WHAT: Public open house for GO Transit's Davenport Diamond grade separation project
WHEN: Wednesday April 22 2009, 5:30 to 8:30pm
WHERE: St. Josephat's School, 55 Pelham Ave. (map)
The following flyer is provided by GO Transit (Click through for a larger version):
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE #1
Davenport Diamond Rail to Rail Grade Separation
City of Toronto
GO Transit, the Province of Ontario's interregional public transit service for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas, is involved in an environmental assessment of the Davenport Diamond. The Study Area extends from Keele and Dufferin Streets to the West and East, and adjacent to Rogers Road and College Street in the North and South (as shown in the map).
GO trains operating on the Newmarket corridor between Union Station and Barrie cross over the CP North Toronto corridor just south of Davenport Road. It is proposed that a grade separation of the Davenport Diamond will improve rail access along the two corridors.
A flyer for GO Transit's Davenport Diamond Rail to Rail Grade Separation project public meeting on Wednesday April 22, 2009.
The following event information was provided by the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre:
EAST OF THE TRACKS: NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTION
IF THE PILE DRIVERS ARE DRIVING YOU CRAZY....
COME TO A
THURSDAY, APRIL 23RD 7 P.M.
DAVENPORT PERTH NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE
1900 DAVENPORT ROAD (BETWEEN SYMINGTON AND OLD WESTON)
Arts and Crafts Table for the Children
Interpreters in various languages
The monthly DIGIN meeting takes place on Tuesday April 14th, 7pm at the Wallace-Emerson Community Centre. This month's meeting is of particular interested to residents of the Junction Triangle. The main item on the agenda is a presentation by Mike Sullivan, chair of the Weston Community Coalition, speaking about the Georgetown South Service Expansion and how the significant increase in train traffic may affect our neighbourhood.
Looking north from the Wallace Ave. Pedestrian Bridge as a GO Train rides north through a snow storm.
Photo by Vic Gedris, 2008-12-19.
Today Metrolinx issued a Notice of Commencement for the Georgetown South Service Expansion and Union-Pearson Rail Link Project (GSSE).
There will be a series of Open House meetings during the month of April. Here are the details of our local meeting:
When: Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: The Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON (map).
If you can't make it to the local meeting, there will be five other sessions along the length of the study area. You can view the list here. An "online virtual house" will also be available starting April 15th.
The details below come from the Metrolinx meeting announcement flyer. Further details about the whole GSSE project can be found on the Metrolinx website.
If you wish to discuss this project, please use our forum.
Pile driver, part of GO Transit's West Toronto Diamond rail grade separation project. Viewed from the south end of Old Weston Rd. at Dupont St.
Photo by Vic Gedris, 2009-03-28.
We have reported on the GO Transit rail grade separation project in the past, but in the last few days it seems that members of the Junction community and their local politicians have been making their complaints known in a stronger way.
On the afternoon of Friday March 27th there was a rally on Hook Ave., where residents along with Parkdale - High Park MPP Cherie DiNovo demonstrated against the excessive noise of the pile driving.
This morning, Monday March 30th, CityNews featured this story on Breakfast Television and broadcast the construction noise on live TV.
The ongoing noise from the pile driving, which may take up to 16 months, affects people on "our side of the tracks" as much as it does the people in The Junction. However, I haven't heard as many complaints from residents here, or action from any levels of government. In Parkdale - High Park, MP Gerrard Kennedy, MPP Cheri DiNovo and Councillor Gord Perks have all sent around information about this project and tried to get the noise issues resolved.
Residents of Hook Ave. have started a discussion list about the piling noise. This is probably the best place to get the most recent updates on the issue.
This is very short notice, but I just read about this upcoming rally over on the Junctioneer blog:
Rally for noise and shutter happening with the West Toronto Diamond construction
There's a good chance that you have noticed all of the construction happening at the West Toronto Diamond (where the major railway corridors intersect), especially if you live in the north-west corner of our neighbourhood. The pile driving can occasionally be heard as far away as Symington and Bloor.
The Junctioneer Blog has posted about this project, and included some good links to more documentation about it.
The following message was posted to Councillor Gord Perks' blog:
Go Transit grade separation project in CN/CP rail corridors
Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding the construction noise and vibrations at the West Toronto Diamond Rail Yard.
Please be advised that the City of Toronto’s Noise By-law is not applicable when the noise is generated as a result of activities on either provincial or federal lands.
I have received several complaints about the noise emanating from the site. In response to those complaints, I have asked staff to contact GO Transit who are responsible for overseeing the construction activities. I understand that GO is well aware that some of the noise and vibration as a result of the pile driving activities may be of concern to some of the area residents. Staff kindly asked them to attempt to resolve the neighbourhood’s concerns. I understand that City staff were advised that all construction work is occurring during the hours our Noise By-law would normally permit, however our Noise By-law is not applicable in this case.
The City’s GO contact has provided me with telephone numbers and contact information for the public to call to address any concerns they have about the on-going work. As of February 23, 2009, the public can contact McCormack Rankin, the contract administrator, at 416-604-9582.
You may also want to contact the office of MP Gerard Kennedy at 416-769-5072 or by email at KenneG1@parl.gc.ca should your complaints not be resolved in a timely manner.