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October 10, 2017
City of Toronto consulting on SmartTrack stations
  
The City of Toronto, Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission are working together to bring more transit to communities across the City. Starting tonight, and continuing through the week, members of the public are invited to attend a public meeting to learn about and provide feedback on the new SmartTrack/GO stations being planned for Toronto.

The City of Toronto and Metrolinx are completing a Transit Project Assessment Process to assess the potential environmental effects of the new stations. At this round of public consultation, staff will provide a project overview, including planned environmental studies and concept schematics for each station. Members of the public will be asked to provide their input on key elements of the project.

Information on each of the new stations will be available at all meetings, so people can choose to attend the most convenient location. Each meeting will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a presentation at 7 p.m.

• Tuesday, October 10, Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
• Wednesday, October 11, Riverdale Collegiate Institute, 1094 Gerrard St. E.
• Thursday, October 12, New Horizons Tower, 1140 Bloor St. W. (new location)

The new SmartTrack stations build upon Metrolinx’s Regional Express Rail (RER) program, which includes increased service on five of the existing GO rail corridors, all-day service in both directions, and faster and quieter electric trains. The SmartTrack service includes trains every 6 to 10 minutes during peak periods and every 15 minutes during off-peak periods. Improvements to the GO rail system will provide four times the number of trips outside of weekday rush-hour periods, including evenings and weekends, and twice the number of trips during weekday peak periods, as well as line extensions to new communities.

SmartTrack aims to provide a made-in-Toronto solution to increase transit options in Toronto on the existing GO corridors, while additional, longer-term investments to increase transit capacity across the city are being planned. The SmartTrack concept also includes an extension of the Eglinton West LRT from Mount Dennis Station to Pearson International Airport.

Six new SmartTrack stations are planned for the Stouffville, Lakeshore East and Kitchener GO rail corridors, in addition to the existing/planned eight stations on the corridor, and two new GO stations along the Barrie corridor at the following locations.

New SmartTrack stations:
• Finch Avenue East, between Kennedy Road and Midland Avenue
• Lawrence Avenue East, between Kennedy Road and Midland Avenue
• Gerrard Street East at Carlaw Avenue
• East Harbour, between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East (east of the Don River)
• King Street West, at Liberty Village
• St. Clair Avenue West, between Weston Road and Old Weston Road

New GO stations in Toronto:
• Spadina Avenue, at Front Street
• Bloor Street West, between Lansdowne Avenue and Symington Avenue

More information on SmartTrack is available at http://www.smarttrack.to/, and information on other transit expansion projects currently underway is available at http://www.toronto.ca/transitto.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.

Media Contact
Bruce Hawkins
Strategic Communications
416-392-3496
bruce.hawkins@toronto.ca

 

 

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