Residents near northern segment of Ontario Line route invited to virtual open house event

Tonight (June 30), Metrolinx experts will share the latest on frequently-raised Ontario Line topics for the northern segment of the line, such as the planned train maintenance and storage facility and what transit corridor lands mean for those who live in them.

People who live along the northern segment of the Ontario Line will have another opportunity this evening (June 30) to get the latest information about the project directly from a panel of Metrolinx experts. This will wrap up a series of four online open house events held throughout June, with tonight’s session focusing on the Pape, Cosburn, Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, and Science Centre areas.

It’ll begin with a presentation starting at 6:30pm for local residents, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Shift in the Route

Project leaders will share the latest details about the project, including updates surrounding the proposed train storage and maintenance facility in East York and a slight shift in the route of the line at the corner of Overlea Boulevard and Millwood Road in Thorncliffe Park. The route has been refined to cross Millwood and Overlea on the northwest corner, rather than the southeast corner of the intersection, which will make construction of the elevated guideway simpler by crossing one street instead of two.

The change also addresses feedback from the community by preventing impacts to the iconic Thorncliffe Park sign on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Image shows a large stone Thorncliffe Park sign
The Thorncliffe Park sign is very familiar to locals and visitors. (Metrolinx photo)
Image shows the route map

Noise and Vibration

Project leaders will also be available to discuss what transit corridor lands mean for those who own or occupy property on those lands, as well as how detailed noise and vibration studies will help inform how Metrolinx will keep things peaceful and quiet through the neighbourhoods the Ontario Line serves. The noise walls proposed to be built around the train maintenance and storage facility will be designed with input from the community to ensure safety, reduce noise and reflect the character of the neighbourhood. As usual, a question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

In addition to hosting these open house discussions, Metrolinx is also having one-on-one conversations with local businesses and organizations  currently operating in the area that will be occupied by the future maintenance and storage facility to help them relocate to other locations within the community or nearby, at no financial loss.

Participants can submit questions in advance or ask them during the meeting, in which the panel of Metrolinx experts will give detailed responses.

To sign up for tonight’s open house and submit your questions in advance, visit MetrolinxEngage.com.

Metrolinx posts a recording of each public input session online so you can catch up with the latest updates if you are not able to attend.

For more information about property and transit corridor lands, visit Metrolinx.com/property.

Story by James Moore, Metrolinx senior communications advisor