Rouge Hill station design looking west.
Retaining wall + embankment design - Port Union Park.
Metrolinx advances design for third track between Guildwood and Pickering
By Jeff Forsyth
A public meeting was held at the Scarborough Village Community Centre on Sept. 21 as part of the Metrolinx plan to add a third track between the Guildwood and Pickering GO stations and to electrify the operation of the trains. This was the second public meeting held to discuss this project. About 50 people attended.
Metrolinx staff explained the work they have been doing to advance the design. This included the proposed grade separations on Scarborough Golf Club Rd., Morningside Ave. and Galloway Rd. By changing the grades on the grade separations from those originally proposed, they have reduced the need to acquire private property from 12 to four properties. As a result, the speed limit on these roads will be reduced from 50 km/h to 40 km/h. Level crossings will remain on Poplar Rd., Manse Rd. and Beechgrove Ave. The level crossing at Chesterton Shores will be removed and restricted to emergency vehicles only. Pedestrians will not be allowed to cross the tracks at this location. As a result of the closing of the crossing to pedestrians, the tunnel under the tracks at the Rouge Hill GO station will be widened to allow direct access to the waterfront.
Conceptual drawings were displayed for a new station and service building that will be built at Rouge Hill. The third track will be located on the north side of the existing tracks as it passes the Rouge Hill station, resulting in a total of 171 parking spots being removed.
A retaining wall will be built from Highland Creek eastward to midway between the bridge and Port Union Rd. A conceptual design of the wall was shown at the meeting but the final design is still open to changes. A similar, much higher wall will be located near the Rouge River bridge.
A presentation was also made regarding the electrification of the line, which will follow once work on the third track is completed. Electrification of the GO line will mean removal of trees and vegetation that could come in contact with the overhead wires.
Comments from those in attendance centred on the noise generated by trains passing every 15 minutes, as well as the crossing signal noise. Metrolinx has conducted noise studies according to industry protocol but will conduct further studies based on concerns expressed by those at the meeting. The issue of the removal of 171 parking spots at Rouge Hill was also raised. At present, 82 per cent of the parking spots are occupied. Metrolinx stated that providing parking for, in most cases, one driver one car is not sustainable. They recognized the issue but a more comprehensive transit strategy involving other transit agencies is required.
For further details on the proposal go to www.metrolinx.com/guildwoodpickering
If you would like to see the display, there is still time to attend a drop-in session at East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, 100 Galloway Road on October 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or at Port Union Community Centre, 5450 Lawrence Ave. E. on October 6 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
The deadline for comments is October. 14. The report will be complete by November 4, after which there will be a 30-day period for public comment. The 30-day comment period will end December 5. The report will then be submitted to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and a Notice of Completion issued.
View Metrolinx presentation from Public Meeting #3.