Why Do We Need New Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs)?

  • Existing streetcars are 30 to 40 years old and have reached the end of their useful lives.
  • Replacement fleet of 204 new low floor Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) will:
    • Improve passenger flow and reduced crowding with multiple doors for entry/exit.
    • Enhance access for people with disabilities, seniors, families with strollers.
    • Carry 80% more passengers per vehicle.
    • Increase system capacity 35% and will accommodate growth for 20 years.
  • Delivery of LRVs to commence in 2013.

City of Toronto's Future Direction: Promote Sustainability

City of Toronto Official Plan initiatives include:

  • Reduce dependence on car
  • Protection of stable neighbourhoods
  • Integration of land use - transportation
  • Pro-transit orientation

Why Do We Need a New Maintenance & Storage Facility (MSF)?

  • New LRV design cannot be maintained at existing facilities.
  • Insufficient amount of storage track at Roncesvalles and Russell carhouses.
  • Roncesvalles and Russell carhouse required to store approximately 50 LRVs at each facility, including minor repairs/daily cleaning.

Key Project Milestones

Table of Key Milestones
Meeting Date Purpose
May 2008 Commission approved Facility Master Plan
June 16, 17, 18 2009 TTC Site Selection Open House
December 16, 2010 TTC Commission Meeting - Site Selection
February 18, 2010

TTC Preliminary Planning Public Open House #1

Introduce Transit Project Assessment (TPA) Process

April 8, 2010

TTC Preliminary Planning Public Consultation Presentation #2

Present Technical Preferred Connection Track Option

May 18, 2010

City of Toronto Public Works Committee Meeting

Approve TTC use of Ashbridges Bay site

May 19, 2010 TTC Landscape Design Competition Public Open House Meeting
June 2, 2010 Ashbridges Bay site and Leslie Street Connecting Track approved by TTC Commission
June 9, 2010 Ashbridges Bay site and Leslie Street Connecting Track approved City Council
June 24, 2010 Notice of Commencement for TPA Process
July 14 & 15, 2010 Meeting with Leslie Street Resident and Property Owners
July 28, 2010 Transit Project Assessment Process Public Consultation Presentation #3
August 8 & 10, 2010 Landscape Design Competition Event

Planning Underway: Transit Project Assessment Process

This project is being conducted under Ontario Regulation 231/08, Ontario's Transit Project Assessment Process.

Key Aspects include:

  • Developed to accelerate the Environmental Assessment process for public transit projects.
  • Six-month timeline from start to finish, including 30-day public review and 35-day MOE review periods.
  • Fulfills requirements of Environmental Assessment Act, including assessment of potential environmental effects.
  • Public, Agency and First Nations consultation will continue to be essential.
  • The Minister of the Environment considers matters of "provincial importance" and constitutionally protected Aboriginal or treaty rights when reviewing the project.

What are matters of provincial importance?

  • Natural environment
  • Cultural heritage

Overview: the Study Area

  • Recommended Ashbridges Bay MSF site - located at Lake Shore Boulevard East & Leslie Street intersection.
  • Leslie Street tracks will connect MSF to existing Queen Street East streetcar service.
  • The City of Toronto Official Plan (2006) identifies Leslie Street as a future Higher Order Transit Corridor.

Recommended Site Layout

Layout Features:

  • Maintain 204 LRVs and store up to 100 LRVs.
  • Includes a main building with a green roof designed in accordance with Toronto Green Standards, and an electrical substation.
  • Approximately 470 employees to work at the facility.
  • The facility will include the following activities: daily servicing and cleaning, preventative and corrective maintenance.
  • On-site stormwater management pond.
  • The majority of the LRVs will leave and return to the site outside of rush hour periods.

Recommended Leslie Street Connecting Track Design

Track Design Features:

  • LRVs will operate in mixed traffic (centre lanes).
  • On-street parking maintained.
  • Access to all driveways and parking lots maintained.
  • Four through lanes on Leslie Street between Queen Street and Commissioners Street.
  • Existing left-turn lanes remain.
  • LRVs will primarily operate outside of rush hour periods.

Effects Assessment

The Transit Project Assessment Process assessed the potential effects associated with the facility and the connecting tracks based on the following factors:

  • Socio-Economic & Land Use Environment
    • Potential effects on residences and businesses
    • Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and First Nations
    • Proposed & approved land uses
    • Safety and operation of Martin Goodman Trail
  • Noise and Vibration
    • Potential effects of noise and vibration levels of sensitive receptors
  • Natural Environment
    • Terrestrial
    • Hydrogeology
    • Contaminated Soils
  • Air Quality
    • Potential effects of dust, odour, fine particulates, etc. on identified sensitive receptors
  • Traffic and Transportation
    • Intersection operations
    • Traffic operations
    • Roadway parking/loading
    • Constructability
    • Operation and maintenance

Potential Effects – Natural Environment

Vegetation and Wildlife

Key Effects:

  • Removal of low quality vegetation habitat and trees that are not Provincially significant.

Mitigation:

  • Removing vegetation between August 1 and April 14, to ensure bird nests are protected in order to be in compliance with the Migratory Birds Convention Act.
  • Green roofs on main building will sustain low herbaceous vegetation and provide some habitat for insects and birds.
  • Trees removed that full under the City's Tree By-Law (seven trees with diameter of 30 cm or higher at breast height (dbh) will be replaced at a 3-to-1 ratio (21 trees).
  • New plantings will be incorporated into the Ashbridges Bay MSF landscape design.

Stormwater Management

Key Effects:

  • Stormwater quality and quantity

Mitigation:

  • Utilize low impact development (LID) Best Management Practices and a wet pond.
  • Final site grade will be higher than the estimated regional flood water level.

On-site Soil

Key Effects:

  • Impacted soil (mound) to be removed from the site.

Mitigation:

  • Comply with the Risk Assessment Plan
  • Establish a Construction Liaison Group
  • Adhere to the Soil Removal and Capping Contract that:
    • Complies with all federal, provincial and local licenses and certificates of approval.
    • Identifies air quality and dust suppression measures.
    • Identifies haul routes that minimize community effects.

Potential Effects – Socio-economic & Air quality

Martin Goodman Trail

Key Effects:

  • Site access and new tracks will cross the Martin Goodman Trail.

Mitigation:

  • The track design has been developed to combine the access with existing crossing point.
  • Explore measures that may include signage, surface treatments on the path/sidewalk, signal control, bollards and audible warnings (bell, horns).

Air Quality:

Key Effects:

  • During construction - potential for nuisance dust.
  • During operations - servicing and maintenance activities have the potential to produce emissions.

Mitigation:

  • During construction - a dust control program would include dust suppression (water), road sweeping, and cleaning of vehicle tires.
  • During operations - ventilation and capture and control systems, and energy efficient building design to reduce emissions.

Potential Effects - Noise & Vibration

Assessment is based on existing streetcar data. Measurement of noise and vibration of Prototype LRV in early 2012 to determine effects on new LRVs.

Noise and Vibration - at Site

Key Effects:

  • For nearest residences (approximately 240 metres from site), noise levels may exceed MOE limits by two decibels (based on existing data).
  • Vibration - no effect resulting from MSF.

Mitigation

  • Should noise levels remain above MOE limit, installation of an acousting barrier along the north and west end of the site may be required to ensure noise levels are compliant with MOE Limit (Leq) (dBA).
  • Track-based technologies (e.g. lubrication) will assist in minimizing wheel screech.

Noise & Vibration - along Leslie Street

Key Effects:

  • Noise - for residences 7 to 10 metres away from the tracks, noise levels would exceed MOE limits by up to 3 decibels.
  • Vibration - for residences up to 15 metres away from the tracks, vibration levels would exceed MOE limits.

Mitigation:

Depending on results of the noise and vibration modelling undertaken for Prototype LRV in 2012, the following measures will be explored further:

  • Upgrades to the existing track-design to minimize vibration at the source.
  • Receiver-side mitigation.

Potential Effects - Traffic

Key Effects:

  • Safety and access to Maintenance and Storage Facility site (LRVs and automobiles).
  • Some manageable challenges anticipated for Leslie Street during LRV operations, including the Leslie Street/Lake Shore Boulevard East intersection (as most will operate outside of rush hour periods).

Mitigation:

  • Review signal timings and LRV detection capabilities along Leslie Street to optimize traffic operations along the Leslie Street corridor.
  • Lengthen northbound left turn lane on Leslie Street at Lake Shore Boulevard to facilitate turning movements.
  • Provide an exclusive southbound left turn lane on Leslie Street at Commissioners Street to facilitate LRV and vehicle movements; provide an exclusive westbound right turn lane and a shared left through lane for the east leg of Commissioners Street.

Expected weekday use - 230 LRV trips per day

Most of the LRVs will operate outside of the morning and evening rush hour periods

Landscape Design Competition:

Creating an Exciting Community Vision

  • Landscape Design Competition launched to generate an exciting and "green" vision for the landscaping around the MSF.
  • Three leading urban design landscape firms participating in the competition were introduced to the Public at the May 19 Public Meeting.
  • The landscape design competition includes the areas between the existing curbs along Lake Shore Boulevard and Leslie Street to the planned Facility's outer boundary.

Our Commitment to Consult

  • Consultation with local community throughout site planning, design and construction activities.
  • Establishment of a Construction Liaison Group.
  • Dedicated Community Liaison Officer:
    • Full-time on project
    • Responsible for communicating with residents, business and property owners and other community stakeholders.
    • Point of contact for the community - direct communication with Project Manager.
    • Transportation Services and other City services.
    • Complaints process.
    • Regular updates via e-mail, website and community flyers.

Future Steps

Fall 2010 - Select Landscape Design Firm:

  • Develop selected design to detail design stage
  • Engage community to develop concepts for Leslie Street connection

Fall 2010 - File Environmental Project Report:

  • Notice of Completion of Transit Project Assessment Process
  • 30-day public and agency review period
  • Anticipated receipt of Notice to Proceed from Ministry of the Environment after 35-day review period

Late 2010 - Commence Soil Removal

Spring/Summer 2011 - Commence MSF construction

2013 - Complete MSF and connection track construction