Public Meeting Stouffville Rail Corridor Expansion Program - June 23, 2016 Agincourt Recreation Centre 31 Glenn Watford Drive, Scarborough - Metrolinx

 
Public Meeting Stouffville Rail Corridor Expansion Program - June 23, 2016 Agincourt Recreation Centre 31 Glenn Watford Drive, Scarborough - Metrolinx
Stouffville Rail Corridor Expansion Program
                 Public Meeting

June 23, 2016

Agincourt Recreation Centre
31 Glenn Watford Drive, Scarborough
Public Meeting Stouffville Rail Corridor Expansion Program - June 23, 2016 Agincourt Recreation Centre 31 Glenn Watford Drive, Scarborough - Metrolinx
Meeting Agenda
    6:30-6:45   Sign-in and Registration

    6:45-7:00   Recap and Program Update

    7:00-7:30   Community Questions

    7:30-7:45   Agincourt Station Modifications

    7:45-8:30   Open Discussion

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Public Meeting Stouffville Rail Corridor Expansion Program - June 23, 2016 Agincourt Recreation Centre 31 Glenn Watford Drive, Scarborough - Metrolinx
Recap
    At the March 29, 2016 meeting there were questions about:
       •   Electrification
       •   Drainage
       •   Construction and Noise Wall Installation
       •   Agincourt GO Station Improvements
       •   Safety/Crossing Improvements
       •   Construction Impacts
       •   Overall Program
    Following the meeting answers were sent out to residents on the project
    email list, posted to the website and are available at the registration table
    tonight.

       Since our last meeting, we’ve received questions on the project covered in
                                  tonight’s presentation.

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Public Meeting Stouffville Rail Corridor Expansion Program - June 23, 2016 Agincourt Recreation Centre 31 Glenn Watford Drive, Scarborough - Metrolinx
Opportunities to Connect
               2016 Quarterly Meetings              Outreach in the Community

    • Today - June 23, 2016              • Community Office opens in September 2016

    • September 2016                     • Drop-in hours Tuesday’s from 10AM-12PM at
                                           Agincourt Community Services Association
    • December 2016                        (ACSA) 4155 Sheppard Ave. E. Ste 100:

                                          • June 28
                                          • July 5
                                          • July 12
                                          • July 19
                                          • July 26
                                          • August 2
                                          • August 9
                                          • August 16
                                          • August 23
                                          • August 30

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Public Meeting Stouffville Rail Corridor Expansion Program - June 23, 2016 Agincourt Recreation Centre 31 Glenn Watford Drive, Scarborough - Metrolinx
Program Update
    Stouffville Corridor Overview
                                                              Design:          2016 - 2017
                                     Unionville GO
                                                                               15% Complete
                                        Station               Construction:    2017-2019
                                                              Design:          2016 - 2017
                                  Milliken GO Station                          15% Complete
                                                              Construction:    2017-2019

                                 Phase 1 Track work           Construction:    Underway - 2017
                                 Kennedy Road to Marilyn          Work sequencing generally
                                        Avenue                    progresses north to south
                                                              Design:         2016 - 2017
       Community                 Agincourt GO Station                         15% Complete
       Office
                                                              Construction:   2017 - 2019

                                 Phase 2 Track work           Design:         Complete
                                    Sheppard Avenue to        Construction:   Early 2017- 2019
                                   Scarborough Junction

                                 Kennedy GO Station           Design:         2016 - 2017
                                 Part of Eglinton Crosstown   Construction:   2017 - 2021
     * Dates Subject to Change

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Public Meeting Stouffville Rail Corridor Expansion Program - June 23, 2016 Agincourt Recreation Centre 31 Glenn Watford Drive, Scarborough - Metrolinx
Program Update
    What’s happening now?                          Phase 1 Track Work

    •   Community Office to open September
        2016                                         Milliken GO

    •   Site clearing and grading continues for
        Phase 1 (Between Milliken and
        Agincourt GO stations)
    •   Phase 1 noise wall auger foundations to
        start Summer 2016
    •   Agincourt station modifications early        Agincourt GO
        design underway
                                                      Community Office
    •   Steeles Ave grade separation EA
        underway by City of Toronto
    •   Electrification public meetings underway
    •   Phase 2 resident consultations for
        encroachments and trees
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Public Meeting Stouffville Rail Corridor Expansion Program - June 23, 2016 Agincourt Recreation Centre 31 Glenn Watford Drive, Scarborough - Metrolinx
Community Questions

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Public Meeting Stouffville Rail Corridor Expansion Program - June 23, 2016 Agincourt Recreation Centre 31 Glenn Watford Drive, Scarborough - Metrolinx
Community Questions
What is the Schedule for Track Work?

                                 Phase 1 Track work   Construction: Underway - 2017
                                  Kennedy Road to       Work sequencing generally
                                   Marilyn Avenue       progresses north to south

     * Dates Subject to Change
Public Meeting Stouffville Rail Corridor Expansion Program - June 23, 2016 Agincourt Recreation Centre 31 Glenn Watford Drive, Scarborough - Metrolinx
Community Questions

     Noise Wall Installation
                                                  Phase 1 Track Work
    • Phase 1 installation of the east side
      noise walls from Marilyn Avenue to
      Kennedy Avenue north of Steeles to          Milliken GO
      begin later this summer/fall
       • Grading of one side of the corridor
          needs to happen in order to make           Step 1
          space for the noise wall auguring          East Side
          equipment                                  ~ 3 weeks
                                                     behind each
       • East side timeline is very different        backyard
          than the west because we need to        Agincourt GO
          shift the tracks to do the noise wall
          work
    • Noise walls will be owned and
      maintained by Metrolinx

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Public Meeting Stouffville Rail Corridor Expansion Program - June 23, 2016 Agincourt Recreation Centre 31 Glenn Watford Drive, Scarborough - Metrolinx
Community Questions

     Stormwater Management
     • Stormwater design has been completed and a copy of the report can be
       found on our website.
     • How does the final design address drainage and pooling?
     • How are we addressing drainage and pooling during construction?
        – The construction activities create a lot of sediment run-off and in order to prevent this dirt and
          mud from clogging the drainage system, straw bales and silt fence are used to withhold the dirt
          and allow the water to continue to drain

        – Pooling along the corridor during construction activities is to be as minimal as possible and it is
          the responsibility of the contractor to ensure drainage paths are maintained throughout
          construction

        – Once construction activities are completed, the final drainage channels/ditches will be graded
          to ensure drainage to the existing drainage outlets

        – New underground storm sewers are being installed along the corridor where space for a ditch
          is not possible, and new culverts crossing from east to west side of the tracks are being
          installed as well.

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Community Questions

     Property Impacts
     •   Phase 1 & 2 is being constructed within the existing rail corridor with property issues
         limited to encroachments and trees.
     •   Currently Agincourt Station Redesign impacts are being assessed and Metrolinx is
         finalizing details over the next few months. All affected property owners will be
         contacted and impacts will be discussed and addressed
     •   Impacts can be in the form of:
           – Acquistion (property taking – Metrolinx works with the property owner to reach an
               agreement on the property purchase, expropriation is typically a last resort)
           – Permanent Easement (Owner retains ownership, but Metrolinx would have
               permanent rights to access the land)
           – Temporary Easement (Owner retains ownership, but Metrolinx would have use of
               the land for a period of time to permit construction – approx. 2-3 years)
           – Encroachments (where the owner has private fences, sheds, etc. built within the
               rail corridor)

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Community Questions

     Safety as a priority
      Safety as a priority for our operations and construction. It is mandatory that all
     construction contractors have a Metrolinx approved Safety Management Plan in
      place. The plan is also consistently monitored by a Contract Administrator. The
     contractor is responsible to ensure that safety orientations and job briefings are
                carried out prior to and during the performance of the work.

     •   Peter Mohyla, GO Transit Safety will be conducting a presentation on behalf
         of Operation Lifesaver to the students at Lynnwood Heights Junior Public
         School on this upcoming Tuesday, June 28.
     •   We’re also planning a back to school education campaign in September in
         conjunction with TDSB and TCDSB.
     •   Over the summer we will be organizing safety advisory committee, audit
         walks and encourage members of the community to attend and provide
         insight and feedback.

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Agincourt Station Modifications
     Community Focus Group Workshop and Customer
     Feedback

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Station feedback to date

•       We are in the early stages of planning modifications to the Agincourt GO Station
        (currently at 30% preliminary design).
•       By starting discussions early in the station design process we are looking to better
        understand and incorporate the needs of residents and customers in guiding the final
        design of the station.
•       A Station Modification Focus Group was held at the Agincourt Recreation Centre on
        May 3rd, attended by 20 participants, and supported by an online survey for feedback
        from May 25 to June 5.

    •   The on-line survey was
        promoted during the morning
        rush at the Agincourt Station
        on May 31, 2016 as well as
        through the Agincourt
        Community email distribution
        list. 156 responses were
        collected in total.

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The majority of our respondents are both GO customers and
       community residents.

                                                                     TYPE OF RESPONDER

                  Only take GO Transit but
                 do not consider themselves
                   as community residents                                      Live in the community
                  (Referred to as ‘Only GO                                  around Agincourt GO Station        88% of residents have
                         Customers’)                                         and do not use GO Transit          lived in the area for
                                                 24%                            (Referred to as ‘Only                10+ years.
                                                                        11%          Residents’)

                                                                  65%                                       10% have lived in the
                                                                             Both, take GO transit and
                                                                                                             area for less than 2
                                                                              consider themselves as
                                                                                                             years, 35% for 2-10
                                                                               community residents
                                                                                                             years and 55% for
                                                                                                               over 10 years.

Which of the following applies to you? How long have you lived in the area near the Agincourt GO Station?
Base: Total respondents: n=156; Only GO Customers: n=38; Only Residents: n=17; Both: n=101                                              15
Agincourt Station Modifications
      Meeting Objective                   Constraints

      Work together to reflect            •   Local design issues
      community aspirations and
      maximize community building         •   Broadly consistent with
      opportunities by:                       Metrolinx policies

      •   Building a shared
          understanding                   •   Site conditions, engineering
                                              solutions
      •   Developing key community
          factors
      •   Advancing the work of the       •   Not contravene established
          residents association and the       Provincial regulations and
          community                           staying with current budget
                                              scope

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Agincourt Station Modifications
       Project Elements
       •    New 2nd track                   •    New relocated station building
       •    New platform                    •    New kiss and ride
       •    Pedestrian tunnels/elevators    •    Improved community access
       •    Platform canopy/enclosure

       Project Timelines
       •    Preliminary Design – Spring 2016
       •    Design-build Tender – Summer 2016
       •    Final Design – Spring 2017
       •    Construction – Summer 2017 to 2019
       *Dates subject to change

     Metrolinx is looking for input into the design of Agincourt Station and will keep
                           you informed throughout the design
                                 and construction process

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Agincourt GO Station Modifications
                                                                                   Community Access points
                                                                                   Noise Wall

                      Landscape features
                                           New passenger pick-
                                                                                          N
                      and noise wall
                                           up and drop off

                                           Improved street access
                                                                           Improved street access
                                           New noise wall
                                                                         Tunnel/platform access

                                           Relocated and new station
                                           building and plaza area

         New pedestrian stair access       New east platform, and
                                           relocated/reconstructed west platform
Agincourt GO Station Modifications
     New Station Building - Exterior

 New Station Building - Interior       Existing Station Building

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Agincourt Station Modifications
     Public Spaces and Community Connectivity
 Existing Dowry Street Approach – Looking East                    New Dowry Street Approach

                  Existing south from Marilyn Avenue   New Platform –south from Marilyn Avenue

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Focus Group Feedback: Public Spaces and
     Community Connectivity
     •   Like station concept for GO customers but want further consideration of
         community connectivity
          – Keep crossing at Marilyn for easy and safe access for children and
             seniors
          – Would like to see a well-lit pathway from Agincourt Drive to the platform
          – Like the new stair access from Sheppard Avenue on the east side of the
             corridor
     •   Green space on east side of the corridor at Agincourt Drive and Sheppard
         Avenue with playground equipment, some benches and trees that is fenced
         on the south side as a safety feature
          – Consider reducing parking at the north end of the station and create a
             path and additional green space for pedestrian use
     •   Want “Agincourt Village” signage that reflects the heritage of the Agincourt
         community and acts as a “gateway”
          – Perhaps name station (in name only, not officially) Agincourt Village GO
             station
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Focus Group Feedback: Pedestrian Access
     and Tunnels
     • Community pedestrians, students, and cyclists should not
       need to go through parking lot access tunnels to cross
       corridor
     • Would like to see an additional tunnel at Marilyn Avenue
     • Concern about safety in tunnels after GO service over night
        – Would like to see another option besides tunnel presented
          so people don’t have to access tunnels overnight
        – Concerns about graffiti in tunnels
     • Tunnels should be equipped with emergency phones or
       buttons, surveillance cameras, good lighting

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On-line Survey Feedback: Pedestrian
     Access and Tunnels
     • In terms of pedestrian access, the most important criteria is that it
       needs to be brightly lit.

     • Although directional, clearly visible entrance and clear signage to
       platforms, exit, elevators, etc. are more important to GO
       customers, safety (brightly lit access, CCTVs, mirrors, ) and
       convenience are more important to residents.

     • Pedestrian access that would connect Agincourt Dr. was also
       considered important.

     • Many of the community residents, including school children, use
       the current crossing at Marilyn Ave as a channel through which
       the community is connected from one side of the railway corridor
       to the other.
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Agincourt Station Modifications
     Platform Canopy/Enclosure

                                                     Sample Only –
     Agincourt GO – Platform Facing North            Danforth GO

                                  Sample Only - New Platform
                                  Shed Concept

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Focus Group Feedback: Platform
     Canopy/Enclosure
     •   Some committee members refer open canopy design versus the enclosed concept
          – Concern that canopy design and overall height will darken adjacent yards or would create
              cloud of diesel fumes
          – Would like to see a more traditional design of the canopy to reflect the heritage of the
              Agincourt Village
     •   Other committee members liked the enclosed canopy option if it would mitigate train noises as it
         entered the station. Would also mitigate noise associated with overnight snow removal and
         maintenance.
     •   Would like to see canopy and platforms well-lit to discourage vagrancy
     •   Ensure that lighting on platform is shielded so it doesn’t shine into adjacent properties
     •   Want to have the train shed connect into noise walls
     •   Concern that platform and retaining walls will contribute to drainage issues on adjacent properties
     •   Want to see an integrated storm water management system
     •   Make look and feel of retaining wall and noise wall integrated, so overall appearance is
         continuous
     •   Design to ensure there is station attendant views of the platform to monitor any issues

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On-line Survey Feedback: Platform
     Canopy/Enclosure

     • In general, the platform canopy design is appealing to most
       respondents. However, half of all residents find it unappealing.

     • Their biggest concern is that the glass structure is out of place and
       they would prefer a structure that would emphasize the history of
       the area.

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Agincourt Station Modifications
     Noise Walls
                                                                       Resident voting will
                                                                     determine the look of the
                                                                      residential side of the
                                                                           noise wall.

                                                                     Stay Tuned for details om
                                                                     options and how you will
     Noise Wall Selected for Phase 1 Limits   Product Sample Image         be engaged!

                                     Concept Pattern

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Focus Group/On-line Survey Feedback: Noise
     Walls
                    Focus Group                                  On-Line Survey

     • Want to make sure that all adjacent         • Noise walls with vines is the most
       properties are contacted so that              appealing design choice among all
       property owners have feedback to the          respondents.
       look and feel of the noise walls
                                                   • Display of art is least liked by local
     • On the east side, would like to see the       residents.
       noise walls integrated into the design of
       the retaining wall                          • One of the concerns with noise walls is
                                                     graffiti defacement.
     • Provide new, mature trees on
       residential side of the noise wall to
       preserve privacy and create a green
       space

     • Potential use of public art on the noise
       walls around the station

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Stay Connected
     Join our distribution list for email updates, flyers, and
     community meeting invitations.

     Your feedback is important to informing this project. You will have
     more opportunities to have your say by;

         • Attending our Quarterly public meetings and filling out our comment
           form

         • E-mailing us at scarboroughmarkham@metrolinx.com

         • Directly connecting with a member of the Community Relations team
           at 416.244.5306

         • Drop-in hours on Tuesday’s from 10AM-12PM at Agincourt
           Community Services Association (ACSA), 4155 Sheppard Ave. E.
           Ste 100

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