Perth Square Park
Thursday, August 30, 2012
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
More diesel trains appear to be coming to the Junction Triangle (JT) as the provincial government rushes to build a rail link to the airport in time for the Pam Am Games in 2015. Frustrated by government’s unwillingness to address the shortcomings in their plan, Mothers of the Junction Triangle are hosting a potluck and taking their concerns directly to Premier Dalton McGuinty.
If you want to see electric trains running on the Georgetown corridor, join us in the park. There will be food, fun for the kids and a special direct line to the Premier’s office where everyone is invited to tell him what you think.
Lots of great things are happening in the Junction Triangle. Schoolyard revitalization and library expansion are underway because people are coming together with a shared purpose and aiming high. We can bring change to public transit in the same way; a shared purpose with the aim of persuading the decision-maker, Dalton McGuinty that electric rail is our choice.
August 8, 2012
Mr. Dalton McGuinty
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
Dear Mr. McGuinty:
Like a number of residents in the Junction Triangle in West Toronto, I am dismayed by the actions of your government related to the expansion of diesel train service and the Pearson airport rail link.
After years of delay and misinformation, the government’s own consultant stated clearly at a Metrolinx public meeting on June 27 that there are no technical issues preventing the construction of an electric rail airport link except the political will. Construction could be completed in time for the Pan Am Games (three years) and cost about $400-million.
It is regrettable that no member of your government attended this meeting to answer questions. During the past several years and repeated attempts to meet, no member of your government has ever attended a public meeting to address the concerns of Junction Triangle residents. As we experienced on June 27, a government agency and hired consultants with no decision-making authority have been put forward to deflect questions.
There are many good reasons to expand public transit, but nothing suggests rushing to install diesel technology in time for a two-week sporting event will have any benefit for the people in West Toronto forced to live with this legacy for the next generation.
Despite policy differences, you have always struck me as a pragmatic and reasonable person. Could we arrange a time to meet with you and the Transportation Minister to discuss this matter? Many thanks for your consideration.
Junction Triangle Rail Committee
Cc. All members, Junction Triangle Rail Committee
Construction update provided by Metrolinx. Please download the original notice here (188K PDF file).
Georgetown South Project
The West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation Project is an important rail infrastructure project that will eliminate a major bottleneck at the most heavily used rail crossing in Canada. When completed, GO trains on the Kitchener line will pass below CP freight lines, and this will improve service reliability, reduce noise, and allow for future service improvements to reduce congestion in the northwest of Toronto.
Annual CP Rail Track Closure
Extended Hours: 24 Hours a day from July 3 -16
What we are doing
- Removing CP Rail’s connecting track and excavating the roadway so we can work on the walls of the lowered rail corridor in this area
- Cleaning and reinforcing the pipe piles
- Forming tunnels under the tracks and roadway to prepare for the final bridge installation and excavation of the corridor
How this will affect you
- Work will take place for 24 hours a day due to the short period of time available during the annual CP Rail track closure. This track closure is only available once a year for approximately two weeks.
- This work does not produce elevated levels of noise or vibration. Nearby residents may hear the sounds of construction equipment operating and see lighting in the work area overnight.
Please note: This work is crucial to reopening the rail crossing at Junction Road and Old Weston Road. We plan to reopen the rail crossing in September. It will need to be closed in late 2012 or early 2013 for 2 to 3 months to install the north bridge portion. It will then close again in the fall of 2013 for a few months to install the south portion.
Please visit gotransit.com/gts for updates or please call Kelly at 416-604-9582 for more information.
Meeting notice from Metrolinx:
The Georgetown South (GTS) Project will provide infrastructure improvements to meet existing GO Transit ridership demand and future growth. It will also accommodate existing and future VIA Rail and CN freight train service as well as the new Air Rail Link between Union Station and Pearson International Airport.
Metrolinx is holding a public meeting to provide an update on the Electrification of the Kitchener and Lakeshore rail corridors, including the new Airport Rail Link (ARL) service.
We hope you can join us to learn about the process and discuss it with us further.
Wednesday June 27, 2012
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6P 1A6
This venue is wheelchair accessible
At this public meeting, project team members will provide information and an update on the:
- Environmental Assessment process for electrification of the ARL service along the Kitchener corridor
- Electrification design for the Kitchener and Lakeshore rail corridors
- Development of performance standards for electrification for the Kitchener and Lakeshore rail corridors
The Montreal Airport Authority is proposing finally building an airport rail link. Following the lead of Vancouver they are going electric, making it truly available to most people, and building a commuter aspect that will create greater ridership and revenue. It gets harder and harder to justify the system that Dalton McGuinty wants as a photo op for the Pan Am games when other cities are building systems of the future.
Message from Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailão, with meeting poster attached:
As you are aware, Metrolinx has been active making infrastructure upgrades to the Georgetown Rail Corridor. Among the upgrades are new sound walls which will run along various parts of the corridor and our neighbourhoods.
As there are a number of options for material and design of these sound walls, I have organized a public meeting for community groups to be informed about these options and be involved in this process.
I encourage anyone interested to attend a presentation by Metrolinx staff on April 30th to hear about available options and provide input into the final design.
Date: April 30rd
Start Time: 6:30pm
Location: Shirley St. Public School, Gym
38 Shirley Street, Toronto
Federal MP Andrew Cash and provincial MPP Jonah Schein will be hosting an afternoon community festival on Railpath centering on the Wallace entrance. There will be community tables, short speeches about the diesel train issue, and entertainment.
Details will be coming and I will update as soon as I get them.
The following meeting info was sent in by Kelly from Metrolinx:
West Toronto Diamond Construction Liaison Meeting
This monthly meeting is an opportunity for residents meet the construction project delivery team to review ongoing construction and what is planned in the coming months. As always, you can contact our community relations team at any time with any questions or concerns. This is simply an opportunity for our neighbours to ask specific questions with the construction delivery team in attendance.
The next meeting will be:
Thursday March 22, 2012
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
West Toronto Diamond Community Office
18 Hook Avenue, Suite 204
For more information, please contact Kelly at 416-604-9582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update from Metrolinx. You can download the original PDF announcement here.
The West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation Project is an important rail infrastructure project that will eliminate a major bottleneck at the most heavily used rail crossing in Canada. When completed, GO trains on the Kitchener line will pass below CP freight lines, and this will improve service reliability, reduce noise, improve safety, and allow for future service improvements to reduce congestion in the northwest of Toronto.
West Toronto Diamond – Sunday Work
Temporary change in working hours
What we are doing
- Interlocking sheet-piles will be installed to allow us to work in smaller sections, removing water and excavating.
- Much of this work is being done during the week; however, some of it must be done over the weekend when trains are not operating.
- Weekend hours for this work are confirmed for Saturday February 25 and Sunday February 26.
- If the work can not be finished in one weekend, Sunday hours may be required in March or April.
How this will affect you
- Nearby residents will notice an increase in noise levels during this work. The vibratory method used for installation causes a distinct steel-on-steel rattle.
- Please note that we continue to monitor noise and vibration as we complete this work.
- Workers will be onsite from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
"Jeff's documentary Bending the Rails, set here in our neighbourhood, is airing on Rogers at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 14th. Hope you can tune in! [Link to more info on the Rogers TV website]"
If you go to the Rogers website, you can watch a short promo trailer for the film.
Also, in addition to the film, Rogers will feature an interview with Jeff Winch. Tune in if you can!
"Bending The Rails is a documentary by Toronto filmmaker Jeff Winch about a local issue directly affecting The Junction Triangle. The Junction is surrounded by railway lines and the film focuses on the increase of diesel train traffic scheduled to pass through the area. Citizens along the rail corridor want clean electric trains and fear the negative impact toxic diesel pollution will have on their neighbourhoods. Rogers TV presents an in depth interview with Jeff Winch and a screening of his film all in a special one hour presentation."