Earlier this week on Monday January 18, Metrolinx held a public meeting to present preliminary design work on options to remove the crossing and to provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions and provide feedback. It was great to see hundreds of engaged and passionate community members attend to share their views on this proposed piece of transit infrastructure that will impact our community for the next 100 years. As you can see in the photo, the room was full.
During the meeting I had the opportunity to share some of my thoughts with the room. I acknowledged Metrolinx who has come back with some changes to their plans and also MPP Martins who acknowledged and supported residents' calls to delay the TPAP process.
As I mentioned at the meeting, I still have some outstanding concerns with this project including but not limited to:
- No commitment to build a station at Bloor St W
- Safety concerns over crash walls to protect our community
- No commitment on conducting an international design competition
- No commitment on connecting the proposed multi-use trail to the West Toronto Railpath
It is important to point out that a step was missed in this process, where the City and the community was not initially consulted on the various options to bypass the Davenport Diamond. Our community has been clear that we recognize the need for expanded transit infrastructure across the GTA but we also deserve to have been consulted on the options at the start of this process and not afterwards.
If you missed the meeting, Metrolinx has posted their design plans here. I am working with local residents groups, relevant stakeholders, City staff, Metrolinx, and the Provincial government to fight for the best possible outcome for our community. As always, you can view my previous updates on this project by clicking here.