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Bloor GO/UP BBQ and Free Rides

You’re Invited

We want to show our thanks to the Bloor community!

On June 6, Metrolinx celebrates the launch of Union Pearson Express—the dedicated air-rail link that speeds travellers from Union Station downtown to Toronto Pearson, stopping at Bloor and Weston stations on the way. It’s a reliable 25 minute ride, with trains leaving every 15 minutes, 19 and a half hours per day.

Progress isn’t easy sometimes, and we know that the Bloor community has had to put up with our dust, our noise and inconveniences along the way.

So, on June 14, we want to thank you personally by offering a free ride on UP Express from 11 am to 3 pm. Please come down and see what we’ve built. There will be a BBQ, giveaways and lots of fun things to do for the whole family.

We’re working hard to build a city for the future, but we couldn’t have done it without you.

WHEN: 11 am to 3 pm, June 14
WHERE: The Bloor GO/UP Station Rail Path off Randolf Avenue

Public Meeting: Davenport Diamond Bridge

Download a PDF copy of this flyer here.


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.

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.

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.

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

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



Jane's Walk: The Railpath and its possibilities

West Toronto Railpath: South from the Wallace Bridge: Photo by Vic Gedris, 2010-05-09.West Toronto Railpath: South from the Wallace Bridge: Photo by Vic Gedris, 2010-05-09.

This Jane's Walk will take place on Saturday May 2 at 2:00 PM. Details are on the Jane's Walk website.

Join the people who co-designed the West Toronto Railpath to explore the story behind the Railpath and and think boldly about its potential. How can the Railpath be used as a green transportation link, as a catalyst for local economic development, as a canvass for creativity, and as a node of connection among communities? Where might bold thinking lead us? And what resources and champions are needed to get us there?

Starting point is at Dundas/Sterling. A group of people will be gathered at the entrance to the West Toronto Railpath near the sign for the path. At least one of us will be wearing a bright orange t-shirt with "Railpath Run" written on it.

Bloor-Perth Underpass Art - North Side Installation

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.

UP Express - Prices / Service to/from Downtown

Hi All:

Over the last few months I've been following up with Metrolinx about its plans for allowing people to board at Bloor heading to Union/vice versa. Given the UP Express will be stopping every 15 min in our neighborhood, I've been interested to learn whether/how accessible it will be for those wishing to board at Bloor heading downtown/or vice versa.

Originally, I was told by Metrolinx would be considering options for those in the Bloor/Weston area:

Barrie Line Rail Bridge - Meeting with Metrolinx

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

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.

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.

Bloor-Perth Underpass Art Project Consultation

Meeting invitation from Metrolinx. Download the original flyer with map and additional details here.

Help Choose Your Community’s Public Art!
Bloor-Perth Underpass Art Project Consultation

Crossways Employment and Social Services
2340 Dundas St. West 3rd floor suite 302
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Metrolinx and the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) program have teamed up to deliver locallyinspired
public art that deters graffiti-vandalism while adding vibrancy and artistry to the community. This is
one opportunity to review preliminary concepts and let the artists know what you want the art in your
community to look like.

The concepts will also be posted online for review and feedback at www.gotransit.com/gts from March 5th
to March 11th. The successful artist will be chosen based on various criteria, including how the
community’s input is represented in their final design.

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