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zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com GO Transit Expansion (Lakeshore East Train Service extension to Clarington and Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility) PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES Date: June 16, 17 and 18, 2009 Time: 9:00 pm 6:00 tozycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com Welcome (Lakeshore East Train Service extension to Clarington and Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility) displays and ask Please review the zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/questions of the Study Team members that are present zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com Proposed Scope of the Expansion • Adding additional tracks within the existing CP rail corridor (i.e., twinning) to provide new rail capacity for GO Transit Lakeshore East Train Service to Clarington; • Construction of new GO stations along the corridor; • Construction of a train layover site (ultimate 8 train capacity) along the corridor; • Construction of a new “rail over road” crossing of Hwy 401; and zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ • Construction of a Rail Maintenance Facility and rail yard west of Thickson Road, in Whitby. zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com Study Process • This project’s environmental impact will be assessed under Ontario’s Transit Project Assessment Process (Regulation 231/08 under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act). • Regulation 231/08 assumes the rationale and alternatives to this project have been established. The regulation allows the proponent to concentrate its efforts on the environmental and other impacts of the preferred alternative. • Estimated Milestones of the EA – Presently EA Pre-consultation Resource Development – Beginning-Fall 2009 Notice of Commencement zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ – Mid-October 2009 Public Information Centres – Earlier-2010 Filing of the Environmental Project Report – Mid-March 2010 Approval zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com New Transit Study Process (under Ontario Regulation 231/08) Timeline of Timeline of 4 months from Formal Notice of 4 months from Formal Notice of 30 -- day Public 30 day Public 35 days for Minister to 35 days for Minister to New Regulation New Regulation EA Start to Filing of Report EA Start to Filing of Report Review for Report Review for Report Approve/Not Approve Approve/Not Approve GO Transit EA Pre-consultation Formal Notice of EA Study Filing of Minister of Feasibility Study and Resource Commencement and Design Environmental Environment Decision Development Work Project Report on Approval Opportunities for Public Input Public Open Houses Public Open Houses Public Public 30-day Public 30-day Public June 16 to 18, 2009 June 16 to 18, 2009 Information Information Review Period Review Period WE ARE HERE WE ARE HERE Centres mid Centres mid early 2010 early 2010 WE ARE HERE WE ARE HERE October 2009 zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ October 2009 zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com Study Background Feasibility Studies Previously Undertaken 1. Oshawa East Track Extension and New Rail Maintenance Facility, study looked at selecting a recommended rail corridor for GO Train Service expansion to Clarington and present alternate locations for Station and Rail Maintenance Facility sights on each corridor. This study considered both the CN & CP corridors between Oshawa and Clarington. 2. New Rail Maintenance Facility study looked at selecting a recommended Rail Maintenance Facility site on the active GO Lakeshore East Rail Corridor between Toronto and Oshawa. zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com Study Background Feasibility Study Results Route Selection study recommended the CP corridor based on: • Best service to the communities • Enable communities to further Provincial goals of Land Use Intensification and long range transit integration • Best in meeting municipal transportation and land use planning • Best at offering ability for residents to use transit between home & train • Best at aiding communities in revitalizing central areas Rail Maintenance Facility study recommended the Whitby site for the following reasons: • Least impact to community • Best configuration next to GO Rail Corridor zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ • Best available land use plan and land availability • Least impact to neighborhoods, environment and social concerns zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com Canadian National (CN) / Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail Corridor Evaluation SITE SITE GROUP SUB-GROUP GROUP SUB-GROUP CN CP CN CP Station Sites 3 2 Road and Traffic Safe Station Road Access 1 1 Impacts Station Terminus Sites 4 2 Main Roads 3 2 Maintenance Facility Sites 3 2 Secondary Roads 2 3 Municipal Support 4 2 No. of Access Points to Station 3 2 Environmental Issues 3 3 Local Traffic Impacts 3 3 Socio-Economic No. Residences Impacted 2 3 Enables Mobility Hubs 3 1 Impacts No. Commercial Property Impacted 3 2 Environmental Vegetation 2 2 Impacts No. Agricultural Property Impacted 3 3 Wildlife 2 1 Meets Communities Plan 4 1 Fisheries 1 1 Creates Community Improvements 4 1 Ecosystems 1 1 Proximity Impacts No. Residences Visually Impacted 2 3 Probable Costs Station and Building Facilities 3 3 No. Commercial Property Visually Impacted 3 3 Parking 3 2 Residents Impacted by Noise 2 3 Rail Corridor Infrastructure 2 5 Commercial Property Impacted by Noise 3 3 Road Works 3 2 Residents Impacted by Vibration 2 3 Property 2 4 Commercial Property Impacted by Vibration 3 3 Logistical Challenges CN/CP Connection 0 4 Impact on Future Residential Intensification 4 2 VIA 3 2 Land Use Commercial Intensification 4 2 Rail Maintenance Facility 2 2 Residential Development 2 2 Second Mainline 3 2 Commercial Development zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ 2 2 Terminal Station Operations 1 3 GRAND TOTAL 121 103 Fits into Community 4 1 Preferred Patron Access/Egress Regional Access for Local Transit 3 2 Regional Access for Automobile Traffic 3 1 Most Preferred 0-1 Local Access for Bicycle 3 2 Moderate 2-3 Local Access for Walking Passages 3 2 Least Preferred 4-5 Enables Mobility Hubs 2 2 zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com New Rail Maintenance Facility site evaluation Union Station to Clarington • Proposed site locations included: – Sites A,B,C in Toronto zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ – Site D in Pickering – Sites E, F in Ajax – Site G in Whitby (Preferred Location) – Site H, I, J in Clarington zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com Study Challenges Train Service Expansion to Clarington • Develop a new rail connection between GO and CP corridors across Highway 401 • Select preferred GO Station sites to best meet community needs • Select a preferred Train Layover site • Develop preliminary design of rail network to provide for commuter service expansion over CP corridor to Clarington • Assess impacts of implementing this system • Identify required mitigation items and at what locations Rail Maintenance Facility • Develop a preliminary design for the required Facility • Assess the impacts this will have on the surrounding area zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ • Identify required mitigation items and at what locations Obtain Environmental Approval Provide expanded Commuter Rail Service Provide preliminary design at acceptable cost zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com Potential Crossings of Highway 401 zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com POTENTIAL STATION AT STEVENSON ROAD (Oshawa) zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com POTENTIAL STATION AT RITSON ROAD (Oshawa) zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com POTENTIAL STATION AT BLOOR STREET (Oshawa) zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com POTENTIAL STATION AT COURTICE ROAD (Clarington) zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com POTENTIAL STATION AT MARTIN ROAD (Clarington) zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com POTENTIAL STATION AT LAMBS ROAD (Clarington) zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com POTENTIAL LAYOVER AT PRESTONVATE ROAD (Clarington) zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com POTENTIAL LAYOVER AT RUNDLE ROAD (Clarington) zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com POTENTIAL LAYOVER AT PROVIDENCE ROAD (Clarington) zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com RAIL MAINTENANCE FACILITY (Whitby) – TYPICAL LAYOUT zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com What’s Next? Public input is an important part of the study process and we value your input very much. The Study Team will consider input received from today’s meeting as the study moves into the formal EA process. The preferred GO Station locations, layover site and details about other recommended improvements including the Rail Maintenance Facility in Whitby will be displayed at future Public zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ Information Centres in Fall 2009. zycnzj.com/ www.zycnzj.com Your Input is Important Please fill out a comment sheet and submit to either: Alan D. Macdougall Andreas Grammenz Senior Railway Project Manager EA Project Leader, GO Transit AECOM Canada Ltd. 20 Bay Street, Suite 600 5080 Commerce Boulevard Toronto, ON M5J 2W3 Mississauga, ON L4W 4P2 Phone: (416) 869-3600 ext. 5524 Phone: (905) 238-0007 Fax: (416) 869-1563 Fax: (905) 238-0038 Email: Email: email@example.com Andreas.Grammenz@gotransit.com before June 30, 2009 zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ Thank you for attending!