Notice of Environmental Project Report Addendum: Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit

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October 18, 2013

Rapid and reliable transit is coming to the centre of Toronto. The Crosstown will move Torontonians to work, school and play faster than ever before – reducing travel times and enhancing our economy and our environment. The Crosstown will run along Eglinton, with more than 10 kilometres underground, making transit travel up to 60 per cent faster than today.

In accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08, the TTC and City of Toronto conducted an environmental impact assessment of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project; a 33-kilometre electrically-powered LRT line extending from the Lester B. Pearson International Airport in the City of Mississauga to Kennedy Station in the City of Toronto. An Environmental Project Report (EPR) for this transit project was completed March 12, 2010 and a Statement of Completion submitted to the Ministry of the Environment in May 2010.

Map of EPR Addendum

Subsequently, in 2012, Metrolinx assumed management responsibility for the project and has become the sole proponent. Metrolinx has identified the need to revise the project between Jane Street and Keelesdale Park to:

  • Divide the implementation of the project into two phases at Weston Road (the site of the Mount Dennis Station) and proceed with the phase from Mount Dennis Station to Kennedy Station and defer the section from Weston Road to Pearson International Airport due to funding limitations;
  • Include at the western terminus of the first phase (at Mount Dennis Station) a 15-bay bus terminal (not previously assessed in the original EPR);
  • Re-configure the LRT between Jane Street and Keelesdale Park from a surface LRT line in the centre of Eglinton Avenue West to a grade-separated LRT line to improve operations; and
  • Assess the environmental impacts of a Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF), where light rail vehicles would be maintained and stored (the effects of which were not previously assessed in the original EPR).

An addendum to the Environmental Project Report for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT has been prepared and is now available for a 30-day review period starting October 18, 2013 at the following locations:

1. Ministry of the Environment, Environmental Approvals Branch
    2 St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 12A, Toronto, Ontario M4V 1L5
    (416) 314-8001/1-800-461-6290
    Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5:00pm

2. Ministry of the Environment Central Region Office
    5775 Yonge Street, 8th Floor, North York, Ontario M2M 4J1
    (416) 326-6700/1-800-810-8048
    Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5:00pm

3. Metrolinx Rapid Transit Implementation Office
    5160 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor, North York, Ontario M2N 6LN
    (416) 228-9000
    Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5:00pm

4. Crosstown Community Office
    1848 Eglinton Avenue West (at Dufferin Street), Toronto, Ontario M6E 2J4
    (416) 782-8118
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm; Tuesday, Thursday: by appointment

5. Toronto Public Library, Mount Dennis Branch
    1123 Weston Road, Toronto, Ontario M6N 3S3
    (416) 394-1008

6. On this website: www.thecrosstown.ca

There are circumstances where the Minister of the Environment has the authority to require further consideration of the change to the transit project, or impose conditions on it. These include if the Minister is of the opinion that:

  • The change to the transit project may have a negative impact on a matter of provincial importance that relates to the natural environment or has cultural heritage value or interest; or
  • The change to the transit project may have a negative impact on a constitutionally protected Aboriginal or treaty right.

Before exercising the authority referred to above, the Minister is required to consider any written objections to the change to the transit project that he or she may receive within 30 days after the Notice of Environmental Project Report Addendum is first published.

Interested persons are encouraged to review this document and provide comments by November 18, 2013. Comments and concerns may be directed to the project contacts listed below. You have the right to submit an objection to the identified change to the transit project to the Minister of the Environment no later than November 18, 2013 (Minister of the Environment, 77 Wellesley Street West, 11th Floor, Ferguson Block, Toronto, Ontario M7A 2T5, Fax: 416-314-6748, Email: minister.moe@ontario.ca, Attn: Minister of the Environment). Although not required, a copy of the objection is requested to be forwarded to the Director, Environmental Approvals Branch and project contacts listed below.

  • David Veights, Environmental Assessment Project Manager, Metrolinx Rapid Transit Implementation, 5160 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor, North York, Ontario M2N 6L9 (416) 228-9339; d.veights@metrolinx.com
  • Director, Environmental Approvals Branch, 2 St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 12A, Toronto Ontario M4V 1L5 Fax: (416) 314-8452; EAABGen@ontario.ca

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