What does increased diesel traffic along the borders of our triangle mean for the community? The newly formed Junction Triangle Rail Committee will focus on the merits of electrification and the construction of the Davenport Diamond overpass/separation on the eastern side of the neighbourhood.
The Junction Triangle Rail Committee is all for more trains, but we strongly feel electrification is long overdue and Metrolinx must consider the impact of their expansion plans on residents in this neighbourhood. GO Transit and the Government of Ontario have been talking about electrifying the lines since the 1960s, but each decade the plan gets dismissed for being too costly. And each decade, the costs increase. But what about the long-term costs of diesel exhaust?
As a growing committee, we have several ideas brewing. In July, we organized the Sunday Picnics in the Park series, and in August we hosted a meet-the-candidates event at Boo Radley’s. Next up, we’ll help local artists Richard Mongiat and Jeff Winch bring a grand art installation to the Junction Triangle. On October 2, come out for our all-night Scotiabank Nuit Blanche event, Rail of Light, at the Wallace Bridge.
We see ourselves as a distinct group, separate from others like the Clean Train Coalition, but also happy to overlap when necessary. So far we've discovered that these communities are officially for electrification:
West Bend Community Association
Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents' Association
Junction Residents Association
Mount Denis Community Association
Weston Community Coalition
High Park Residents Association
Junction Triangle Rail Committee
Carleton Village Residents Association
We want the Junction Triangle to be part of that growing network.
Surrounded by rails, the Junction Triangle stands right at the centre of this controversy and deserves a voice. If you're interested in joining the push for electrification right here in your own neighbourhood and want Metrolinx to practice responsible construction methods that won't drive people from their homes, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or using the online contact form.