultation series
  • Hundreds more took the second survey
  • The results of the survey and consultation are important to the Eglinton Connects work and will be considered in developing options

Get involved to have your voice heard and help Toronto build on this foundation!

  • Join Eglinton Connects team on May 27, 28, or June 4
  • This is the third round of consultations in the Eglinton Connects project
  • Feedback and input at previous sessions were considered in developing options for the future of Eglinton
    • These options will be discussed on May 27, May 28, and June 4

    • Have your say about which option you like best, and help make each option better

  • Key questions to be discussed include:
    • What is the best use of street space to serve all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and drivers?

    • How might we add more public space, trees, vegetation, and connections to parks?

    • What kind of development should be located in the six Focus Areas?

    • How should we manage residential, mixed-use, and employment growth?

Public Workshops – May 27, May 28, and June 4

  • Public workshops will be held at three different locations along Eglinton,
  • You are invited  to attend any of the following workshops:
    • East Workshop
      Monday, May 27

      Ontario Science Centre
      770 Don Mills Road
      (near Don Mills and Eglinton)

    • Central Workshop
      Tuesday, May 28

      Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
      730 Eglinton Avenue West
      (near Chaplin and Eglinton)

  • All Workshops
    • 6:00 pm Display Panels and Q&A with the Study Team

    • 6:30 pm Overview Presentation

    • 7:00 – 9:00 pm Breakout Sessions/Workshops

  • You may drop in at any time
  • At each of the workshops:
    • The display panels and presentation will be largely the same

    • However, the Breakout Sessions/Workshops will include a discussion of areas where more intense development may be appropriate

      • These Focus Areas will be discussed as follows:
        • East Workshop: Laird, Don Mills, Golden Mile

        • Central Workshop: Dufferin, Bayview, and Laird

        • West Workshop: Caledonia, Dufferin

 Eglinton Connects Contact Info:

  • Lorna Day, Project Manager
    Eglinton Scarborough Crosstown Planning Study
    Metro Hall 55 John Street, 22nd Floor
    Toronto, Ontario M5V 3C6
  • Phone: 416-338-2848


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