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					TTC Ashbridges Bay Maintenance and Storage Facility
 for New Streetcars and Leslie St. Connecting Track –
                  Transit Project Assessment Process
                       Public Meeting Summary Report
                                         July 28, 2010
                                      Prepared by Lura Consulting
                                                     August 2010
              This summary report was prepared by Lura Consulting. It captures the key
              comments raised during the July 28, 2010 Meeting. It is not intended to be a
              verbatim transcript. If you have any questions or comments regarding the
              summary, please contact:

                                Lito Romano                                           Jim Faught
                         Community Liasion Officer                                  Lura Consulting
                     Strategic Partnerships, Transit City                           416.410.3888 x 5
                        Toronto Transit Commission                                  jfaught@lura.ca
                                 416.397.8699
                             lito.romano@ttc.ca




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Table of Contents
1 INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................. 1 
  1.1 BACKGROUND .......................................................................................................................................................... 1 
  1.2 JULY 28 PUBLIC MEETING ...................................................................................................................................... 1 
2 PUBLIC NOTIFICATION ................................................................................................................ 2 
  2.1 TTC MAILINGS / NOTIFICATIONS ....................................................................................................................... 2 
  2.2 FIRST NATIONS ......................................................................................................................................................... 2 
3 COMMENTS RECEIVED FROM THE PUBLIC MEETING ....................................................... 3 
  3.1 HOW CAN THE TTC BEST INVOLVE THE COMMUNITY GOING FORWARD (E.G., TYPES OF
  CONSULTATION, OUTREACH)? ..................................................................................................................................... 3 
  3.2 DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS ON MINIMIZING COMMUNITY DISRUPTIONS DURING
  CONSTRUCTION OF THE FACILITY? ............................................................................................................................ 3 
  3.3 DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS ON MINIMIZING COMMUNITY DISRUPTIONS DURING
  CONSTRUCTION OF THE LESLIE STREET CONNECTION TRACK? .......................................................................... 3 
  3.4 DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL COMMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE PROJECT (E.G., SOIL
  REMOVAL, NOISE, PEDESTRIAN/CYCLIST IMPROVEMENTS, ETC.)? ....................................................................... 4 
  3.5 COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS RECEIVED VIA EMAIL ....................................................................................... 4 
      3.5.1.  Noise and Vibration .................................................................................................................................. 4 
      3.5.2.  Other ............................................................................................................................................................ 4 
4 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ......................................................................................................... 5 
  4.1 SOIL CONTAMINATION ........................................................................................................................................... 5 
  4.2 NOISE AND VIBRATION .......................................................................................................................................... 6 
  4.3 LANDSCAPE DESIGN ............................................................................................................................................... 7 
  4.4 PUBLIC CONSULTATION CONCERNS .................................................................................................................... 8 
  4.5 SITE LOCATION ...................................................................................................................................................... 10 
  4.6 ASHBRIDGES BAY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT .................................................................................. 11 
  4.7 CONNAUGHT / RUSSELL YARD ........................................................................................................................... 12 
  4.8 CONSTRUCTION ...................................................................................................................................................... 12 
  4.9 STREETCARS VERSUS BUSES ................................................................................................................................. 12 
  4.10 ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT REPORT ............................................................................................................... 13 
  4.11 DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS ................................................................................................................................ 14 
  4.12 TRAFFIC .................................................................................................................................................................. 14 
  4.13 OTHER .................................................................................................................................................................... 14 
APPENDIX A – JULY 28, 2010 PUBLIC MEETING SUMMARY..................................................... 16 
APPENDIX B – PUBLIC MEETING NOTIFICATION .................................................................. 18 




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1 Introduction
      1.1 Background
  New maintenance and storage facilities must be added to Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
  operations to accommodate new streetcars and enhance transit service for the community. One
  of those facilities to support existing streetcar routes will be in the City’s southeast end so
  streetcars can access it from the Queen Street East streetcar tracks.

  In December 2009, Toronto City Council approved a settlement with the Toronto Port
  Authority to transfer ownership of the selected Ashbridges property to the City for TTC use and
  the TTC Commission approved the use of this property for their streetcar maintenance and
  storage facility. One hundred new, accessible streetcars will be stored at the Ashbridges Bay
  Fleet Maintenance and Storage Facility to be built at the southeast corner of Lake Shore
  Boulevard and Leslie Street. On June 9, 2010, Toronto City Council approved the Ashbridges
  Bay site and connection tracks on Leslie Street.

  The Ashbridges facility is to be completed in 2013 in time for the delivery of the first 36
  streetcars. The new storage facilities will be built to Toronto Green Development Standards,
  and staff will follow best practices to ensure the site is energy efficient and environmentally
  friendly.

  Notice of Commencement of the Transit Project Assessment Process for the Ashbridges Bay
  Fleet Mainteance and Storage Faciltiy was issued on June 24, 2010.

      1.2 July 28 Public Meeting
  The TTC hosted a public meeting on July 28, 2010 at the Toronto Fire and EMS Training
  Centre (895 Eastern Avenue, Toronto) to discuss all aspects of the Transit Project Assessment
  Process. A summary of the meeting is provided in Appendix A.




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2 Public Notification
  The following section lists the methods used to notify stakeholders about the Ashbridges Bay
  Maintenance and Storage Facility Notice of Commencement of the Transit Project Assessment
  Process and subsequent public meeting held on July 28, 2010. Copies of notifications are
  provided in Appendix B.

       2.1 TTC Mailings / Notifications
          The Notice of Commencement of the Transit Project Asssessment was published in the
          Beaches Mirror on June 24 and July 8, 2010. It was also published in The Metro on June
          24, 2010.
          On June 22, 2010, notices were mailed to all property owners within 40 metres of the
          site and connecting tracks on Leslie Street.
          On June 22, 2010, an additional 18,379 notices were delivered within the area of
          Kingston Road and Gerrard Street to the north, Lee Avenue to the east, Logan Avenue
          to the west, and south to the lake.
          On June 22, 2010, notices were mailed and emailed to all who had expressed interest in
          the project to date (848).
          Additional public meeting notices were delivered first class mail on July 14, 2010, to
          everyone within 40 m of the project as well as to all those who expressed interest in the
          project to date (848).
          Agencies were sent notices of Commencement on June 22, 2010, and additional notices
          of the Public Meeting on July 14, 2010.

       2.2 First Nations
          A letter was sent to the Director of the MOE regarding First Nations consultation for
          the project on June 23, 2010.
          Notification was sent to: INAC – Specific Claims, LMRB, and Comprehensive Claims,
          and the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.
          Notice of Commencment of the Transit Project Assessment Process for the project was
          given to the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, all of the Williams Treaty First
          Nations, the Huron-Wendat First Nation, the Kawartha Nishnawbe First Nation, and
          the Métis Nation of Ontario. First Nation contact information was confirmed by the
          Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and the MOE. Each First Nation was specifically asked to
          advise of any interest they may have in the project so that TTC could follow-up directly.




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3 Comments Received from the Public Meeting
  A summary of all comments received is presented below. The comments are grouped by the
  questions asked on the worksheet provided at the meeting, followed by comments and questions
  received via email between July 28 and August 6, 2010, which are sorted by category.

      3.1 How can the TTC best involve the community going forward (e.g.,
          types of consultation, outreach)?
      TTC representatives should use more visuals when answering questions.
      Facilitation at public meetings should be improved.
      The TTC’s Community Liaison Officer must make sure the needs of the community are
      addressed.
      A definitive list of impacts to residents should be created, since it seems like homeowners
      are currently being left out. (Note: TTC indicated that meetings specific to homeowners’ concerns on
      Leslie Street were held on July 14 and 15, 2010. Minutes of these meetings are posted on the project website
      at http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/lrv/.)
      Mitigation and communication are essential.
      The TTC should train their presenters to be better speakers.

      3.2 Do you have any recommendations on minimizing community
          disruptions during construction of the Facility?
      The community should be engaged through community events hosted by the TTC. Make it
      fun! (Note: TTC held outdoor “tent events” with representatives from each of the design teams for the
      landscape design competition on August 8 and 10, 2010.)
      The TTC should offer free TTC tickets and tokens to families in the area.
      Communication with the community regarding air quality issues during soil removal is
      essential. (Note: a presentation to the South Riverdale Community Health Centre regarding soil removal,
      including air quality testing, was posted on the project website on August 13, 2010.)
      Use the quietest machinery available from anywhere in the world, even if it costs more.

      3.3 Do you have any recommendations on minimizing community
          disruptions during construction of the Leslie Street connection track?
      Host a street festival.
      Put up funky, creative signs updating people on your progress and the number of days left in
      project.
      Adequate notice of any disruptions to parking or driveway access off Leslie Street should be
      given to residents.



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     Make parking available on both sides of Mosley and give Leslie Street residents that live
     between Eastern and Mosley free street parking.
     Keep the sidewalks clear for pedestrians.

     3.4 Do you have additional comments/recommendations on the project
         (e.g., soil removal, noise, pedestrian/cyclist improvements, etc.)?
     Show the community you care about it.
     Be open and transparent.
     Recruit street captains to represent their streets and provide the TTC feedback and
     suggestions.
     Practice proactive monitoring over the long-term so residents don't need to harass the TTC.
     Use marketing smarts and make Leslie Street an attractive and vibrant entrance to the
     waterfront and Tommy Thompson Park. Some example ideas include: innovative and
     delightful signs pointing the way to the waterfront, distinctive street lights, large hanging
     baskets, an arch at Queen and Leslie with bird motifs, and unique street signs.
     Eccentric individuals should not be given a platform at the information meetings.
     The Russell Yard should be decommissioned.
     Connaught Avenue residents should be brought into the conversation as soon as possible.

     3.5 Comments and Questions Received Via Email

         3.5.1.        Noise and Vibration
     Noise and vibration mitigation from the construction and operation of the connection track
     on Leslie Street is a primary concern to film operations on Eastern Avenue.
     A request was made for the slide from the meeting’s presentation that detailed the exact
     decibel levels of existing TTC equipment.
     A request was made for the maximum noise and vibration levels allowed on the new
     equipment and track.

         3.5.2.        Other
     A request was made for information regarding the method of procurement for the project.
     Informational sessions about the Design Competition should not be held in the same week
     in the middle of the summer. (Note: TTC indicated they would prefer to hold public meetings in
     September, but that would delay all projects. All information for the design competition is posted online and
     available for comment until August 23, 2010.)

     Questions:
                       Will mitigation measures for Connaught Avenue residents be on the
                       meeting’s agenda? (Note: TTC indicated Transit Project Assessments are held for new
                       Transit infrastructure. As a result, mitigation measures currently pertain only to the


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                      Ashbridges Bay Maintenance and Storage Facility and the connection track on Leslie
                      Street. However, as soon as details are confirmed regarding any construction on Connaught
                      and at the Russell Facility, residents will be notified and consulted.)
                      If Bombardier does not meet the maximum and noise and vibration levels
                      for the new streetcars, what is the recourse? (Note: TTC indicated that for the
                      new, custom-designed light rail vehicles (LRVs), all measures are being taken to ensure
                      more rigourous noise and vibration specifications than for the “off-the-shelf” Bombardier
                      LRVs. Specific mitigation measures will be implemented where required based on
                      Ministry of Environment noise and vibration guidelines.)


4 Questions and Answers
  The following is a summary of the questions, answers, and comments that arose during the
  meeting. They are categorized by topic. Questions are indicated with a Q, answers with an A,
  and Comments with a C, and do not necessarily appear in the order they were asked or stated.
  Answers were provided by the members from the Ashbridges Bay Maintenance and Storage
  Facility project team. Answers provided by the project after the public meeting are shown as
  notes in italics.

      4.1 Soil Contamination
       Q:    Are dust control measures taking into account the fact that the soil being removed is
             contaminated?
       A:    Yes. There will be ongoing monitoring of the soil removal process, which will
             include dust control and air quality monitoring. Soil data, including all contaminants
             at the Ashbridges site, will be publicized on the project website for the the
             community. (Note: A specific soil summary presentation was requested by the South Riverdale
             Community Health Centre and was posted on the project website.)

       Q:    How much soil is being removed, and what material will be used to cap the
             remaining soil after the removal process is complete?
       A:    We are removing soil to approximately grade-level. Remaining soil will be capped,
             followed by concrete encasement for the tracks. The capping depth will be
             approximately 1.5 metres, which exceeds the standard capping guideline requirement
             of 0.5 metres.

       Q:    Is it correct to assume that no shovels will be in the ground until the risk assessment
             on soil contamination is complete?
       A:    Soil removal will not begin until submission and approval of an Environmental
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            the Phase II Environmental Site Assessment about subsurface investigation of the
            soil and groundwater below the mound as well as a waste characterization study that
            has been completed to assess the quality of the soil in the mound. The tender for
            soil removal does not yet exist. Soil removal will not begin for approximately
            another 4 or 5 months.

      Q:    Will there be threshold in the risk assessment for contaminated soil removal that, if
            surpassed, will force the facility to be located elsewhere?
      A:    Preliminary data show that the contamination is well within the risk margins. We will
            post soil contamination data publicly and use industry standards for strict dust
            control and air quality monitoring during construction. A significant investment is
            being made.

      C:    When the eastern section of the Gardiner Expressway was removed, it was known
            that the removal of contaminated soil was necessary. A monitoring committee was
            set up in July 2002. The committee has been meeting with City staff ever since, even
            though they often drag their feet. To the TTC’s credit, the committee will be
            meeting with the TTC in the next few weeks. The committee has been trying to get
            signage on the northwest corner of Lake Shore Boulevard and Leslie Street to tell
            people about the contamination.
            (Note: Members of this Committee invited TTC to meet at the South Riverdale Community Health
            Centre on August 11, 2010 and the presentation is posted on the project website.)

     4.2 Noise and Vibration
      Q:    You have stated that no prototype light rail vehicle (LRV) yet exists, so are we to
            assume that you will be testing the first one in our neighbourhood?
      A:    Although a prototype does not yet exist, Bombardier has built many FLEXITY
            vehicles that are currently operating in Europe. We gathered preliminary data from
            these vehicles since the LRVs that TTC will use are similar to the FLEXITY vehicles.
            The specifications for the LRVs ordered by the TTC are such that they should be
            even quieter than current FLEXITY vehicles due to more rigorous specifications for
            noise and vibration.

      Q:    You have stated that the LRVs should be quieter, but what are the maximum noise
            and vibration levels that the TTC will allow?
      A:    The TTC has preliminary noise and vibration data gathered from current streetcars
            and also from Bombardier FLEXITY vehicles operating in Europe and Vancouver,
            which will be similar to those operating in Toronto. The new LRVs have four levels
            of suspension, will be operating on rubber-mounted tracks, and are fitted with
            rubber-mounted axels. Essentially, they are going to be as quiet as a rail vehicle can
            possibly be. The specifications in the contract with Bombardier ensure that they will


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           be as quiet as or quieter than current TTC vehicles and that they meet Ministry of
           Environment (MOE) standards.

     Q:    What happens if noise thresholds are exceeded?
     A:    The prototype vehicle will arrive in 2012, at which point we will test its decibel levels.
           If the vehicles add more than 5 decibels to ambient background noise levels,
           mitigation will be implemented.

     Q:    Why are the decibel levels for the current streetcars not posted?
     A:    TTC advised that this information is posted online from the specific presentation
           given to Leslie Street residents on July 15. (Note: Subsequent to the meeting, TTC indicated
           the direct website link:
           http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/lrv/pdf/leslie_street_mitigation.pdf.)

     Q:    I am worried that vibration from the LRVs will negatively impact my residence’s
           foundation on Leslie Street over the long-term. What assurances do you give to help
           mitigate these problems over the long-term? Don’t forget about us!
     A:    A motion was passed through the Toronto Transit Commission to designate Leslie
           Street a priority area for track maintenance. Additionally, vehicle maintenance will be
           more rigourous for the new LRVs even though they will be more reliable than
           current streetcars. LRV wheels will be measured and tested every six months. The
           TTC is paying a premium for the new wheels in order to minimize noise and
           vibration impacts. The LRV design is such that weight is better proportioned across
           the vehicle. Specific noise and vibration testing will be carried out for Leslie Street.
           Overall, our maintenance plans do consider the long-term.

    4.3 Landscape Design
     Q:    What is the width of the greenspace around the site?
     A:    The landscape competition area extends from the curb to the retaining wall. If
           you’re looking along Leslie Street, this width is about 18 metres. Along Lake Shore
           Boulevard, the width is about the same, between 15 and 18 metres. (Clarification note:
           The width of landscape area north of Commissioners Street from the retaining wall to the curb edge
           is approximately 40 m. From the retaining wall to Martin Goodman Trail along Leslie Street, the
           width is approximately 18 m.)

     Q:    Will landscaping occur at the Russell / Connaught Yard?
     A:    As stated by Councillor Bussin, issues regarding the Russell Yard will be addressed
           separately and at a later time than those related to Leslie Street, but they assuredly
           will be discussed as soon as possible.




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      Q:    How are jury members for the landscape design competition going to be held
            accountable for their decisions?
      A:    The City of Toronto Urban Design division is overseeing the jury process. They will
            ensure the jury reviews all public comments submitted in a report before they make
            any decision.

      Q:    Can Queen Street be incorporated into the landscape design competition as Leslie
            Street was?
      A:    Queen Street is out of the project scope. (Note: TTC is pleased to confirm the winning
            design firm will be hired by TTC to examine streetscape improvements for Leslie Street as far north
            as Queen Street. This was the most common recommendation received from residents at our last
            community meeting in May, 2010.)

     4.4 Public Consultation Concerns
      Q:    Can we still take our case against the site location chosen for the facility to the
            Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)?
      A:    The project is undertaken according to the Transit Project Assessment Process.
            Once the Environmental Project Report is complete, there will be a 30 day period in
            which the public will be able to comment on it directly to the Minister of the
            Environment. The Minister will look at comments related specifically to the natural
            environment and culture and heritage features. After the comments have been
            reviewed, the Minister can make one of three rulings. First, the minister may tell the
            TTC it can go ahead with the project with no revisions. Second, he may require the
            TTC to do further study and consultation. Third, he may give approval to the
            project but subject to certain conditions.

            There are no applications with respect to this project for third party appeal
            opportunities to the Ontario Municipal Board. The site has been designated. The
            only application that has to be made, the site approval application, is as-of-right. The
            TTC secured a preliminary project review from the City of Toronto before starting
            with this project several months ago. The TTC wanted to make sure the City had
            total compliance with the zoning law.

      Q:    If the site location cannot be changed, why is the TTC even bothering to host this
            meeting?
      A:    Although the process cannot incorporate public input into all aspects of the project,
            there are many cases where public input has influenced the direction of the project.
            At the very outset of the project, an Eastern Avenue location for the Facility was
            being investigated. Residents and businesses located near the Eastern Avenue site
            unanimously raised disapproval to this location, which was dropped. Additionally,
            landscaping was originally allocated to only the greenspace surrounding the Facility


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           and was to be designed in-house. The landscape design competition was a key
           recommendation from the community and the winning firm will now be hired to
           extend design improvements on Leslie Street to Queen Street.

           Access to Leslie Street properties was also a major public concern early in the
           project. Following intial consultations, the TTC’s dedicated right-of-way option was
           taken off the table in direct response to residents’ concerns to ensure access to Leslie
           properties is maintained. Overall, TTC certainly recognizes there are still concerns
           but is trying to provide many opportunities for the TTC and the community to work
           together to improve the project.

     Q:    The public consultation for this project seems to be just a one-way conversation.
           Can the public actually effect change? Can the TTC publish exactly where decision
           points are, where the public has had input, and how the input has been incorporated
           into the process?
     A:    We can clearly demonstrate where public input has made a difference. As noted, one
           example is the fact that the site was not placed on Eastern Avenue due to
           overwhelming public opposition to this idea. Another example is that the TTC
           originally proposed a right-of-way on the Leslie Street connection track, an idea that
           has been abandoned because it would have adversely affected access for residents on
           Leslie. Some concerns have certainly been addressed, but others remain (e.g., there
           are residents in opposition to building the site at Lake Shore and Leslie). The
           process is not perfect, but we are trying to be as transparent as possible. This is not a
           scientific process, but we must work within the confines of the project to incorporate
           feedback wherever possible.

     C:    This situation is uncomfortable for everyone.
           (Note: Comment noted by the TTC.)

     C:    Public consultation for this project has been unsatisfactory. Money should be
           allocated to local groups for legal funding, since local groups are not empowered
           enough to go up against the TTC and the political panel that influences it.
           (Note: Comment noted. The changes to the project based on public feedback were highlighted. TTC
           recognizes that there are residents who do want the Facility at all and is making efforts to integrate it
           into the neighbourhood in a sensitive manner.)

     C:    The notification flyer for tonight’s meeting called it an “information meeting”. There
           is a lack of defined ways for citizens to be engaged and understand their rights and
           responsibilities.
           (Note: The purpose of the meeting was to gather input on specific concerns and bring them to the
           attention of the planning team. Part of the presentation outlines the Transit Project Assessment



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             Process and planning context. Previously, staff notified all residents prior to the City Council process
             to ensure they could depute directly to elected officials before a decision was made on the site. Motions
             were made at Council to ensure mitigation will be implemented where it is required and to ensure the
             project is integrated into Martin Goodman Trail and Leslie Greening.)

      4.5 Site Location
       Q:    Will the new facility function like the Hillcrest Yard? If so, why not retrofit Hillcrest
             to accommodate the new LRVs?
       A:    Hillcrest is used for overhauls, not regular maintenance. Hillcrest will maintain its
             function once the new LRVs arrive. The Ashbridges facility will function like the
             Roncesvalles and Russell Yards do now, in that it will be used for regular
             maintenance and LRV storage purposes. Thus, the Ashbridges site is necessary to
             accommodate the new LRVs. There is also insufficient room at Hillcrest.

       Q:    Tours of the Hillcrest, Roncesvalles, and Russell Yards should be provided to
             interested members of the community to let us understand what is being built in our
             area. The air quality outside of Hillcrest was awful today. I walked around it and it
             emitted many volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If similar pollutants are going to
             exude from the Ashbridges Yard, people using the Martin Goodman Trail will be
             adversely affected. Will you allow the community to have a tour of Hillcrest?
       A:    Historically, Hillcrest has not provided tours, but we will check again to see if this
             might be possible.
             (Note: The request was once again made and staff were advised by the General Superintendent of
             Rail Cars that tours are not given at Hillcrest. The following information was also provided:

             Hillcrest — specifically Harvey Shop — is a backshop operation providing support for major
             overhauls and/or repairs on TTC’s streetcar and bus fleets. TTC does not operate revenue service
             out the Hillcrest facility due to the lack of space, its location, and the significant vehicular traffic in
             and out of the yard.

             With the arrival of the new low floor LRVs the operation will change slightly due to the size of the
             new cars. Our current fleet is made up mostly of LRVs that are 15.3 meters in length; whereas the
             new LRVs will be 30 meters in length. These new cars will not fit in the existing maintenance bays
             at Harvey Shop (at Hillcrest), nor is the height of the existing building suitable for maintenance of
             the roof-mounted equipment on the new cars. Major and minor components will be removed from the
             cars at the Roncesvalles, Russell, and Ashbridges Bay facilities and then transferred to Harvey Shop
             for overhaul or repair.

             As far as the suggestion that VOC emissions at Hillcrest are not meeting MOE standards, TTC
             is well within the required limits, as overseen by the Safety Department’s Environment Services.)



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     Q:    Would it be possible for the new council (following the municipal election in
           October) to review and reconsider the decision to build the maintenance and storage
           facility at the Ashbridges Bay site?
     A:    Given that there is a twelve month window in which Council may overturn a
           decision, altering the decision is possible but highly unlikely. This is a necessary
           facility, and there is little will to change the location. (Note: The other location at Unwin
           that received public support in the June 2009 meetings was not selected for many reasons such as
           multiple railway crossings and the need for a new bridge to replace an existing one-lane bridge.)

     C:    Ashbridges Bay is an inappropriate location for the facility.
           (Note: Opposition to this site is recognized and TTC is trying to do what it can to address concerns.
           TTC has to construct similar facilities across Toronto for future Transit City expansion and it is
           very difficult to locate such facilities that are needed to support transit.)

    4.6 Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant
     Q:    Missing from the list of impacts in your presentation is the fact that this facility is
           going to take away land from the Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant
           (ABTP). You will be misinforming the province by omitting this fact from the
           Environmental Project Report. Why have you omitted this important impact?
     A:    Toronto Water has indicated publicly that it does not need the land for plant
           expansion. (Note: A community meeting was held on this specific topic on April 19, 2010, the
           minutes of which are posted on the project website. The General Manager of Toronto Water
           confirmed that the land adjacent to the ABTP for the future TTC facility is not needed for future
           wastewater capacity at the ABTP. The proposed TTC facility would not affect plant operations and
           all future needs can be accommodated without that parcel of land.)

     Q:    How will the Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant meet its odour
           requirement at the new maintenance facility where the impacts are likely to be high?
           Will it cost more to mitigate the odours?
     A:    The question of odours will be confirmed by Toronto Water. (Note: Toronto Water has
           subsequently indicated that there will be no additional costs to meet their odour requirements.)

     Q:    How will the Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant be concealed after the
           berm is removed?
     A:    The maintenance building will be approximately 14 metres high, which is
           approximately the same height as the berm, so the Facility will block the view of the
           plant in a similar way to the berm.




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      4.7 Connaught / Russell Yard
       Q:    Residents on Connaught Avenue presently have the same problems that will affect
             Leslie Street in the future. There is no dust control in place right now, and we have
             to clean our windows daily. There are no mitigation measures in place. We have to
             constantly advocate for ourselves. The air quality on Connaught is poor, so I fear for
             Leslie. Why have Connaught Avenue residents not been included in the mitigation
             plan and process? Can we be included? Will the TTC commit to being proactive on
             this issue?
       A:    The TTC went door-to-door to ensure Connaught residents became involved in this
             project before the route for the connection track was chosen and Connaught Avenue
             was being considered. There was much opposition to using Connaught Avenue and
             it was important that Connaught residents were able to raise these concerns at the
             April meeting. We will talk to City Services regarding cleaning the dust. The
             Ashbridges Bay project is new infrastructure and that is why it is undergoing a
             Transit Project Assessment as compared to Connaught Street. The process for
             installing mitigation measures is different for new facilities and existing facilities, so
             the situation on Connaught is different than that on Leslie. That said, the concerns
             are important and we will follow-up to confirm when new tracks will be installed on
             Connaught to reduce noise and vibration on your street. (Note: Councillor Bussin added
             that Connaught Avenue residents will go through a similar mitigation process but at a later date,
             and that this she had made a motion to this effect at Council.)

       Q:    Will noise be mitigated at the Russell Yard?
       A:    This issue will be examined at a later date. Replacement of the tracks is the first step.

      4.8 Construction
       Q:    Was it indicated in your presentation that vegetation removal will begin August 1?
       A:    No. To clarify, it was indicated that due to the Migratory Birds Act, vegetation
             removal will be only be allowed between August 1 and April 14 in any given year.
             TTC will not begin any soil removal until the Transit Project Assessment is
             completed.

      4.9 Streetcars versus Buses
       Q:    Streetcars are not the best option for public transit. Electric buses are superior due
             to the facts they can circumvent obstacles, they are far less expensive than LRVs, and
             they will likely run more frequently than LRVs. Why are electric buses not being
             considered?
       A:    Buses do not attract the same ridership as LRVs. LRVs have a much higher
             passenger capacity than buses. On high-density routes, you would need many buses



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           to match the passenger capacity of LRVs, including a greater number of drivers. To
           install by-pass lanes to allow buses to pull over would likely require permanent
           removal of parking spaces on downtown streets. In the long-term, LRVs are more
           cost-effective than buses. Vehicle “bunching” will be reduced with the new LRVs.
           In sum, there is a whole series of advantages for LRVs compared to buses.

     Q:    Electric buses are one-twelfth the cost of LRVs, not including infrastructure costs.
           Why are electric buses not being considered on a purely fiscal level?
     A:    Analysis shows that LRVs are a cheaper option in the long-run. (Note: Equally
           important is that LRVs draw more ridership than buses can. It would also take multiple buses on
           the road to match the capacity of one LRV, so the operating costs for LRVs are more efficient.)

    4.10 Environmental Project Report
     Q:    Who is writing the Environmental Project Report (EPR)?
     A:    The EPR is being written jointly by AECOM and the TTC.

     Q:    When and where will the EPR be made available?
     A:    A notice of completion will be widely posted and distributed once the EPR is
           complete. It will be available on the project website, at the South Riverdale
           Community Health Centre, and at various libraries. If you have other suggestions as
           to where hard copies should be made available, please let us know.

     Q:    What is addressed in the EPR?
     A:    Five main topics are addressed in the EPR: natural environment (e.g., soil, water,); air
           quality (e.g., mitigation during construction, monitoring, dust control); traffic and
           transportation (e.g., detailed traffic reports, mitigation through signal changes); socio-
           economic and land use environment (e.g., property values, cash-in-lieu options); and
           noise and vibration (e.g., current noise and vibration data, commitments from the
           TTC for mitigation throughout the project).

     Q:    Will the report be explained to us through public consultation?
     A:    We will prepare a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to address common
           questions and concerns. The EPR will have an executive summary to help facilitate
           the understanding of its contents. If you have specific questions about the EPR, you
           are encouraged to contact Lito Romano, the Community Liaison Officer, and/or go
           into the TTC office where we would be pleased to talk to you about the report
           directly.




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      4.11 Design Considerations
       Q:    I am pleased about the landscape design competition, as the aesthetics of the site are
             important. In the same vein, the building in the facility should not be utilitarian, but
             should rather be iconic. Will there be a design panel to review the building design,
             and if not, why not?
       A:    The TTC is committed to design excellence. The plans are going to the City of
             Toronto’s design review panel for their input in September.

       Q:    How is public input helping to ensure the design of the building is iconic?
       A:    The building has been designed by Strasman Architects to be modern, state-of-the-
             art, and iconic. It will incorporate unique wave forms, lots of glass, and one section
             will replicate the aesthetics of an early type of streetcar. It will be built to Toronto
             Green Development Standards.

      4.12 Traffic
       Q:    Has the traffic study looked at increased traffic on Knox Avenue due to hindered
             access on Leslie Street?
       A:    Knox Avenue is not currently included in the traffic study. We will look into this,
             but please recall that the majority of the LRV traffic will occur outside of normal
             rush hour periods.

       C:    The traffic impact will be substantial. The last traffic study conducted in the area is
             from 2005. Council voted on this project without enough information about traffic
             impacts.
             (Note: A draft Executive Summary which included preliminary findings from the traffic study was
             presented to Council before the vote on June 9, 2010.)

      4.13 Other
       Q:    Streetcars on the 501 route often short-turned instead of going to Neville Park. Will
             this problem be remedied with the new LRVs?
       A:    We will pass this concern on to the TTC’s service planning group. (Note: TTC Service
             Planning subsequently provided the following update: The new LRVs will allow TTC to better
             regulate service on all of the existing streetcar routes, including 501 Queen, which will reduce the
             number of short-turns required to maintain scheduled service. However, because the 501 route
             operates in mixed traffic and is subject to traffic delays and events (e.g., non-TTC construction)
             which interrupt regular service, we expect there will continue to be a requirement for some degree of
             short-turning on the route after the arrival of the new LRVs.)




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     C:    I attended and recorded the Council debate on this project, and you may be
           interested to know that Councillor Bussin voted in favour of placing the facility at
           the Ashbridges Bay site.




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Appendix A – July 28, 2010 Public Meeting Summary
  TTC Ashbridges Bay Maintenance and Storage Facility for New Streetcars
  and Leslie Street Connecting Track

  On July 28, 2010, the TTC held a public meeting from approximately 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. to discuss
  the Transit Project Assessment Process for the TTC Ashbridges Bay Facility including Leslie
  Street connection tracks. The meeting was held at the Toronto Fire and EMS Training Centre
  (895 Eastern Avenue, Toronto).

  The meeting facilitator, Jim Faught of Lura Consulting welcomed attendees and outlined the
  agenda for the meeting. After some welcoming remarks, Adrienne Long of the TTC delivered a
  presentation. The rest of the agenda was devoted to a question and answer period between
  attendees and the project team.

  Councillor Sandra Bussin (Beaches-East York, Ward 32) thanked the audience for their
  attendance, and explained that this meeting was the third in a series of meetings regarding the
  Leslie Street connecting track for the Maintenance and Storage Facility. Previous to this
  meeting, the project team met with homeowners and businesses on Leslie Street. Similar
  meetings will be conducted with Connaught Avenue residents, but this undertaking will be
  separate from the Leslie Street mitigation strategy. Councillor Bussin also made reference to the
  Landscape Design Competition for the site, asking the community to please look at the three
  plans posted online. She announced that information meetings about the designs would be
  taking place on August 8th, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lake Shore Boulevard and Leslie Street and
  on August 10th, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Ashbridges Bay Park (Lake Shore Boulevard and
  Coxwell Avenue). Input from the community about the designs is very important for the
  decision-making process, and will be reported to a design jury.

  Following Councillor Bussin, David Nagler of the TTC provided some additional opening
  remarks. He stated that the TTC was looking forward to working with residents on enhanced
  streetscape options on Leslie Street, and acknowledged that this has been an extremely difficult
  project. David thanked the community for devoting so much of its time to discussing these
  important issues. He cited some examples of the influence public input has had on the project,
  such as the TTC’s decision to abandon a right-of-way track system for the new streetcars in
  order to maintain access levels in and out of residences and businesses on Leslie Street. David
  also reminded community members of the informational sessions regarding the Landscape
  Design Competition being held on Augsust 8th and 10th. The designs were influenced by public
  feedback from a meeting on the competition held on May 19th, 2010, and residents should
  indicate their preference. The TTC will be taking comments on the design options until August
  23rd, and a report summarizing all feedback will be posted online shortly afterwards. Finally,



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David noted that the project – while extremely difficult – will allow the TTC to provide the
needed maintenance to increase the carrying capacity of its streetcar fleet by thirty percent, and
also increase accessibility for all streetcar users. Service on the 501 should be improved for the
local community.

Following David’s opening remarks, Jim Faught noted that a comment form was available on
the meeting’s handout, and encouraged the community to submit their thoughts. Before giving
the floor to Adrienne Long, Jim asked that audience members hold their questions until after the
presentation.

Adrienne Long of the TTC welcomed attendees and delivered a presentation on the potential
effects and mitigation strategies for the Leslie Street connection track for the Ashbridges Bay
Maintenance and Storage Facility in anticipation of the arrival of the TTC’s new Light Rail
Vehicles (LRVs) in 2013.

Adrienne explained some of the potential impacts of the connection track, such as increased
noise levels. The process and the timing of the project were presented, including issues
regarding property issues, structural impacts, and construction management. The main subject
matter of the Environmental Project Report was outlined. Several of the designs to reduce noise
from the LRVs and their tracks were explained.

Following a question and answer period, the meeting was adjourned.

Presentation slides from this meeting will be posted on the project website at
http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/lrv/pdf/2010-07-28_presentation.pdf.




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Appendix B – Public Meeting Notification




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    Ashbridges Bay Maintenance and Storage Facility for New 
           Streetcars and Leslie St. Connecting Track   
                                 Notice of Public Meeting
                                 Wednesday July 28, 2010 
                                                    
The Toronto Transit Commission is hosting an information meeting on the Ashbridges Bay 
Maintenance and Storage Facility and the associated connecting track.  This is an opportunity to 
learn more about this facility and the measures that are being considered to provide a reliable 
and fully accessible transit service.   The meeting will address impacts and mitigation 
measures for such issues, as the removal of contaminated soil, noise and vibration levels and 
traffic associated with this project. 
 
Meeting Details 
 
Date:           Wednesday July 28, 2010       
Time :          6:30pm – 9:00pm       
Location:       Toronto EMS and Fire Academy  (895 Eastern Avenue)   
 
Project  Background 
 
The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission have ordered 204 new streetcars 
(Light Rail Vehicles) which will provide significant improvements:   
       Low‐floor  accessibility  for  people  with  disabilities,  seniors  and  families  with  strollers, 
       bicycle storage  
       Almost double the capacity of current streetcars  
       Multiple  doors  and  a  proof  of  payment  system  to  significantly  speed  boarding  and 
       exiting  
       Design enhancements to reduce noise and vibration  
        
The TTC and Toronto Council have approved a new facility for the storage of one hundred new 
streetcars at the Ashbridges Bay site, located at the southeast corner of Lake Shore Boulevard 
East and Leslie Street. The approval also includes the Leslie Street connection track, from  
Queen Street to Commissioner Street.  This facility is required to support the new streetcars 
which will begin to replace the current fleet in 2013. Background details are available at: 
www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/lrv            
 
Transit Project Assessment Process 
The environmental impact of the Ashbridges Bay  LRV Maintenance and Storage Facility and 
connection tracks will be assessed in accordance with the Transit Project Assessment (TPA) 
Process as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects and Greater Toronto 
Transportation Authority Undertakings (2008). As part of the Transit Project Assessment 
Process, the TTC is holding  a Public Meeting to present the proposed site layout for the 
Maintenance and Storage Facility and the connection track, along with its potential effects and 
recommended mitigation measures.   There will be an opportunity to incorporate comments 
received from the Public Meeting into the Environmental Project Report (EPR).  A public notice 
of study completion will then be issued to commence the 30 day review period for the EPR..  
 
Contact Us 
Please forward all comments and questions by August 6, 2010 to: 
 
Lito Romano 
TTC Community Liaison                                  
                       th
5160 Yonge Street, 13  Floor 
Toronto, ON M2N 6L9                     
www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/lrv            
Tel: 416‐397‐8699                        
Fax: 416‐338‐0279 
E‐mail: lito.romano@ttc.ca 
 
Under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, 
unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information such as name, address, 
telephone number and property location included in a submission will become part of the public 
record for this matter and will be released if requested to any person.   
Ashbridges Bay Maintenance and Storage Facility for
New Streetcars and Leslie Street Connecting Track
Notice of Commencement of
Transit Project Assessment Process

Background
The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission have
ordered 204 new streetcars (Light Rail Vehicles) which will
provide significant customer service improvements:
 > Low-floor accessibility for people with disabilities, seniors,
   families with strollers, bicycle storage
 > Almost double the passenger capacity of current streetcars
 > Multiple doors and a proof of payment system to increase
   the speed of boarding and exiting
 > Design enhancements to reduce noise and vibration

The Project
A new Maintenance and Storage Facility is required to support
the new streetcars which will begin to replace the current fleet in
2013. One hundred of the 204 new streetcars will be stored at
the Ashbridges Bay site, located at the southeast corner of Lake
Shore Boulevard East and Leslie Street. Connection tracks to the
Facility will be constructed on Leslie Street from Commissioners
Street to Queen Street as pictured in the map. Background details
are available at: www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/lrv

Leslie Street Connection Route
The Toronto Transit Commission (on June 2) and Toronto City
Council (on June 9) approved Leslie Street as the connecting
route for the new streetcars from Queen Street to the future
Ashbridges Bay Facility. Although new vehicle and track design
technology is expected to reduce noise and vibration compared         Contact Us
to existing streetcars, TTC will be conducting specific noise and
vibration investigations for potentially affected properties on       If you would like to be added to the project
Leslie Street. Mitigation measures will be implemented where          mailing list, share your comments or obtain more
required. Furthermore, TTC will be undertaking consultation           information, please contact:
regarding potential streetscape upgrades on the Leslie Street         Lito Romano
connection route.                                                     TTC Community Liaison Officer
The Transit Project Assessment (TPA) Process                          5160 Yonge Street, 13th Floor Toronto, ON,
                                                                      M2N 6L9
The environmental impact of the Ashbridges Bay LRV                    www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/lrv
Maintenance and Storage Facility and tracks on Leslie Street          Tel: 416-397-8699
from Queen Street to Commissioners Street will be assessed            Fax: 416-338-0279
in accordance with the TPA Process as prescribed in Ontario           E-mail: lito.romano@ttc.ca
Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects and Greater Toronto               Under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act and
Transportation Authority Undertakings (2008). As part of the TPA      the Environmental Assessment Act, unless otherwise
Process, an Environmental Project Report is being prepared. A         stated in the submission, any personal information
                                                                      such as name, address, telephone number and property
public Notice of Study Completion will be issued within 120 days,     location included in a submission will become part of
at which time the Environmental Project Report will be completed      the public record for this matter and will be released if
and posted publicly for a 30 day review period.                       requested to any person.
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