Public Meeting: Davenport Diamond Bridge

May 12 2015 19:00
May 12 2015 21:00

Download a PDF copy of this flyer here.

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
DAVENPORT COMMUNITY RAIL OVERPASS

Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, is working to transform the way the region moves by building a fast, convenient and integrated transit network across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Metrolinx is moving forward with Regional Express Rail (RER), a program that will provide significant new travel choices on the GO Transit network across the region.

WHAT WE ARE PLANNING
Metrolinx is planning to build an elevated rail corridor that follows the current GO Transit route between Bloor Street West and Davenport Road. The Davenport Community Rail Overpass 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.

WHAT WE ARE DOING
Metrolinx is in the early stages of assessing the environmental impacts of this transit project by completing an Environmental Assessment following the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP), as prescribed by Ontario Regulation 231/08 made under the Environmental Assessment Act. As part of the TPAP, we are beginning our engagement with our neighbours and stakeholders.

COME AND MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS
Metrolinx randomly recruited 36 residents to participate on a Residents’ Reference Panel to work on behalf of their community to ensure that the Davenport Community Rail Overpass benefits the neighbourhood. The Panel invites you and your neighbours to be part of this process by engaging with Metrolinx and the Panel to learn more about the project, share your thoughts and to stay involved.

Please join us:
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre*, 1900 Davenport Road, Toronto, ON M6N 1B7
*This location is accessible.

CP Rail construction near Osler crossing

Notice of railroad work - North Toronto Sub, Toronto, ON

Please take note CP has construction work scheduled to begin May 11 east of the railway crossing on Osler Street in Toronto. This important work is part of a signal system upgrade that will enhance the safe operations of rail traffic in the area.

Work will take place from 0800h to 1600h, Monday to Friday. Residents should expect to see and hear machinery such as compactors, excavators and concrete trucks equipped with back up alarms as part of this work.

Additionally, steel piles will be installed May 27-June 5, excluding the weekend, to support the new infrastructure. This will lead to some increased noise and vibration from the construction area.

Residents with questions or concerns about our operations can call our 24/7 toll-free Community Connect line at: 1 (800) 766-7912 or email community_connect@cpr.ca

Ward 18 Transit Town Hall

May 13 2015 18:30
May 13 2015 21:00

Meeting info from Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailao's office:

Ward 18 Transit Town Hall

Among the most important issues to Ward 18 residents and our City as a whole is transit. It is imperative that we improve both existing options and build new transit routes in order to catch up after years of under-investment.

Please join me, Deputy City Manager John Livey and TTC Chair Josh Colle at our upcoming Transit Town Hall where we will discuss local and city-wide transit service improvements, including SmartTrack.

WHEN: MAY 13, 2015 AT 6:30PM

WHERE: NEW HORIZONS TOWER, AUDITORIUM, 1140 BLOOR ST. W., TORONTO

CONTACT: WWW.ANABAILAO.CA · 416-392-7012

Jane's Walk: Diamonds Aren't Forever

May 3 2015 13:00
May 3 2015 13:00

Davenport DiamondDavenport Diamond

This Jane's Walk will take place on Sunday May 3 at 1:00 PM. Details are on the Jane's Walk website.

The Davenport Diamond is a railway intersection near Dupont St. and Lansdowne Ave. where the East-West CP Rail tracks and North-South GO Transit Barrie Line tracks meet. More info here: http://www.junctiontriangle.ca/DavenportDiamond

Community Cleanup Day

Apr 18 2015 10:00
Apr 18 2015 15:00

Cleaning up the Railpath: Photo by Vic Gedris, 2012-04-21.Cleaning up the Railpath: Photo by Vic Gedris, 2012-04-21.

This weekend, April 18-19, is Clean Toronto Together, the annual Spring cleanup in our city. There are several cleanups scheduled for the Junction Triangle area. Here's a list. Leave a comment if you have another cleanup to add.

Saturday April 18:

  • Perth Park (and beyond) - 10:00am - Organized by some Junction Triangle parents (Info here)
  • Carlton Park - 10:00am - Organized by some Junction Triangle parents (Info here)
  • West Toronto Railpath (Bloor to Dundas/Sterling) - 12:00 noon - Organized by the Parkdale Road Runners (Info here)
  • Campbell Park - 1:00pm - Organized by some Junction Triangle parents

Bloor-Perth Underpass Art - North Side Installation

Apr 17 2015 10:00
Apr 19 2015 17:00

Angel Carillo (aka Cruz1) was selected by a StreetARToronto jury to curate a mural in the railway underpass on Bloor St. between Perth Ave. and Dundas St. West. The "Wallnoize 6" event on April 17-19 will see a large group of selected local graffiti artists transform the north side wall in their own unique styles. Each of the 20+ artists will get their own panel tow work with on the wall.

A few weekends later in May, another group of artists will paint the the south side of the underpass with a graffiti-styled letters, each artist painting one letter of the alphabet in their own way.

Coyote sighting at Perth park

While walking my dog through Perth park this morning (March 28th @ 7am) a coyote ran through the park along the perimeter. It was headed north west and disappeared around the corner on Parkman ave. It seemed to be in a hurry or lost. It didn't look at us just kept running. I am certain it was a coyote and it was not small.

Barrie Line Rail Bridge - Meeting with Metrolinx

Mar 11 2015 19:00
Mar 11 2015 21:00

DIGIN has organized a meeting with Metrolinx regarding the proposed Davenport Diamond Grade Separation project. Details from DIGIN coordinator Donna Cowan below.

Hi all,

The meeting with Metrolinx regarding the upcoming renovations to the Barrie rail line has been set up for this Wednesday.

Here are the details:

Wednesday March 11th
7pm start
Doors open at 6:45pm

Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre
1900 Davenport Avenue
GARDEN Room

The room has been reserved under my name, DIGIN as well as Metrolinx.

Directions to the room:
Once in front door the reception will be on the left. Keep walking straight.
Stay to the left of the staircase. You will feel as if you are exiting the building.
Under the stairs on the right is the Garden Room. Was hrooms are on the left.

There are bike locks out front and possibly in the back in view of the room. Automobile parking is on the street.

5th Anniversary of Junction Triangle Naming Project

Mar 16 2015 20:00
Mar 16 2015 23:00

Monday, March 16 marks the fifth anniversary of the Junction Triangle naming project.

Archival material from the two-year project will be posted all day Monday on neighbourhood Facebook pages and at JunctionTriangle.ca.

To help celebrate the occasion, residents are invited to join with their neighbours at Boo Radley’s (1482 Dupont Street) beginning at 8 p.m. Councillor Ana Bailao will be on hand as our VIP guest.

Come and help us mark a turning point in neighbourhood history in a spirited manner!

Davenport Diamond Grade Separation

Metrolinx is planning to grade-separate the railway tracks that run along the east side of our neighbourhood (between Campbell Ave. and Lansdowne) and the CN Tracks on the north side of our neighbourhood (between Dupont and Davenport). Here's the Google Map link.

Currently, these tracks cross each other at-grade, meaning that they intersect at ground level. Trains travelling along the north-south tracks must wait for east-west trains to finish passing through before they can proceed, and vice-versa. The grade separation plan proposes to elevate the north-south GO Transit Barrie Line tracks over the Davenport Diamond, eliminating the intersection and train traffic conflicts.

Though no details have been provided yet about exactly how this grade separation will occur, the summary basically goes like this:

  • A bridge will be built to carry GO trains on the Barrie line over the east-west freight line
  • The bridge would start ramping up from just north of Bloor St., proceed over the Davenport Diamond, and return to ground level north of the Diamond (probably between Davenport Rd. and St. Clair Ave.
  • Wallace Ave. would not be closed (as was possible in one of the previous grade separation proposals)
  • Some additional track crossings may be opened up, e.g. Paton Rd. or Antler St. / Lappin Ave.
  • Space under the bridge could potentially be re-purposed by the community (Park? Trail? Other?)

Timelines, construction methods, costs/funding, and other details have not been provided yet, though I expect some of that will be made available soon.

This thread will be updated as we continue to find out more. All comments and discussions related to this project will be consolidated here too.

Note: Grade separation was previously discussed in 2009 with a few options proposed, but this ended up getting rolled into a larger Barrie corridor expansion EA and shelved until recently.

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