The City of Toronto is asking residents to be part of the important decisions that are being made to improve Toronto's rapid transit network, including current plans for SmartTrack, Scarborough Transit, the Relief Line and Waterfront Transit Reset.
Torontonians and residents of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area can provide input on these projects online or at public meetings the City is hosting in partnership with the Toronto Transit Commission and Waterfront Toronto, and in co-ordination with Metrolinx.
Details about the four key studies currently underway follow, along with the schedule of public meetings.
SmartTrack/GO Regional Express Rail
Updates will be presented for integration of SmartTrack and GO Regional Express Rail to improve rapid transit service on three GO corridors in Toronto. SmartTrack plans include more frequent service, additional stations and an integrated TTC fare. Options for the extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT west to Pearson Airport will also be discussed. Input on the plans can be provided at http://www.smarttrack.to or at an upcoming public meeting.
Scarborough Transit Planning
The Scarborough Subway Extension would extend the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2) north from Kennedy Station to Scarborough Centre. This extension will support the continued development of Scarborough Centre as a vibrant urban node. Updates on the evaluation of options for the Scarborough Subway Extension will be presented. Input on the plans can be provided online at http://www.scarboroughsubwayextension.ca or at an upcoming public meeting.
To improve transit access within Scarborough, options for an LRT are being examined to connect Kennedy Station and the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus along Eglinton Avenue, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue. This project would help to create complete communities within the corridor and would improve access to jobs and other destinations for people living near the corridor. Input on the approach can be provided at http://www.toronto.ca/transitTO or at an upcoming public meeting.
The Relief Line
A new subway line is being planned to connect the Bloor-Danforth Subway east of the Don River with downtown. This line will support city-building and relieve crowding on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway (Line 1), at Yonge-Bloor Subway Station, and on the surface transit routes coming in and out of downtown. Results of the evaluation of alignment options will be presented, along with proposed locations for station entrances. Input on the proposed route can be provided at http://www.reliefline.ca or at an upcoming public meeting.
Waterfront Transit 'Reset'
This study will establish a vision for a comprehensive waterfront transit network and identify current and future transit needs. A range of preliminary concepts will be developed and evaluated to help determine a preferred east-west waterfront transit solution that will integrate north-south transit and active transportation, linking people from across the city to the waterfront and its nearby destinations and attractions. Torontonians are asked to provide feedback on the vision at http://www.toronto.ca/transitTO or at an upcoming public meeting.
The following public meetings are scheduled on the four key initiatives, and a concluding meeting will address all the projects combined:
Waterfront Transit 'Reset'
Wednesday, May 25 (Toronto-East York)
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 6 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 26 (Etobicoke)
Waterfront Transit Reset West, John English Junior Middle School, 95 Mimico Ave., 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Scarborough Transit Planning
Tuesday, May 31 (Scarborough)
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 2 (Toronto-East York)
Riverdale Collegiate, 1094 Gerrard St. E., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 1 (Toronto-East York)
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m.
Saturday June 4 (Etobicoke)
York Humber High School, 100 Emmett Ave., 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Presentation at 10 a.m.
Transit Network Planning (all projects)
Tuesday, June 21 (Downtown)
Members Lounge, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Presentation at 5 p.m.
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Residents view designs, hear about concepts at gathering hosted by StreetARToronto and Metrolinx
A few local residents who braved Monday’s wind storm got a sneak peek of potential artwork for an outdoor mural project along the West Toronto Railpath.
StreetARToronto ((StART) in conjunction with Metrolinx held a community consultation meeting, Monday, Nov. 24, so residents could view preliminary artwork by the short-listed artists. The art installation would be on the south side of the railpath’s Bloor West entrance and on a popular piece of land at the foot of Ritchie Avenue.
Artists presented their initial concepts for comment and feedback and will take the information into consideration as they work towards a final submission.
“These are two areas near and dear to my heart,” said Metrolinx spokesperson Kelly Thornton. “This is the celebratory phase for us. Your thoughtful comments will be taken into account as the artists finalize their designs.”
The mural project will help combat graffiti vandalism, said Carolyn Taylor of StART while helping to “bring out the character of neighbourhoods.”
Each artist was given 10 minutes to present their ideas during the community consultation held at the Crossways Employment and Social Services on Dundas and Bloor Streets West.
“It’s an honour for me to present my work,” said artist Paul Aloisi, who says he takes a site specific approach to his work while taking into account the context and conditions of a place. “Each of my projects are pretty different from one another.”
With 20 years experience painting murals, Aloisi said he uses diverse mediums to create public art. Research is key to each of his projects. He says he has reached out to the Friends of Ritchie Avenue Parkette, a group that is “really involved in engaging the community.”
Aloisi said his mural would be dependent on input from the community. He’d use recycled materials. His talent is finding beauty in the mundane, he said.
Veteran graffiti artist Elicser Elliott has been painting for the past two decades.
“I work with the community every time I paint,” he told his small, but attentive audience.
Since he spends so much time painting within a particular neighbourhood, he says he can’t help, but incorporate real life characters into his paintings.
“I like to delve into the history of what happened there,” he said of each site.
Matt McNaught or KWEST as he is known, got his start painting freight trains.
“This space along the rail corridor was unoccupied. That was our place to express ourselves as kids,” he recalled.
McNaught, who lives and works in the area, said this project is his chance to give back to the community. His approach, he said, was to think ‘What do my kids want to see?’
Colour and animals. He is proposing a mural of colourful abstract.
Oliver Pauk is proposing a mosaic of coloured and mirrored Plexiglas that will provide a different experience in both daylight and after dark. It will rely on LED technology and solar power.
“We’re excited about the opportunity,” said Pauk, who lives in the neighbourhood.
Residents were curious about the longevity of the solar power and asked about the durability of the Plexiglas. Batteries for the solar power would likely have to be changed at some point, Pauk said. The Plexiglas durable, yet if one piece was damaged, it could be removed and replaced, he said.
This article originally posted online at insidetoronto.com as part of Bloor West Villager publication
Toronto and East York Community Council recently approved a request from Councillors Perks, Layton and myself for a West Queen West Planning Study between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles.
Below you will find the letter we sent to our colleagues on community Council:Read more