VIVA Next has announced a public consultation on an LRT project on Don Mills Road and Leslie Street from Steeles Avenue to Highway 7. There will be an open house from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm with presentation at 7:00 pm on Wednesday June 10, 2009. The location will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, 300 Commerce Valley Drive East, next to the eastbound East Beaver Creek VIVA stop.
Here is the background from this announcement:
In November 2008, Metrolinx adopted a Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) called The Big Move: Transforming Transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The RTP identifies a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in the Don Mills Road/Leslie Street corridor from the Bloor-Danforth Subway to Highway 7. The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission are currently undertaking a transit planning study to define the LRT project along the Don Mills Road corridor from the Bloor-Danforth Subway to Steeles Avenue.
I will add that even though this site is dedicated to the promotion of LRT over Subway, it is my opinion that the section of Don Mills Road from Eglinton to the Bloor-Danforth Subway would be better served by a northern extension of a yet-to-be-built Downtown Relief Subway line, for a number of reasons I have outlined on this site.
Here is the details of the study for this announcement:
The purpose of our study is to undertake the transit planning and assessment for the LRT on Don Mills Road and Leslie Street from Steeles Avenue to Highway 7. The study will proceed in two phases. The first phase will involve defining the specific details of the transit project. The second phase will be the transit project assessment, which will be initiated this fall and will be conducted in accordance with the Ministry of the Environment’s assessment process for transit projects, Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects and Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Undertakings (March 2009).
To obtain additional information or provide comments, please contact:
- Dale Albers, Chief Communications Officer
York Region Transit Corp.
1 West Pearce Street, 6th Floor
Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3K3
Tel: 905-886-6767 Fax: 905-886-6969
- Steve Mota, Project Manager, Infrastructure Planning
The Regional Municipality of York
17250 Yonge Street
Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 6Z1
Tel: 905-764-6345 ext 5056 Fax: 905-895-0191
- Scott Thorburn, P.Eng, Consultant Project Manager
URS Canada Inc.
75 Commerce Valley Drive East
Markham, Ontario, L3T 7N9
Tel: 905-882-3534 Fax: 905-882-4399