Phase 1 Consultation Summary

Phase 1 Consultation Summary
(November 2017 to January 2018)

The Eglinton East LRT project includes three major phases of work (see about page for more information on work phases). The first phase of work, which ran from approximately October 2017 to January 2018, focused on the identification of issue areas where modifications are required to update the 2009-approved Scarborough-Malvern LRT concept. Options and evaluation criteria for the issue areas were developed for review by stakeholders and the public. Communication and consultation with community members, stakeholders and agencies was a key component of Phase 1.

Over the course of the first phase of consultation the project team heard from over 100 people at meetings, at community pop-ups, on the project website and through email. Many great ideas and key questions were identified by the public and stakeholders. Community interests were brought to the forefront for planning priorities, and critical technical questions were identified to inform work to be completed in phases 2 and 3. This page provides a summary of what we did and what we heard in Phase 1 consultation.

A Phase 1 Consultation Summary Report has been produced that documents the purpose of Phase 1 consultation, identifies the Phase 1 consultation and communication activities completed, and summarizes the feedback received. To request a copy of the full report, please email us or call us at 416-338-2848.

Phase 1 Consultation Snapshot

A series of consultation and communication activities were held in Phase 1. These included: 38 communication touchpoints including meetings, notices and pop-up events; 150+ participants at events; 43 participant comment forms received; 4 public event notices; 3 public meetings; 1 stakeholder meeting; 2000+ postcards about the project distributed; 9,669 website hits; and 128 survey responses received online. The top 5 themes heard from the public and stakeholders during phase 1 were: • Extend the LRT line north to Malvern. • Provide details on corridor design and impacts. • Make good connections to existing and planned transit in Scarborough. • Make this project happen. Provide good planning for amenities and public spaces along corridor • Improve connections in Scarborough.

Phase 1 Consultation Goals and Activities

Goals for Phase 1 of the consultation and communications program included:

  • Build project interest;
  • Engage community leaders;
  • Encourage public participation;
  • Provide project contact;
  • Inform people of transit planning history, particularly in Scarborough;
  • Identify what has changed since the 2009 environmental assessment and what is under further study;
  • Obtain input on revised design options and evaluation criteria;
  • Obtain input on community priorities;
  • Obtain input on project process;
  • Gather inspiration for the future of the corridor (“Bank of Ideas” – visual creations); and,
  • Address questions.

Consultation and communications Activities to achieve Phase 1 goals:

  • Public Meeting Notifications (Newspaper Ads and Community Bulletins);
  • Online Communications (Social Media, Website Updates);
  • Online Engagement Activities (Online Survey and Community Priorities Mapping on the Website);
  • Formal Public and Stakeholder Consultation Events (Stakeholder Meetings and Public Meetings);
  • Informal In-Person Pop-Up Events (Planners in Public Spaces – PiPS);
  • Contact list updates/email-outs;
  • Distribution of Public and Stakeholder Consultation Meetings Summary Reports; and,
  • Distribution of Project Postcards.

Left: presenters speaking at a public meeting. Right: example of materials used in the placemaking activity at public meetings

What We Heard in Phase 1

Overall Corridor Input

Some input received related to the project as a whole and the overall LRT corridor design. In particular, questions and comments related to:

  • Timeline for construction – interest in knowing when this project would be built and operating. This related to support for project implementation as well as interest in understanding project construction impacts;
  • Funding commitments – interest in understanding what the funding commitments have been and if the project is funded for construction;
  • Traffic impacts once operational – interest in understanding what the traffic impacts will be along the corridor and if there are opportunities for grade separation; and,
  • Connectivity within Scarborough – interest in understanding how the Eglinton East LRT line will connect with the wider transit system in Scarborough and beyond and how connections will be made/improved to key destinations and communities in the study area. This includes improvements to sidewalks, cycling, auto and other transit connections.

The comments received on the overall corridor focused mainly on issues that are still being addressed through the work underway by the project team. The timeline for construction, funding commitments and traffic impacts are under study. Results of the traffic study, including impacts to auto, pedestrian, and bus transit movements along the corridor, will be included in the consultation materials for Phase 2.

Throughout all of the consultation events, there was general interest in making this LRT project come to life!

Specific Comments on Key Issue Areas Along Corridor

Some input received focused specifically on the technical issue areas under study in Phase 1 (see current work for more information on the technical issue areas). The key themes heard for each technical issue area were:

  • Kennedy Station and Crosstown Integration:
    • Connect the LRT service between the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and the Eglinton East LRT through Kennedy Station so that passengers do not have to transfer; and,
    • Maintain subway and bus connections at Kennedy Station – do not impact existing service.
  • Eglinton – Kingston Road:
    • Make sure the design considers walkability and safe pedestrian connections for stops and transfers to bus service;
    • Provide more information about the bus service loop; and,
    • No specific option received significantly more support.
  • Kingston – Lawrence – Morningside:
    • Provide more information on the impacts of the options including traffic impacts, cost and business impacts;
    • Provide good connections for transfers to/from bus service;
    • Concern that grade-separated options are too costly but that grade separation would be better from a traffic impact perspective; and,
    • No specific option received significantly more support although Option 1 had very little support.
  • UTSC Integration:
    • Support for design concepts was varied between running the LRT line through campus or extending the line straight up Morningside beside campus;
    • There was interest in the LRT providing good connections with UTSC and serving the UTSC population; and,
    • There was interest in receiving more information about the cost of the options and if connecting through UTSC would slow down the service.
  • Northern Extension – Connecting Malvern:
    • Significant support for extending the line to Malvern Town Centre;
    • Interest was mostly focused on getting an extension to Malvern rather than specific alignment preferences;
    • Options 4 and 5 received the most interest from participants.

The input received on the technical issue areas was shared with the technical project team and consultants to consider in progressing and assessing the options for each issue area. Phase 2 will present recommendations for the technical issue areas which will include consideration of the public input received in Phase 1.

Input on Placemaking Along the Corridor
Participants engaging in the placemaking activity at a public meeting

Scarborough is a diverse community composed of different perspectives, priorities, and communities. To capture this diversity, a creative placemaking activity was designed for the Phase 1 Public Meetings. The activity was a facilitated creative mapping activity that helped Scarborough residents identify their priorities for placemaking opportunities along the Eglinton East LRT corridor. The priorities identified will feed into planning studies for the Eglinton East LRT corridor. Key themes of connectivity, heritage preservation, improved access to amenities and redevelopment opportunities were heard.

A summary document of the key placemaking input heard has been prepared. Please contact us to request a copy.

You can also view the ideas for placemaking that have been submitted online and submit your own ideas through the Share Your Corridor Wish activity. We hope to hear from you!

 

The Phase 1 Consultation Summary Report provides more detail on the input received. To request a copy of the full report, please email us or call us at 416-338-2848.

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