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Toronto Junction residents fed up with lack of transparency from Metrolinx

September 17, 2015

 

People in the Triangle just want to be kept in the loop.

 

Residents of Toronto’s Junction Triangle are accusing Metrolinx of withholding information about an elevated rail bridge that’s expected to cut through their neighbourhood.

 

Metrolinx wants to build a 1.6-kilometre elevated track stretching from Bloor Street to Davenport Road, above the existing CP rail corridor. The agency says the elevation would reduce delays and increase capacity along the Barrie GO line.

 

It’s a contentious plan. The environmental assessment for the project was pushed back this summer after residents expressed concern.

 

“When they first came forward, there were three options: a bridge, a tunnel and a trench. Now, they’re telling us the bridge is the right way to go, but they won’t tell us why,” said Kevin Putnam, one of the local residents who’s skeptical about the plan.

 

Bounded by three intersecting rail lines, the Junction Triangle has had its share of dust-ups with Metrolinx. A 2009 plan to increase the frequency of GO trains through the neighbourhood was met with protests and Putnam tried to stop Metrolinx from installing giant noise walls near the west side of the Davenport Rail Diamond.

 

“The way they’ve conducted themselves has left a bad taste in residents’ mouths,” Putnam said. “No one in my neighbourhood believes Metrolinx anymore.”

 

At a July 29 meeting, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca told residents Metrolinx would make planning documents related to the rail bridge public. It’s been six weeks, but Putnam said the promised information hasn’t materialized.

“It’s creating all kinds of speculation. Maybe there were no planning documents. Maybe Metrolinx just arbitrarily decided they wanted a bridge. We don’t know,” he said.

 

Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins told Metro the information will be released in the coming weeks. She said delays were necessary to incorporate resident’s feedback into the final documents.

 

“Releasing working documents before all of our studies are complete can create confusion,” she said. “It is important that everyone have the correct information to have an informed conversation.”

 

Reposted from Metro News. Read the original story: Here.

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