I haven't really posted on this website in a very long time. So here's a simple photo-post to change that.
Hey Guys, I took this pic of the old rail underpass by Paton Road.
Thought i would share.
Email from Metrolinx on Feb 10 2016:
The Davenport Diamond Grade Separation project is intended to eliminate the ‘Davenport Diamond’, one of the busiest train intersections in North America, where CP Rail freight trains and GO Transit passenger trains cross at a ground-level rail crossing.
Continuing the Conversation on the Davenport Diamond
In addition to the start of Transit Project Assessment Project for the Davenport Diamond Grade Separation project on January 28 and opportunities to provide comment as a part of that process, we are continuing to seek feedback on the initial overpass design concept and the elements of the bridge that are important to you and the community. To review the preliminary design direction and share your feedback, please visit metrolinx.com/RERDavenport.
Over the coming weeks and months, there will be a number of opportunities to provide feedback, answer questions and provide clarification on plans for the Davenport Diamond Grade Separation. Throughout February, we will be hosting community drop-in sessions to give you an opportunity to stop by and speak directly to us to answer any questions you may have and record your feedback as part of the formal record for the project. Please join us at:
Wednesday, February 24
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1589 Dupont St.
Friday, February 26
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
MPP Cristina Martins
1199 Bloor St. W.
Saturday, February 27
12 noon – 2 p.m.
1589 Dupont St.
We look forward to seeing you there.
As you may have heard, Metrolinx has officially commenced the TPAP (Transit Project Assessment Process) for their chosen bridge option for the Davenport Diamond Grade Separation. Basically, they're moving forward with building the "super bridge" along the edge of the Junction Triangle without further study of other options.
Local group Options For Davenport has decided that since Metrolinx is not doing a full environmental assessment of all options, they will do it on their own. You can read Options For Davenport's press release here.
This Wednesday, February 10th 2016, Options For Davenport are inviting the community to a launch party for the EA process. Here are the details from the Facebook events page:
When: Wednesday February 10 at 7 PM - 10 PM
Where: Peppers Cafe, 189 Wallace Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6H 1V5
Come out for a drink and say hello as we celebrate the launch of this exciting community-based venture.
Members of the Options team will give a short talk around 7:30 to introduce some of the key ideas around our Community EA, including our rationale for doing it, what we hope to achieve, and how you can be involved.
Feel free to invite friends from other parts of the neighbourhood, too.
We look forward to seeing you there!
If you missed last night's public meeting about Metrolinx's Davenport Diamond bridge, or if you're excited to see it again, you can enjoy it in full HD Youtube glory. I made a video of the whole thing.
It's posted on Youtube in nine parts. Sam and Laura from Options for Davenport's section starts in Part 4. Public Q&A (or very little A, actually) starts in Part 7. You can see the whole thing by following this playlist link.
Below are the individual embedded clips. Enjoy!
Meeting notice from Metrolinx. You can view the original PDF here.
Public Meeting Notice
Davenport Diamond Grade Separation
Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, is working to transform the way the region moves. As part of plans to use GO rail corridors as the backbone of an electrified rapid transit network that connects communities and people through a reliable, frequent rail and light rail service, we are looking at ways to remove the Davenport Diamond rail-to-rail crossing to increase reliability and safety.
As a unique piece of rail infrastructure, options to remove the crossing have been reviewed and the public meeting focused on the feasibility or technical study outlining the community impacts of the options. This meeting builds on the feasibility report and provides an opportunity to view and provide feedback on the design work that has been completed to support Metrolinx’s commitment to design excellence and community building.
Come and Learn More
In preparation for the commencement of the Transit Project Assessment Process in January 2016, this meeting will include a presentation on preliminary design work on options to remove the crossing and provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions in advance of the start of the formal 30-day public consultation period.
Date: Monday, January 18, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre*, 1900 Davenport Road, Toronto, Ontario
* This location is accessible.
I haven't been keeping up with posting about the Davenport Diamond Grade Separation project (aka "Superbridge", "Gardiner For GO Trains", etc.) here on the JT website recently.
If you're interested in following this issue closely and working with a group of local residents who are opposed to the bridge being built, please check out Options For Davenport on their website, Facebook group, and Twitter @Opt4Davenport.
Most of the discussion is on Facebook these days, but for those without accounts you can still discuss it here on the JT website.
PLEASE JOIN US for our annual Pumpkin Lighting in Carlton Park (on Edith Avenue) on Sunday, November 1st, 2015, starting at 6:30 p.m. and continuing to 11:00 p.m.
Bring your jack-o-lanterns (with a tealight inside), line them up around the wading pool, and light them in a dazzling display of Halloween creativity that will delight children and adults alike. At midnight, the lights will be doused and the pumpkins left at the park for pick up the next day for composting.
Children have a wonderful time dashing about and playing with each other in the twilight, while adults have a chance to visit and get to know their neighbours in this fun community-building event.
So invite your friends and neighbours, bring a thermos of hot cocoa or cider and your pumpkins, and come enjoy this creative community gathering before we all hibernate for the winter!
Please use this forum for discussing local issues related to the October 19 2015 Canadian Federal Election.
Keep in mind that this website is dedicated to the Junction Triangle neighbourhood. Let's keep the discussions here focused on local issues and our Davenport candidates.
Note: I will update this forum with other information and links to candidates as the information becomes available. Feel free to add more info / links in the comments.
The official/current list of candidates is on the Elections Canada website.
If you are unable to run/walk, perhaps you can volunteer on the day of the event.