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  • November 29, 2017

Our Advocacy Convinces Mayor Tory to Study Tunnelling the Eglinton West LRT

Mayor Tory's motion to study tunnelling the Eglinton West LRT passes City of Toronto Executive Committee

Dear Friends, 

In January 2016, Mayor John Tory announced that he would no longer consider heavy rail on Eglinton Avenue as part of SmartTrack, and instead, would proceed with an LRT (light rail transit) from Mount Dennis to Pearson Airport. The plan originally proposed for the project was an LRT that would run along the middle of Eglinton Avenue on the surface of the road.
 
I believe that an LRT down the middle of Eglinton would be unacceptable and I have been fighting on your behalf, to tunnel the LRT.

My advocacy to tunnel the Eglinton LRT

Tunnelling the LRT would be better for transit riders, better for drivers, better for taxpayers, and better for our community in Etobicoke.

I have been advocating on this issue since early 2016. I have consulted extensively with our community and co-hosted a Transit Town Hall and a community consultation in Etobicoke with Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca on this issue. I have also met on multiple occasions with Mayor Tory, the Premier, and Minister Del Duca to advocate for tunnelling.

In addition, I wrote Mayor Tory in May 2016 to ask the Mayor to halt the sale of lands that were set aside for transit along the North side of Eglinton Avenue and wrote to Metrolinx CEO John Jensen in May 2017 to request that the City of Toronto and Metrolinx study the full range of grade separation options for the Eglinton West LRT, including tunnelling. I also advocated for tunnelling at a recent consultation hosted by City of Toronto staff about the Eglinton LRT at Martingrove Collegiate on November 13.


Good news!

On December 5, 2017 Mayor Tory passed a motion at City Council directing staff to study tunnelling and/or grade separations for the Eglinton West LRT.

Mayor Tory’s announcement would not have happened without our advocacy, so I would like to thank all of you for your advocacy and support. I would also like to thank Mayor Tory for considering our input and for taking this important step.

I will continue to do all I can to ensure both the City of Toronto and Metrolinx tunnel the Eglinton LRT.


QUICK FACTS:
  • The initial business case presented to Toronto City Council for the Eglinton West LRT in June 2016 indicated that the cost-benefit ratio of tunnelling the LRT was comparable to at-grade options.
  • The same initial business case indicated that a tunnelled LRT was the only solution where the benefits could outweigh the costs. The majority of the benefits are from the time that a tunnelled LRT would save existing transit users (for details see pages 21-22).
 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call my office at 416-234-2800 or email us at ybaker.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org.

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