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Delcan CorporationToronto Transit Commission / City of TorontoEtobicoke-Finch West Light Rail TransitTransit Project AssessmentEnvironmental Project Report - AppendicesTransit City Etobicoke - Finch West LRTAPPENDIX M – Consultation RecordMarch 2010March 2010Appendix M

Delcan CorporationToronto Transit Commission / City of TorontoEtobicoke-Finch West Light Rail TransitTransit Project AssessmentEnvironmental Project Report - Appendices3.0 List of Interested Persons Participating in the Consultations1.0 IntroductionThis appendix documents in detail the consultations carried out with the technical agencies, the public,Consultation was carried out to encourage technical agencies to provide input during the course of theand the First Nations The following agencies were invited to be involved and provide comment on the TPAP study forthe EFWLRT:2.0 Description of Consultations and Follow-up EffortsGovernment Review AgenciesThe general public, government agencies and various interest groups were provided opportunities toreview and comment on this project during the course of the study.The City of Toronto PublicConsultation Team was involved in the overall public consultation process. They offered a wide rangeTechnical AgenciesCanadian Environmental AssessmentAgencyAll StreamEnvironmental CanadaMTA All Stream Inc.of communication methods to the public, including project web site, dedicated telephone number, fax,Department of Fisheries and OceansTelusand email address for contacting the project team.Indian and Northern Affairs Canada(INAC)Enwave Energy CorporationTransportation Canada-Ontario RegionGroup Telecom/360 NetworkMinistry of Aboriginal AffairsHydro One Network Inc.Ministry of Agriculture, Food and RuralAffairsToronto HydroTwo rounds of Public Open Houses or Public Information Centres (PICs) were scheduled for the publicMinistry of Citizenship and ImmigrationToronto Hydro Telecommunicationsto have direct communication with Project Team members. The public was also able to provideMinistry of CultureEnbridge Gas Distributioncomments online or via telephone. In addition to the two sets of Public Open Houses, a number ofMinistry of Municipal Affairs and HousingRogers Cable Inc.additional public meetings and presentations were requested and arranged by local councillors alongOntario Ministry of Municipal Affairs andHousingBell Canadathe Etobicoke-Finch West Light Rail Transit (EFWLRT) route.Ministry of Natural ResourcesToronto and Region ConservationAuthorityThis Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) has addressed the new Ontario Regulation 231/08Ministry of the EnvironmentCanadian National RailwayMinistry of Tourism and RecreationCanadian Pacific RailwayOntario Ministry of TransportationGO TransitOntario Realty CorporationToronto District School BoardMinistry of Health PromotionHumber CollegeMinistry of Energy and InfrastructureOntario Provincial PoliceMinistry of Health and Long-Term CareCity of Toronto Fire ServicesTechnical agencies, including federal, provincial, municipal agencies, utilities, and potential interestedgroups were contacted at the start of the project for their initial input.requirement to involve and consult with involved First Nations communities.The City of Torontoestablished a protocol to address the First Nations Consultation, included in this appendix.Thediscussions with the First Nations are summarized in the section below.Copies of all correspondence, minutes of meetings and comments from notified agencies, theconsultation reports summarizing the comments and recommendations received from the public,City of Toronto Police Servicescorrespondence with the First Nations communities are included in this appendix.Toronto Emergency Medical ServicesMeetings with major stakeholder agencies including the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority(TRCA), the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and Humber College were held to discuss the potentialMarch 2010Page 1

Delcan CorporationToronto Transit Commission / City of TorontoEtobicoke-Finch West Light Rail TransitTransit Project AssessmentEnvironmental Project Report - Appendicesimpacts and mitigation measures regarding the proposed LRT facility. TRCA was interested incorrespondence dated February 16, 2010 and responses are listed with the copies of theRegulated Areas, TRCA Program and Policy Areas and Provincial and Federal Program Areas locatedcorrespondence in this appendix.within the study area.A detailed contact list and minutes from a meeting with Humber College isprovided in this appendix.A summary of key issues and comments raised in the first round of open houses is provided below:Overwhelming support for the new LRT on Finch.The following government agencies were notified of the EFWLRT TPAP preliminary planning on July 23,Considerable amount of concern over the large distances between stops, especially for elderly,2008 and asked for information on potentially interested First Nations Communities:handicapped and women at night.-Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs (MAA)Concerns over the raised curb, which restricts left turns and forces U-turn movements.-Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)Concern about congestion caused by the project construction.oSpecific Claims BranchInterest in the use of hydro corridors as an alternative to on street transit and/or bike paths.oLitigation Management & Resolution BranchSupport for safe bike lanes and storage.oComprehensive Claims BranchPreference for underground connections to subway because it reduces the need for stairs andNotices of preliminary planning and request for written notice of any interest the First Nations mayprovides shelter from winter weather conditions.have in the studies are sent to the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.Questions concerning the timing and phasing of construction, and funding of the project.Assorted questions and comments relating to other transit issues.Margaret SaultDirector of Research, Lands and MembershipKey issues and comments raised in the second round of open houses are presented below, withMississaugas of the New Credit First Nationmore detailed comments provided in a public consultation report included in this appendix.2789 Mississauga Road, R.R. 6General support and encouragement for the project specifically and for expanded transit inHagersville, ON N0A 1H0general;905-768-0100Concerns about accessibility for connecting at Yonge/Finch Station and proposed Keele Station;masault@yahoo.comConcerns about increased traffic congestion as a result of reduced left hand turn lanes;Concerns about locating the LRT mid street on Finch rather than in the Hydro corridor;Concerns about disruption to businesses during construction, the re-routing of traffic and4.0 Summary of Commentsstaging impacts;Comments received from the TRCA during a meeting between the TTC and TRCA on August 24, 2008,Support and concerns about the provision of bike lanes within the corridor.a TRCA Letter on March 19, 2009 with comments on the Existing Conditions Report with the studyteam’s responses, a TRCA letter dated October 7, 2009 regarding a review on an additional stop, and aletter on March 11, 2010 with responses to the Draft Environmental Project Report. Comments werereceived from the Ministry of Environment (MOE) in October 2009, however, these were based on anoriginal rough draft of the Environmental Project Report (EPR) that has subsequently been significantlymodified. They can be found in this appendix. A listing of MOE comments based on MOEMarch 2010Page 2

Delcan CorporationToronto Transit Commission / City of TorontoEtobicoke-Finch West Light Rail TransitTransit Project AssessmentEnvironmental Project Report - AppendicesThe following table summarizes the comments received from this round of open houses and theCategoryresponses provided. More detail is included in the open house summary report in this appendix.CategoryTrafficStop LocationNoise andVibrationLRT SystemProperty ImpactsBicycle LanesLRT AlignmentMarch 2010Comment/IssueLeft turn lanes are beingeliminated from all butsignalized intersections.Traffic infiltration concerns dueto the reconfiguration ofintersections.The proposed stop locationsare too far apart.Concern with noise impactsPreferred subway rather thanLRTConcern about the propertyimpacts due to the LRTfacilitiesThe utilization of bicycle lanesLRT in the Hydro Corridorinstead of Etobicoke-FinchResponse/Future Course of ActionRecommended changes to the left turn movementarrangements can ensure effective and safe LRT operationand pedestrian movements.A traffic monitoring program will be undertaken by the City’sTransportation Services Division before project construction.The monitoring program relating to local traffic impacts willbe an ongoing initiative. It is not possible to be definitive atthis time regarding the specific measures (such as turnprohibitions) that would be implemented as a result of themonitoring program, because the exact nature of themagnitude of the traffic effects is uncertain. However, TrafficServices staff will work with City Councilors and thecommunity to address any local traffic issue. Should anyresidents/businesses have existing traffic/operation concernsthey are encouraged to contact Transportation Services.Stop locations were carefully examined as part of the study.The stop locations were recommended based onconsideration of the transit ridership generated, LRToperations performance, and proximity to adjacentintersections, roadway gradient, physical constraints andtraffic impacts.A detailed noise analysis was completed for the noisesensitive areas within the study corridor. The projected noiselevel changes as a result of the implementation of theEFWLRT are forecast to be less than 5dBA at any receptorlocation. Therefore, consideration of noise mitigation is notrequired in accordance with MOE/TTC criteria.The forecast ridership demand indicates that LRT will be amore cost-effective transit solution for the corridor.Compensation will be provided for temporary and permanentproperty requirements. For permanent property taking,compensation will be provided at fair market value, which isdetermined at the time of purchase with a property appraisalreport forming the basis for negotiations. Compensation willalso be provided for temporary property requirements. Uponcompletion of construction, temporary property will bereturned to the owner and as near as reasonably possiblerestored to its original condition.The provision of bicycle lanes along EFWLRT supports thevision of the Toronto Official Plan and the City’s policies toprovide road users an alternative transportation mode tocommute. Providing bicycle lanes along Transit City routescan create a bicycle friendly environment that encouragesthe future use of bicycles for everyday transportation andenjoyment.LRT needs to serve the transit demand, transfer points andtrip generators that are on Finch Avenue West. A bus serviceComment/IssueAvenue WestResponse/Future Course of Actionwould still be required on Finch Avenue if a transit serviceswere running in the Hydro corridor. In addition, there aretechnical challenges to operating in the corridor despite itsappearance of openness, such as crossing the G. Ross LordReservoir near Dufferin Street. Hydro One also hasstringent requirements for clearances, electrical isolation andother considerations that would be difficult for an electricallypowered transit line to meet.5.0 Summary of Discussions with First NationsIn correspondence dated March 19, 2009, INAC confirmed that other than the Mississaugas of the NewCredit First Nation, there are no other First Nations in the vicinity of the City. In a furthercorrespondence dated April 11, 2009, INAC indicated that they were aware of only one active litigationclaim “in the area of part of Eastern Toronto” by the eight (8) First Nations Communities making upthe Williams Treaty Bands. In a correspondence dated August 28, 2009, the TTC notified these Bandsof the TPAP study and asked them to provide the nature of any interest they may have in the EFWLRTin writing. They were also invited to meet with the TTC to discuss any such interests.As of September 24, 2009, no Williams Treaty Bands indicated any interest in the project. A meetingwith the Bands will again be offered should they express any interest or concern.On January 10, 2007, Public Consultation staff from the City of Toronto met with Director MargaretSault and Chief Bryan LaForme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation to discuss the bestmethod of consulting with the community for all Environmental Assessments conducted by the City ofToronto. The City was asked to notify Ms. Sault of all Environmental Assessments undertaken by theCity, but should not expect a written response from the Mississaugas. Furthermore, they wish to becontacted immediately should any First Nations archaeological material be found, and constructionstopped temporarily until a mutually acceptable agreement is reached on how to proceed.For the EFWLRT study, the preliminary planning notice and notice of the first Public Open House andrequest for any expression of interest were mailed to the Mississaugas of the New Credit on July 23,2008. The Notice of the second Public Open House was mailed on November 20, 2009. The notice wasPage 3

Delcan CorporationToronto Transit Commission / City of TorontoEtobicoke-Finch West Light Rail TransitTransit Project AssessmentEnvironmental Project Report - Appendicessent via email to all three branches of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (Comprehensive Claims,Specific Claims, Litigation Management and Resolution).On this same date, a notice was sent viaemail to the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. Letters advising of the Notice of Commencement ofthe study and seeking any comments were also mailed on November 20th, 2009 asking First Nations(as identified by INAC and Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs) which included Mississaugas of the NewCredit, eight Williams Treaty Bands and Williams Treaty Legal Coordinator Ms. Karry Sandy McKenzie.Follow-up phone calls and emails were made to the Mississaguas of the New Credit as well as the eightWilliams Treaty Bands on December 15, 2009 to ensure that all First Nations identified were aware ofthe project.A follow-up email asking for confirmation of receipt of Notice of Commencement was sent to theDirector of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation on December 17th, 2009. As of January11, 2010, no comments have been received from the notified First Nation groups.Summaries of the First Nations consultation/notification undertaken as of September 3, 2009 andSeptember 8, 2009 are attached in this appendix.Correspondence from the Alderville First Nation indicated that the EFWLRT project was deemed a level3 having minimal potential to impact their First Nations’ rights.Copies of all written comments submitted by the First Nations communities are attached in thisappendix.6.0 Responses to Comments/ConcernsComments/concerns expressed by the TRCA, MOE, and the public were addressed with the studyteam’s response/future course of action provided in this appendix.No concerns were expressed by the First Nations communities.March 2010Page 4

Delcan CorporationToronto Transit Commission / City of TorontoEtobicoke-Finch West Light Rail TransitTransit Project AssessmentEnvironmental Project Report - AppendicesTransit City Etobicoke - Finch West LRTPublic ConsultationMarch 2010March 2010Appendix M

Delcan CorporationToronto Transit Commission / City of TorontoEtobicoke-Finch West Light Rail TransitTransit Project AssessmentEnvironmental Project Report - AppendicesTransit City Etobicoke - Finch West LRTPublic Information Centre 1March 2010March 2010Appendix M

Toronto Transit CommissionTransit City Open HousesEtobicoke-Finch West LRTJuly-AugustSummary Results ReportPrepared by Lura ConsultingAugust 2008This summary report was prepared by LURA Consulting. LURA is providing third-party openhouse hosting services as part of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and the City ofToronto Transit City projects. This summary captures the key comments submitted during thenoted open houses. It is not intended as a verbatim transcript. If you have any questions orcomments regarding the summary, please contact:Rick HolliEtobicoke-Finch West LRT Project ManagerTTCPhone: 416-393-7847rick.holli@ttc.caJean-Louis GaudetConsultantLura ConsultingPhone: 416-410-3888 x 5jgaudet@lura.caTable of ContentsTTC ETOBICOKE-FINCH WEST LRT JULY-AUGUST OPEN HOUSES – SUMMARY REPORT1

Introduction . 3Comment Summary . 3Appendix – Aggregated Comments . 3Suggestions . 3Concerns . 4General Support . 5Other Comments . 5Questions . 5Other Transit Issues. 5TTC ETOBICOKE-FINCH WEST LRT JULY-AUGUST OPEN HOUSES – SUMMARY REPORT2

IntroductionAs part of the Transit City process, the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) areproposing ways to significantly improve transit service by building a Light Rapid Transit (LRT) line on FinchAvenue West between Yonge Street and the Highway 27 area.Three public open houses were held in July and August 2008 as part of the first series of City LRT open houses.The purpose of the open house was to share information about the Etobicoke-Finch West Transit project withthe community and to gather feedback on preliminary project plans. The details and participation in the openhouses are provided in the table below.Tuesday, July 29, 2008Location# of participants(signed-in)# of commentforms received6:30pm - 9:00pmNorth York MemorialCommunity Hall5110 Yonge Street9214Wednesday, August 6,20086:30pm to 9:00pmJane-Finch Mall1911 Finch Avenue West98Thursday, August 7,20086:30pm to 9:00pmElmbank CommunityCentre10 Rampart Rd562113Each open house included 39 detailed display boards, a Frequently Asked Questions handout (both available fordownload on the project web page at finch w lrt), a continuous-loop slideshow with voice over, and an open invitation to ask questions and discuss the plan with the many project teammembers present.Participants were invited to write down their ideas and opinions on comment forms and submit them at theregistration table. In addition to the comment forms, project team members and Lura staff also recordedparticipant comments on clip boards.The public is also able to provide comments online or via telephone. Up to August 20th the TTC also received76 comments via email and telephone, many of which were questions and/or requests to be added to themailing list.This report summarizes all comments received through the open houses and other communication channels.Comment SummaryA summary of the key issues and comments raised are presented below, with detailed comments provided in theAppendix. Concerns over the raised curb, which restricts left turns and forces U-turns.Concern about congestion caused by the project construction or on-going.Interest in the use of hydro-corridors as an alternative to on street transit and/or bike paths.Support for safe bike lanes and storage.Preference for underground connections to subway because it reduces the need for stairs andprovides shelter from winter weather conditions.Questions concerning the timing and phasing of construction, and funding of the project.Assorted questions and comments relating to other transit issues.Appendix – Aggregated CommentsA summary of all aggregated comments are presented below. They are grouped by topic and type of comment.A number in brackets is used to count duplicate comments received.Etobicoke-Finch West LRT Open Houses SummaryDate Overwhelmingly general support for the new LRT on Finch.Considerable amount of concern over the large distances between stops, especially for elderly,handicapped and women at night.TTC ETOBICOKE-FINCH WEST LRT JULY-AUGUST OPEN HOUSES – SUMMARY REPORTSuggestionsStop Placement Put a stop between Westmore & Martin Grove, because many residents live there. Consider additional stop between Albion and Kipling, because there is a large senior population onSilverstone using the existing bus stop. Need more stops west of Kipling for residents. The wide stop spacing is appropriate. There seems to be a stop missing at Bathurst & Finch. A Senlac stop should serve the Willowdale Middle Schol There should be a stop between Finchurst Drive and Edithvale Drive for elderly people transferring tothe bus going north at Senlac Rd /Grantbrook St.Alignment /Routing /Design Underground connections to subway are preferred because it reduces the need for stairs and protectpeople from winter weather conditions. (4) Use the hydro corridors rather than Finch Ave. (4) Suggest routing south onto the hydro-corridor at Tamarisk Park to Humber College Blvd. and go alongHumber College Blvd. to serve the hospital and the college. Consider a connection to Pearson Airport. (3) Good idea to connect with Woodbine Live. Suggestion that the developer help pay for aterminal/connection. Extend to Humber College Blvd. (3) Suggested option: turn west on Albion Rd. from Finch, and continue to Hwy 27 and Albion then turnsouth onto Hwy 27 to Humber College. Passing under the Hwy 400 and railway tracks is preferred. Consider an elevated LRT system, similar to new systems in India. Extend the LRT to where Finch and Steeles meet. Connect to GO transit from Brampton. (2) Consider a connection to the Sheppard Line. Reconfigure median islands at Dufferin on north side of Finch3

Continue the LRT east of Yonge St.Signalized intermediate intersections should cross the streetcar tracks to minimize inconvenience.Use support for CPR bridge when building tracks underneath railway and temporarily close off the 400bridge because no connection underground would be made in order to build a tunnel underneath theroad to by-pass either bridge.Bathurst & Finch: 400 exit bring cars traveling east, turning left (north) on Bathurst – expand & providea double north turning lane (boulevard is there).Finch Station Design Continue the LRT service into Finch Station. Support for options 2, 3 & 4. Option 1A at Finch West station at Keele St is preferred. Reduce walking time to Yonge subway. (2) Disqualify options that require transfers through street entrances because they are not conductive toincreasing ridership. Go underground or use bus bay. If bus bay is used, bus-LRT relationship will need to be carefullymanaged. If underground, timing of first/last LRT vs subway could be complicated.Bicycles Bike lanes are imperative. (4) Put the bike lanes on the sidewalk side of the curb. Put trees between the road and the bike path, forincreased safety. Put cycle lane outside of vehicle lanes. Provide safe cut-throughs at side streets.(2) Provide bike storage/locking stations, preferably sheltered and with surveillance. Intermodalconnections are key. (2) Bicyclist safety should be a high priority. Put a curb between bike lane and cars. Put removable bollards between bike car lanes like in Montreal. Consider a bike lane between Dufferin & York University. The bike route in the Hydro-corridor is best with access down to Wilminton. Consider a route along West Don St. Bernard’s Convalescent Home. Raised platforms are a barrier for bicycles. Concerned the new right of way might interfere with existing popular North -South bike routes. Inparticular the Senlac-Grantbrook route.Open House / Communications Approach Messages need to be provided in the popular languages. Food should be provided. Provide reusable cups for water. Make the project information specifics more accessible.TTC ETOBICOKE-FINCH WEST LRT JULY-AUGUST OPEN HOUSES – SUMMARY REPORTOther There should be parking lots for commuters, specifically close to Hwy 400, with the LRT connection toKeele and on the west end too. (3)Suggest an independent power supply for this LRT (e.g. wind power, solar panels).Keep a bus going along with LRT in between but not as frequent as LRT to make all of the usual localstops that the LRT will be cutting out.Design streetscape enhancements all along the route, especially in the Jane & Finch area.Provide “next train” timing indicators.Provide train tracking via the Internet.Plant trees along the road.Provide washrooms at major stops.Ensure clear signage, especially at LRT intersections with stations.Consider more frequent single trains rather than less frequent double trains.This project should be run by a new smaller company other than the TTC in order to provide betterservice.Let residents know about the construction phasing.The section between Yonge St. and Keele St. should be built first to support this heavily populatedcorridor.ConcernsStop Placement Stops are too far apart causing long walks. This is especially a problem for elderly, handicapped, womenat night, and parents with young children. (15)o Especially between Yonge and Edithville. The larger distances will cause more people to use Wheel-Trans. (2)Traffic Issues Concerns over the raised curb which restricts left turns and forces U-turns. (10)o Lost business because of inconvenience.o Frequent inconvenience to residents.(2)o Will cause more traffic line-ups.o Cause more use of side streets.o Hamper emergency vehicles.o Specifically Glenborough Park Cres. Drivers are likely to make increase used of side streets to avoid U-turns. This could be a safety concernon streets with schools. Concern about congestion: (6)o Specifically between HWY 400 and Islington Rd.o During construction (2) Potential increase in accidents cause by U-turns at intersections. (2)Other Concern about tax increase. (4)Cost is too high.(3)Dedicated bus lanes would be preferred (3).4

Trains are prone to back-ups along the line from just one break-down. (3)Worried about any possible expropriations.Aesthetic of wires would be ugly. (2)Concern about safety for accessing the center platform.Concerns about increasing cost of TTC fares.General disapproval of LRT on Finch. (2)Finch collapsed in the past. Don’t want it to happen again.Protect conservation areas.Concerned about the safety of J-walkers.Don’t want to see bus drivers laid-off.Worried about snow removal.Concerned about LRT noise and ground rumble.Concerned about the elimination of buses.General Support General approval of the plan and a desire to see it happen. (20)Appreciate stops reaching Humber College.Look forward to future communication and project additions.Encourage the TTC and City to push through with current plans and not give in to auto-lobbies.Volunteer offers to help project team.Like the low entrance height from platform.Other Comments Seems roadways are narrower on Finch than Sheppard LRT.Don’t replicate Calgary’s mistakes.This should have been done 20 years ago.Electric power is good for the environment. (2)There is traffic and Keele and Finch at 12pm.I love the idea of connection the different lines.This line will improve Dufferin and Finch intersection.Questions What is the construction schedule? When will the first LRT line be open? (10)Do you have the money to implement?How much will this cost? (4)Not clear why LRT is better than buses on a dedicated lane? (3)Why is it called “Etobicoke-Finch West” i.e. why include “Etobicoke” compared to the names of otherlines? (2)What will be the hours of operation? (2)How will the system deal with snow? (2)How will the system deal with the slope on Bathurst? (2)Will the platforms have shelters?TTC ETOBICOKE-FINCH WEST LRT JULY-AUGUST OPEN HOUSES – SUMMARY REPORT Will a noise barrier fence be erected for properties that back onto the road?Is there a minimum standard dimension for street widths etc?Will there be an added ride cost when travelling over the city border?Will this include new sewers for the likely increased development?How will bike racks work on LRT?Are there studies showing the economic impact on businesses?Is there space for the additional lanes? (4)Are LRT’s safe?Will they have a driver?Can greenspace be maintained above the LRT power lines in some way?At MacTier: If sidewalks are rerouted (aerially?) at the underpass, would enough space in street width beavailable?What provisions are being left open for an eastward extension from Finch Station in the futureHow and when will snow be removed from the bike lanes?What will happen to other bus lines that bring people to Finch station?How will service differ from Spadina?Could you give a comparison of sound and vibrations compared to existing street cars?Will there be an interim service during construction?Where will the trains be stored?Do you do traffic studies?Will lanes

Category Comment/Issue Response/Future Course of Action Traffic Left turn lanes are being eliminated from all but signalized intersections. Recommended changes to the left turn movement arrangements can ensure effective and safe LRT operation and pedestrian movements. Traffic infiltration concerns due to the reconfiguration of intersections.