Scarborough Subway Extension Project Getting Underway

A Bloor-Danforth train stops for passengers at Warden Station. The TTC is planning on extending the Bloor-Danforth subway an additional 7.5 km north-east into Scarborough. Photo credit: Richard Sunichura.
A Bloor-Danforth train stops for passengers at Warden Station. The TTC is planning on extending the Bloor-Danforth subway an additional 7.5 km north-east into Scarborough.

The City of Toronto’s City Planning division, together with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), is starting to plan an extension to the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2) to better serve Scarborough’s 650,000 residents. Interested members of the public are invited to attend the first public meetings and open houses for this important project.

The proposed Scarborough Subway Extension will replace the aging Scarborough RT and contribute to an integrated and comprehensive rapid transit network that will improve transit service in Scarborough and across Toronto.

The new Scarborough Subway Extension will extend the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2) north from Kennedy Station to Sheppard Avenue. This extension will create a seamless journey for transit users by eliminating the existing need to transfer at Kennedy Station.

Preliminary estimates are that this new line is expected to carry between 9,500 to 14,000 customers in the peak hour in the peak direction, and will provide convenient connections with local and regional bus services and other rapid transit planned for the area, and for customers walking, cycling or being dropped off or picked up at planned stations.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the first open houses to learn more about the project and provide input into the following:

  • study approach (terms of reference) and the Public Consultation Plan for the Scarborough Subway Project Assessment Study,
  • possible corridors for routes and station locations, and
  • criteria that will be applied to assess corridor options, routes and station locations.

Both meetings will provide the same information, so members of the public need only attend one of these two meetings: Saturday, January 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, 959 Midland Ave., or Monday, February 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.

For those unable to attend in person, materials can be reviewed, and feedback can be provided online.

Information is available at http://www.scarboroughsubwayextension.ca and on Twitter by following @CityPlanTO.

To provide feedback, contact the staff team directly at (416) 338-3095 or scarboroughsubwayextension@toronto.ca.

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Message from Councillor Chin Lee: Spring 2014 Newsletter

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The City of Toronto’s ice storm protocol ended in early April. Residents are required to obtain a permit from the City before removing or injuring trees on their property. Violating the bylaw can result in fines ranging from $500 to $100,000 per tree.

Dear Neighbour:

Happy Easter to Christians who observe this holiday, which marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ. My staff and I would like to extend best wishes to those in our community who celebrate Easter.

It was a tough winter and finally the weather is getting warmer. The December ice-storm cleanup continues. If you still have fallen debris, bundle any trunks less than 3 inches in diameter and leave them at the curb on yard-waste collection days. I contracted a company to cleanup my ice-storm debris, and it cost me $1,400 because 3 of my large trees had to be trimmed.

The first 3 months of 2014 have indeed been busy. In January, the 2014 Budget was finalized and in February and early March, I was working with residents on an OMB hearing in opposition to a proposed in-fill townhouse development on Midland Avenue. The OMB hearing lasted 5 days and the decision on the proposal is still pending. It was emotionally exhausting for those most impacted by the proposal.

There are 2 other proposed high-density developments close by, one at 23 Glen Watford Drive and another at 4181 Sheppard Ave E., on the south-west corner of Sheppard and Midland. There will be pressures for higher density developments along Sheppard due to proposed higher order public transit coming in the future. The higher the order of transit, the denser the proposed developments. The approved (but not yet started) Scarborough Subway extension will also mean additional development pressures around the Sheppard/McCowan area. But to build higher orders of transit, we will have to raise revenues to fund these infrastructure improvements. The decision to fund each individual transit project and raise the needed revenue is in the hands of the majority on City Council, the Provincial Legislature, and Federal Parliament.

This year, I have moved my Ward 41 Environment Day to the Nashdene Yard compound at 70 Nashdene Road on Sunday, June 8. The Scarborough District CRC’s are initiating a Customer Service Enhancement Program and the Staff and the Community Centres will be connecting with residents on this initiative. Ward 41 is included in Local Air Quality Studies this year, going into next. To find out more, please visit http://www.toronto.ca/localairquality . With the warm weather comes road construction season, so please see http://map.toronto.ca/maps/map.jsp?app=TorontoTraffic for road restrictions.

Municipal elections will be conducted in every municipality in Ontario on Monday, October 27th, and I encourage everyone to learn more by visiting http://www.toronto.ca/elections.

As always, if you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office. My staff and I look forward to assisting you.

Sincerely,

Councillor Chin Lee
Ward 41 – Scarborough Rouge River