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Transit Town Hall meeting Yonge and Eglinton

On Monday, October 22nd I attended the Transit Town Hall meeting arranged by Councillor Josh Matlow, located in North Toronto Memorial Community Centre. The meeting discussed the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Yonge subway overcrowding, new transit funding tools, University-Spadina line expansion and a Downtown relief line.

Speakers and presenters included, Paul Bedford (former Chief Planner, City of Toronto), Richard Joy(Toronto Board of Trade), Steve Munro(Transit Expert), and representative from Metrolinx and the TTC. Below are some key notes from the meeting.

The Downtown relief line is becoming a first priority. The Yonge line is over congested, and new transit downtown needs to be developed to deal with a growing passenger congestion crisis. Proposed images for Downtown relief line.

The Eglinton-Scarborough LRT completion is set for 2020. During construction, Eglinton will be reduced to one lane both ways from Dufferin to Glen Cedar Road(just west of Bathurst). The cost for Eglinton-Scarborough project is estimated at $4.9Billion. You can access more details on the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown at www.thecrosstown.ca. Keep informed with community webpage Eglinton 2020.

The Yonge line is over capacity during peak hours. Expansion of the Yonge line to Hwy7 will not begin until there is congestion relief. The expansion of the University-Spadina line is suppose to give some relief to the Yonge line. Subway signal mechanism has not been updated since 1954.

New transit funding ideas include: driving tolls, congestion charges, sales or payroll or parking taxes, gas taxes, shunting property tax uplift to a dedicated fund, tax on Hamilton residence, and more.

There was a large attendance from the local community, and many people eager to ask questions.

Yonge & Eglinton Area Developments:

a>    Tentative Application for 39 story development Duplex & Eglinton

b>   Sammy’s Garage, Hillsdale & Yonge tentative 9 story development

c>    Davisville Jr. Public School proposed a 12 story point tower on property residential zoning

d>   Bazis International 64 and 38 story condominiums NE corner Yonge/Eglinton. Dispute no towers should be hirer than Minto Quantum 54 stories.

Alex Melconian
Sales Representative
RE/MAX Hallmark Realty LTD.
O: 416.494.7653 C: (647) 887-7995

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Published Monday, October 29, 2012 9:14 PM by Alex Melconian

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